What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week is a varied and vibrant programme of activities and events designed to welcome you to Nottingham Trent University. This year we have over 500 activities for you to get involved in, which we hope will help you to make friends whilst also giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and try something new! Many activities are repeated throughout the week, and most are either free or heavily subsidised. We feel confident that Welcome Week offers something for everyone!

Making Welcome Week Work For You

Our diverse and inclusive student community is formed of students from all walks of life. Undergraduates. Postgraduates. Full-time students. Part-time students. Distance learners. Students from the UK. Students from the EU. Students from all around the world. School Leavers. Mature students. Student parents. Students with caring responsibilities. Care leavers. Disabled students. Students of all faiths, and of none. Ethnic minority students. LGBT+ students. Students living in halls. Students living at home. And everything in between.

Lena Rueff

It’s fine if all the people you’ve met so far want to do one thing and you’d rather do something else; there is something available for everyone and you will meet new people at every event you go to.

Lena Rueff, BSc (Hons) Physics with Forensic Applications
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Welcome Week is your introduction to your new student community. It’s full of opportunities to make friends with people you identify with as well as meet and learn from those of other backgrounds and cultures. Whilst the people you live with and study alongside may well become your friends for life, many people meet their soul-sisters (and brothers!) by searching out people with similar interests or backgrounds at society events, sports sessions, language tasters, drop-in sessions and trips and tours, or just by bumping into them at a lunch or BBQ event. Every Welcome Week event is a chance to make a friend for life. There are over 500 of those chances listed on this website. Go get ‘em!

Welcome Week For Different Student Groups

Welcome Week offers something for everyone, but we recognise that some groups of students might find it more of a challenge than others to get involved. We’ve asked several students from these groups to tell us about their own experiences of Welcome Week and their top tips for new students. Read more here.

Nino Briffa

Try out any event or activity that takes your fancy, as with all things in life- you won't know if you'll like it till you've tried it!

Nino Briffa, BA (Hons) Product Design
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You are not alone

Starting at university can be an overwhelming experience for some people, and if you find yourself feeling homesick, anxious or out of place, you are not alone. If Welcome Week isn’t working for you, please let us know. We have lots of support in place to help you settle in.

Feel free to pop along to one of our Welcome Week information points for a cup of tea, some biscuits and a chat with our friendly welcome team. We’ll be on hand to listen without judgement, offer advice, suggest events that might work for you, and signpost you to the right people if you’re in need of any further support.

Nino Briffa

The more you get involved, the more you will get out of it. It's important to realise that everyone is feeling nervous whatever their age, and everybody is trying to find their way around this new experience. Making contact with other students, mature or otherwise, will help you feel more involved in student life and open the doors to other opportunities.

Nino Briffa, BA (Hons) Product Design
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Nino Briffa

The more you get involved, the more you will get out of it. It's important to realise that everyone is feeling nervous whatever their age, and everybody is trying to find their way around this new experience. Making contact with other students, mature or otherwise, will help you feel more involved in student life and open the doors to other opportunities.

Nino Briffa, BA (Hons) Product Design
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Natalie Bullin

Create Facebook chats before you start and arrange to meet with people for an activity, night out or just a drink or meal together.

Natalie Bullin, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
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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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Sign up to a few societies as 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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Juliana Hatwell

Relax and have fun!

Juliana Hatwell, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
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