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 and the surrounding area, take part in our ‘Photo Scavenger Hunt‘, hear from some of our academics, and have lunch with some of our current students.
Our upcoming Offer Holder Afternoons are on the following dates from 3:00pm – 6:30pm:
- 13 April 2019
- 6 July 2019
Please RSVP to email@example.com 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, Student Wellbeing Coordinator
- 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:
How do I prepare for my one-to-one tutorial?
In a one-to-one tutorial, the tutor engages critically with you, entering into your individual point of view and working with you to clarify, challenge, defend and develop your arguments and ideas.
Undergraduate students prepare an essay for every one-to-one tutorial related to one of the degree courses you are studying during that term. The essay is the basis of the discussion with the tutor. This form of intellectual engagement is considered to be the gold standard for identifying and drawing out a student’s potential.
Here is one of our students, Emily Hill, talking about what tutorials at NCH are like:
What are the weekly contact hours like at NCH?
The College offers unparalleled access to academic staff selected for their expertise and passion for teaching with one of the best student-to-staff ratios in UK higher education.
Undergraduate students enjoy a varied but integrated range of teaching and learning styles with an average of 11 high-quality contact hours each week, dedicated to your individual development. Terms at NCH are twelve weeks long, meaning you get more contact time overall than at universities with eight or ten-week terms. The teaching format of each contact hour is selected to ensure the most positive learning outcomes for that particular subject.
You can find out more about what a typical week of an NCH student is like here.
You can also ask our current students about their contact hours here.
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.