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.

My top tip for you is to talk to anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter who you talk to, just talk, get yourself out there. There's a chance that you'll make a friend for life, someone who you'll go on adventures with or someone you may not see again after Welcome, but you won't regret speaking to them. There are people from all over at University, you cannot even begin to imagine the conversations you'll have!

Blessing Ayenge, BA (Hons) German and Linguistics
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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!

Nino Briffa

Joining the Mature Student's Facebook page was a real benefit for me to getting involved in Welcome activities, and throughout the whole of my first year. Through it, I found other mature students and could arrange meeting up with them to go to events.

Nino Briffa, BA (Hons) Product Design
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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.

Natalie Bullin

As soon as Welcome is over, you’ll make loads more friends from your course too.

Natalie Bullin, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
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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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Sign up to a few Societies at the Freshers' Fair. Don’t sign up to hundreds, but sign up to a few. I would definitely recommend LEX Law Society, it is great for new students to join to gain extra opportunities to benefit them, as well as several social events.

Ed Gould, LLB Law (Hons) Full Time
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Karen Nkhata

Contact other people through the Trent Freshers and Not In Halls Facebook groups – lots of people are in the same situation and everyone is helpful.

Karen Nkhata, Law (Hons) LLB
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