What is it?

A huge programme of activities and events spread over ten days and nights, and designed to help you settle into NTU.

What’s in it for me?

Everything! If you’re nervous about starting uni – and let’s be honest, everyone is – Welcome 2019 is the perfect ice-breaker, giving you the chance to meet new people and get to grips with your surroundings. Whoever you are and whatever your interests, there’s going to be something here for everyone.

Ghazi Maraqa

Attend as many events as possible.

Ghazi Maraqa, MSc Management & Human Resource Management
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How can I make the most of it?

Use this site, and check in as often as you can. It’s the best way of keeping up to date with everything that’s going on during Welcome 2019.

Aside from that, our advice would be to lose your inhibitions (within reason!). Everybody’s a bit self-conscious at the start of this journey, so take advantage of that and keep an open mind. Talk to people, listen to them, and embrace new opportunities. Our biggest strength is our diversity, and you’ll have the chance in these first few days to meet people from all walks of life – UK undergrads, international postgrads, care leavers, student parents, and everyone in between.

So embrace that range, seek out people with similar interests to you, and try some new things – stuff that’s outside of your comfort zone. Adventure is its own reward!

Juliana Hatwell

Relax and have fun!

Juliana Hatwell, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
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Don’t panic – we’ve got you

Feeling nervy in your first few days here? Anxious? A little homesick?

We’ll do everything we can during Welcome 2019 to help you settle in, but if things just aren’t sitting right, please let us know. Pop over to one of our Information Points, or visit our Student Support Services team – we’re on hand whether you’re looking for a quick chat, or access to some more specific help.

We know that for some of you, throwing yourself immediately into the Welcome 2019 celebrations might be more of a challenge. We’ve asked several students from these groups to tell us about their own experiences of these first few days at uni, and their top tips for new arrivals. Read more here.

I'd make an effort to go out with people from halls or to throw yourself into the organised events for non-traditional students. You'll never have the opportunity again to spend an entire week making connections with people - don't waste it!

Rich Bromhall, PhD in English
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Natalie Bullin

You will be nervous, and it probably will be slightly awkward at first, but don’t let it stop you from going to places alone, you will meet people and they may turn out to be your best friend!

Natalie Bullin, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
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Use the Welcome website to find things to do like ice skating or something you're interested in, to meet people and get to see the city more.

Kirsche Walker, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
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Libby Farrier-Williams

Hearing from current postgraduate students or recent alumni can be a real motivator, so look out for events that offer that opportunity.

Libby Farrier-Williams, MSc Management and Marketing
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