3rd October 2019
Nottingham University Essential Bits To Remember
It’s a new chapter in your life, and with information being thrown at you from all angles, it can be easy to forget bits you really need to remember when starting university. If you’re heading to either of Nottingham’s campuses for the first time this September, you’ll be in the thick of a fresher’s buzz before you know it. There are a number of things that usually slip the mind when moving, especially if this is your first time living away from home, so we have created a handy guide below to help you out!
Unfortunately, most of us will need to see a doctor at some point during our time at university. Whether it’s because of pesky fresher’s flu, or something a bit more serious, it’s always a good idea to sign up to your new local doctor’s surgery should anything happen.
There a few options, depending on which university you attend and the site you are based:
Nottingham Trent University: We advise that you register for the doctors as soon as you can, so you aren’t burdened with forms to fill in should you feel unwell.
City campus – Student Health Centre
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Entrance on Peel Street
Clifton campus – Sunrise Medical Practice
Student Services Centre
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Brackenhurst campus – This medical practice is recommended but not affiliated to Nottingham Trent University.
Southwell Medical Centre
University of Nottingham: If you’re beginning your studies here, you’ll be reassured to know that it has just the one practice: The University of Nottingham Health Service. Once you’re settled and unpacked, head over to the practice, fill in a few forms and you’re good to go.
Cripps Health Centre
If there’s something a little more urgent, the Nottingham NHS Walk-In Centre is located at Seaton House, on London Road.
It’s never anyone’s favourite appointment, but ensuring that you see a dentist regularly can keep your pearly whites in the best working order, and save you from annoying toothache.
The University of Nottingham has an on-campus dental practice, Cripps Dental Centre, which is conveniently located in University Park, right next to the health centre.
Nottingham Trent University doesn’t have a dedicated dental practice but here are a few suggestions, depending on where you’re living:
City Dental Practice, Kings Walk, NG1 2AE
Derby Road Dental Practice, 278 Derby Road, Lenton, NG7 1PZ
Southchurch Dental Practice, 114 Southchurch Drive, NG11 8AD
For most, heading to university is the first step into handling your own finances, especially with rent to pay and food to buy. Although the bank of mum and dad may be on hand to help out, it’s a great idea to open a student bank account to help you along your journey – especially when the first student loan drops…
It’s simple to open a student bank account, and most banks let you do it online too. All you will need to hand is your proof of ID, proof of address and your UCAS acceptance letter to prove that you are now a fully-fledged student.
Both NTU and UoN offer advice on their websites when it comes to opening a bank account but if you are yet to source one – here’s what a few are offering for the class of 2019:
NatWest and RBS offer an interest-free overdraft and either a tastecard, Amazon Prime Student membership or National Express Coachcard. Your city centre branches are located just off the Old Market Square near the tram stops.
HSBC is offering students £100 when they open up a student bank account this year. They also offer interest-free overdrafts and a range of offers to help your money go further. You can find HSBC on Clumber Street in Nottingham city centre.
Lloyds offers a free TOTUM card with any student account opened between August and 31 October, which will save you lots of money throughout the year. On top of this, they offer students interest-free overdrafts. There’s a Lloyds Bank situated across from the Victoria Centre, facing Urban Outfitters.
Santander offers a free 4-year 16-25 Railcard as well as an interest-free overdraft to new students. The Nottingham branch is based on Clumber Street, across from McDonalds.
University life is exciting but it can also be quite pressurising and some may find it tough. If you find yourself needing some support, whether that be relating to your health and wellbeing or your studies, both universities have some options, so don’t feel like you’re on your own.
Both Nottingham universities have wellbeing services where you can go with any issues you have:
Nottingham Trent University has an online support service, SilverCloud, specifically designed to help if you are experiencing anxiety or stress issues. They also have the option for you to fill in a form detailing what you need help with, and someone will respond to you to arrange a face-to-face appointment.
University of Nottingham offers a similar system. Fill in a form online and your query will be answered. Alternatively, each campus has a Student Services Centre, which is open Monday to Friday.
Your students union will be the hub of all university activity, right from the beginning of your first week. Make sure you check out which sports clubs and societies you’d like to join, and get in touch via their individual social media pages if you have any questions.
As well as the fun stuff, the SU is also available to represent students and provide support and advice on all kinds of issues, from your course, to health, to finances.
For more information on your SU, visit www.trentstudents.org for Nottingham Trent University or www.su.nottingham.ac.uk for University of Nottingham. They are both active on all social channels so make sure you’re following so you don’t miss out on anything!