Welcome 2020 isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. It’s about finding your own space, place and people, and doing it on your own terms. We know that not everyone’s a UK undergrad, fresh out of school and living in halls, and we’ve put together some contacts and tips that’ll help you prep for your first few weeks.

If you’re going to be commuting to NTU or not living in halls, don’t assume you’ll miss out on any of the fun stuff. There are loads of social media groups (especially on Facebook) that’ll help you stay connected all through Welcome 2020, and you can click here for a list of events created with you in mind.

It’s the same deal for our mature and postgraduate students – so forget the myth that Welcome events, activities and societies aren’t for you, because they absolutely are. Whether you’re two or twenty years older than our other freshers, just remember that everybody’s new, and everyone’s trying to make connections in those early days. Again, you can use our listings to find activities and events that have been designed specifically for you, but try your best to mix it up – you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your new coursemates, after all!

However, if you are looking for some guidance that’s more tailored to your personal circumstances (as a mature or commuting student, or one who’s not living in halls) we’ve also reserved a social and study space just for you. Based in the Dryden building on our City Campus, your Mature & Commuting Students’ Hub will be open 10—4 pm, from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October. There’ll be Student Ambassadors and Student Mentors on hand to answer any of your questions, and you can also take our tailored campus tour to get acquainted with the uni before Welcome even kicks off.

We work hard to make our Welcome events as accessible as possible. If you have a registered disability or specific learning difference and you’re concerned about it impacting your Welcome experience, just let us know – we’ll be happy to help!

If you’re an international student, you’ll probably still be settling into British life once Welcome 2020 comes around. Our job is to make that transition as easy as possible for you. It’s natural to be nervous, but just remember that you’re in the same position as thousands of other students. If you need anything – whether it’s advice, or just a quick chat with a friendly face – come and see us at the Virtual Global Lounge.

Finally, if you’re a Confetti or Mansfield student, remember that you’re just as much a part of NTU as everyone else – and we’d encourage you to participate in as many of our events as possible. Welcome 2020 is a great opportunity to get to know Nottingham and the University, and to meet new friends… so make sure you don’t miss out!