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What to bring to university

Here’s what to bring with you to make your arrival at NTU as smooth as possible.

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The practical things 

Bring your paperwork

Have copies of letters from NTU, student finance (UK-based student only) and UCAS. Make sure you have your student finance login details, so that any problems can be sorted quickly. Bring at least one form of ID with you.

International students will need to bring your passport, visa decision letter and a copy of your confirmation to study at NTU email. These will also be helpful if you want to apply for part-time work whilst you are in the UK. Our International Student Support team can advise you on applying for a National Insurance number so you can do this.

Bring some money

If you have applied for a maintenance from your UK Student Finance Service and it has been approved, it usually takes 3 to 5 working days from the date you become fully enrolled and activate your student card for it to reach your bank account (though no loans will be paid prior to the start of the academic term).

It’s a good idea to bring some money with you to cover the first week – how much you spend is up to you, but we recommend you bring at least £200, or more if you applied for your funding late. Part-time funding for living costs is paid later in the term, so part-time students should plan accordingly for this.

Make sure you’re insured

We recommend that you take out insurance to cover your belongings in case they get broken or stolen. If you’re living in University accommodation, basic insurance cover will be included. If you’re in private accommodation, you’ll need to arrange your own cover.

The things for student life

There are plenty of sports teams at NTU, so make sure you bring your kit with you. NTU Sport also offer gym packages – visit the NTU Sport team at the City or Clifton Campus for more information, and to sign up for gym membership.

Whether you're a classically trained musician or looking to form a rock band, NTU Music offers ensembles and activities to suit all tastes and abilities.

Your first week is a great time to try something new or to get involved with clubs and societies of interest – so pack your Frisbees, knitting needles, netballs and instruments!

Kit out your new home

If you’re staying in NTU accommodation, you’ll need bedding and bits and pieces for the kitchen, such as bowls, cutlery, pans, can openers etc. You can bring these, or buy them in Nottingham when you arrive. If you’re living somewhere else, check what’s provided. Bring things to make your room feel like home, too.

UniKitOut provide bespoke student packages from kitchen to bedding packs – and all the extras you might need for your new home – at discounted rates. You can get your pack delivered directly to your new accommodation so it's waiting for you when you get here.

Save 10% on your UniKitOut order with the discount code 'TRENT10'

Save 10% on your UniKitOut order with the discount code 'TRENT10'

Bringing a car to NTU

If you’re planning on bringing a car with you to NTU, make sure you make the necessary arrangements depending on which campus you’ll be studying at, or where you’ll be living.

  • City Campus

    Parking at our City Campus

    On-site parking facilities are available at our Blenheim, Maltings, Meridian Court, Norton Court and Simpsons residences only. The Maltings and Meridian Court also include a free travel pass to make it easy to get to campus.

    There are no on-site parking facilities for students living in our Byron, Gill Street North, Gill Street South, Hampden, Sandby or Waverley Street accommodation – but our teaching facilities are only a ten-minute walk away.

    Travelling by car

    If you live outside of Nottingham city centre and plan to travel to the City Campus by car, we recommend using the city’s Park & Ride services, as parking in the centre can quickly become expensive. We recommend that you use one of the following sites:

    • The Forest (NG7 6AQ)
    • Phoenix Park (NG8 6AS)
    • Toton Lane (NG9 7JA)

    Visit the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) site for more information on the city’s Park & Ride services. You can use the discounted Student Mango Card on the NET tram in Nottingham. The Robin Hood Network provides Park & Ride options for both bus and tram services, so visit their website for more information.

    Travelling by tram

    Nottingham Tram Network serves the city centre and many of the outlying suburbs and villages. You'll find stops in key locations around the city, including right outside our City Campus, and just a short 10-minute walk from our Clifton Campus.

    Find more information on discounted travel options for students on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) website.

    Travelling by bus

    Nottingham City Transport (NCT) offer frequent routes across Nottingham, with buses running to all our campuses. Visit the NCT website for more information on discounted travel options for students – and activate your NTU Student Card for a 15% monthly discount on bus travel.

    A Student Mango Card provides savings on single travel fares and can be used on most Trent Barton buses, as well as the tram. Visit the Trent Barton website for more information on routes and fares.

    The Robin Hood Network makes travelling across Nottingham’s bus, tram and train networks easy – and they offer discounted travel cards for students too.

    If you’re studying at Clifton or Brackenhurst, you may also choose to live in the city centre. The Go2 Uni 4 bus runs every seven minutes to Clifton, and there is a regular bus service to Brackenhurst.

  • Clifton Campus

    Parking at Clifton Campus

    Postcode: NG11 8NS

    There are limited parking facilities for students at our Clifton Campus. If your term-time address is outside of the NG14 postcode area, if you have extenuating circumstances – such as a medical condition that makes travelling by public transport difficult – or if you are a Blue Badge holder, you’ll need to purchase a parking permit from the online store. Email cliftoncitycarparking@ntu.ac.uk for a parking application form.

    If you intend to travel to the Clifton Campus by car, and are not entitled to purchase a parking permit, we recommended that you use the city’s Park & Ride services. Use the following site and alight at the Rivergreen stop. Our Clifton Campus (NG11 8NS) is a ten-minute walk from Rivergreen:

    • Clifton South (NG11 8BF) – purchase a £1.50 return ticket before you board the tram.

    Visit the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) site for more information on the city’s Park & Ride services. You can use the discounted Student Mango Card on most Trent Barton buses, as well as the tram.

    Travelling by tram

    Nottingham’s tram network serves the city centre and many of the outlying suburbs and villages. You'll find stops in key locations around the city, including right outside our City Campus, and just a short 10-minute walk from our Clifton Campus.

    Find more information on discounted travel options for students on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) website.

    Travelling by bus

    The Go2Uni4 bus service travels from the City Campus to Clifton Campus, every 7–10 minutes during term-time. This also means that if you’re studying at our Clifton Campus, living in the city centre is an easy and accessible option.

    Nottingham City Transport (NCT) offer frequent routes across Nottingham, with buses running to all our campuses. Visit the NCT website for more information on discounted travel options for students – and activate your NTU student card for a 15% monthly discount on bus travel.

  • Brackenhurst Campus

    Travelling by car

    There are free parking facilities at the Brackenhurst Campus for students who do not live on campus.

    If you live on campus and plan to bring a car, a limited number of parking permits will be available from the online store in September.

    Travelling by bus

    The NCT 26 and 26A buses run between our Brackenhurst Campus and Nottingham city centre, seven days a week. There’s also a night-bus that leaves Nottingham at midnight, 1.30 am and 3 am on Friday and Saturday, too. This means that you have the option to live in the city centre whilst studying at our Brackenhurst Campus.


    Activate your NTU Student Card for bus travel and save 15% on monthly Easyrider prices. Academic term and year passes are both available.

The things for your studies...

Equipment for your course

Check what books and equipment you’ll need for your studies in your course induction information. You can always get hold of things when you’re in here, but it’s a good idea to be prepared before you arrive.

IT needs

Our current students’ section has information about the IT facilities at NTU – including how to download your free copy of Microsoft Office 365 for students.

Health and wellbeing at NTU

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked. It’s a fact that if you’re feeling well and safeguarding your health, you’re more likely to perform better in your studies. Our Healthy NTU guide provides information and links on important health and wellbeing topics, as well as the services and support available to help you make the most of life at NTU.

Our Wellbeing Services team are here to provide you with information, advice, self-help resources and support, including our online resource – SilverCloud.

If your emotional health and wellbeing begins to have a negative impact on your NTU experience and you would like some advice and support from our Wellbeing team, please contact us using our form.

You should also check out Student Minds’ helpful guides on university life.

Meningitis Now

Get the MenACWY vaccine before you arrive

We encourage all new students going to university or college for the first time to protect themselves against meningitis. Get the MenACWY vaccine from your GP before you arrive at NTU –  and visit the NHS website to find out more.

Identifying meningitis is not always easy. Early symptoms can be missed or mistaken for something else. Head to the Meningitis Now website for a full list of signs and symptoms, and for more information about meningitis.

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