Your Next Steps
You’ll receive a printed copy of the Your Next Steps offer holders’ guide in your offer pack. You can also read it online here.
Offer Holder Events
One of the best ways to find out more about NCH is to come along to one of our Offer Holder Afternoons. During the day you will go on a tour of College, have afternoon tea with some of our academics and current students, meet other offer holders and take part in our ‘Photo Scavenger Hunt‘.
Our upcoming Offer Holder Afternoons are on the following dates:
- 16 March 2019, 1 pm to 5 pm
- 13 April 2019, 3 pm to 6.30 pm
- 6 July 2019, 3 pm to 6.30 pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place.
You are also more than welcome to come along to any of our taster lectures that interest you, where you will also be able to speak to some of our current students and meet some of our world-renowned visiting professors.
See what’s coming up here.
Term Dates, Reading Lists and Buddies
Find out NCH’s term dates here.
Download NCH’s latest reading lists here.
Chat with your buddy here.
NCH Freshers' Facebook Group
Once you have received an offer from NCH, we’ll add you to our Offer Holder and Freshers’ Facebook group, where you can meet other offer holders and some of our current students.
Of course, you’ll also have your buddy, who can answer any queries you have about student life. Find your buddy, and other current students, here.
Student & Academic Services are based in the Central Office, alongside Facilities and Careers.
The key people you’ll meet and liaise with throughout your time at NCH are:
- Emma Norman, Learning and Assessment Support Officer
- Hanna Hirvonen, Mental Health Adviser
- Katherine Walsh, Academic Services Coordinator
- Lee Fenwick, Academic Operations Officer
- Sanjay Nair, Facilities Coordinator
- Rosalind Barrs, Registrar
The Central Office is open Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm, students are welcome to drop-in between those times or email/telephone the teams. Students are also able to book private appointments to discuss confidential matters.
You will meet everyone in Freshers’ Week, where they will explain their roles in further detail. For more information on support for students, please see here.
The NCH Student Union also has an elected Welfare & Diversity Officer, Sophia Swindlehurst, her role involves:
- Fostering a more open and honest collegiate attitude towards mental health, for example, by implementing the family and buddy systems
- Being a platform for diversity issues, and carrying them with the conviction they deserve
- Making information about the support NCH offers and alternative options more accessible and well-known to the student body
- Being an open and friendly point of contact for all welfare-related matters
- Acting as a signpost for access to the right services depending on your needs (be them for academic, economic, mental or physical health issues)
- Providing sessions that are beneficial to overall student welfare
Living in London
Our students love living in London and everything that it offers. Check out the following before you arrive:
18+ Oyster Card
The easiest way to get around London is on public transport, but it can be quite expensive. As a student, you’re entitled to 1/3 off the cost of your travel on Transport for London (TfL) trains and busses. To get this discount, you need to sign up for an 18+ Oyster card and top it up with weekly, monthly, or termly travelcards. You can find more information about the Oyster and how to get one here.
You might also want to consider getting a UK-wide Railcard that gives you 1/3 off train fares to and from anywhere in the country. You can also link your railcard with your 18+ Oyster card to get 1/3 off any pay-as-you-go off-peak journeys on London public transport (in addition to your 1/3 off TFL travel cards). You can find out more information about the Railcard here.
Senate House Library
Senate House Library is the main library for NCH students. It is a short 3-minute walk from College and houses the NCH Collection as well as vast collections on arts and humanities subjects.
During Freshers’ Week you will get the library card that grants you access to SHL. You will also go on a tour of the building so you can see where the NCH Collection is, learn how to use the printers, and learn how to find books in the main subject collections.
You can find out more about library facilities available to NCH students here.
Registering with a GP
You should register with a GP as soon as you get settled in London, so you can access healthcare for free. You can find more information about this here, but you will also get information about how to do this from Student & Academic Services during Freshers’ Week.
Many of our students choose to take up part-time work to get some extra money during term-time. In London, there are many part-time work opportunities in many different sectors.
You can contact Student & Academic Services for more information about finding a part-time job.
You can ask our students about what it’s like to have a part-time job alongside your studies here.