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.

Sarah Swanwick

My most important message is never feel alone! The University and Students’ Union have amazing help and support teams. We have students that run events, meetings and socials for mature students and students with caring responsibilities. A worry shared is a worry solved, and talking to other mature students and student parents during Welcome Week really made a big difference for me.

Sarah Swanwick, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
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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.

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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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 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.

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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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 Week, 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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Join your Facebook course and halls pages if you have not done so already.

Sophie Mumford, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
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Natalie Bullin

Reach out to people and don’t be afraid to talk to strangers!

Natalie Bullin, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
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