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We know that choosing which university offer to accept is an important decision. It is a decision that you should only make when you are fully informed about what to expect when you start your course.

We want you to make the right decision for you and your future, so we’re here to answer any questions you might have about studying at NCH and living in London.

This hub is an overview of life at NCH and everything you need to get started. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Finance & Funding

Offer holders from the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland can apply to the NCH Trust for a means-tested bursary.

You can apply for a bursary as soon as you receive your offer, and you are welcome to apply before you choose whether to accept your offer.

Bursaries can contribute between £500 and £3,085 per year towards your tuition fees at NCH; they are a gift from the NCH Trust and do not need to be repaid.

Our means-test is more generous than most other institutions. For 2018 entry, if your parents have a combined income of £70,000 or less per year, and they do not have significant assets, you may be eligible to receive a financial award.

You can find out more information and fill out a bursary application form here.

For 2018 entry the fees for UK, EU, EEA and Swiss passport holders for undergraduate degrees are £9,250 per year. The entry fees for international students are £14,000 per year. Further details for fees for the 2018/19 academic year can be found here.

The fees represent the full cost of delivering the College’s broader 20-course liberal arts-inspired curriculum and more personal learning experience, including weekly one-to-one tutorials.

Fees include:

  • expert tuition, including small group teaching, one-to-one tutorials and an average of 11 hours of high-quality contact time each week
  • a unique, 20-course, liberal arts-inspired undergraduate curriculum
  • LAUNCH – a three-year professional development programme
  • preparation for the NCH Diploma
  • student and pastoral support from a dedicated team of staff
  • individual career support
  • library subscription

Should you receive a tuition fee loan, you will pay the difference between your loan of £6,165 and your NCH London tuition fees directly to the College. We recommend that you pay this monthly, by direct debit to help you spread the cost of your fees.

For most students receiving a tuition fee loan, the monthly payment is £280.45. However, students will receive a personal payment plan alongside their offer, which will take into consideration any scholarship or bursary which would reduce this amount.

Your deposit holds your place at NCH. Once we have received your acceptance form and deposit, we will contact you with information about accommodation and maintenance support (if you have been awarded a bursary).

UK, EU, EEA & Swiss students pay a deposit of £500 upon accepting their offer. This secures your place at the College on the course for which you applied, and where applicable any academic scholarship or means-tested bursary you have been awarded.

International students pay an initial deposit in the amount of £1,000 is payable upon acceptance of an offer to study at the College. A second deposit of £4,000 is payable prior to the College issuing the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number required for your student visa application.

Deposits are returnable after your graduation minus any amounts due to the College. Deposits will not be refunded if you are accepted by the College and do not matriculate (commence your studies) at NCH.

The best way to pay your deposit is by bank transfer, using the following details:

Barclays Bank Plc

Account name: TES Fees Account

Sort code: 20-79-06

Account number:  53141772

Swift code: BARCGB22

IBAN:  GB55BARC20790653141772

Reference: The student’s full name

If you have any questions about deposits, please contact Vanessa Carreras on +44 (0)20 7637 4550.

 

You can withdraw your acceptance at any point in the process.

Your Part 1 Registration Form will state the last date you can withdraw and receive your deposit back. Withdrawing before this date means your deposit will be returned. You can withdraw after this time, but your deposit will not be refunded.

If you are a resident of England or an EU national, have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for three years before starting your course, and this is your first undergraduate degree, you can apply for a tuition fee loan of £6,165 per year currently from Student Finance England.

Permanent residents of England, and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for three years or more before their course starts can also apply for a maintenance loan or grant; the amount of loan or grant you receive will vary due to household income. You can use these to pay for accommodation and living costs such as transportation and food.

You can start your application for Student Finance in May, and the sooner you apply the better! It doesn’t matter if you’re still undecided about which university you’ll be attending in September, you can change details like this later in the process.

Find out more information about student finance here.

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.

If you have any queries about finance or funding your studies, please do contact Katherine Walsh who can provide accurate and up-to-date information about funding your studies, including tuition fee and maintenance loans, and NCH Trust bursaries.

You can contact Katherine on +44 (0) 20 7638 4550 or katherine.walsh@nchlondon.ac.uk.

Accommodation

There is a huge range of accommodation options in London for a wide range of budgets. We recommend near by halls or shared accommodation so you can experience living with fellow students and get straight into the swing of student life. Many NCH students also choose to share private accommodation with fellow students and friends, and some also live at home.

We strongly recommend that you arrange your first-year accommodation before 15th May, as the best rooms, in the best locations and the best deals get booked up by then.

The College has block booked rooms for our 2018 Freshers at our two most popular halls of residence – Tufnell House and Mannequin House. If you have not yet booked your accommodation and would like to book one of these rooms, please complete the form here.

If you have already arranged your accommodation, please email info@nchlondon.ac.uk to let us know.

You can ask our students about what it’s like to live in halls here.

Please note that Urbanest and Helen Graham House have a very limited selection of rooms still available for 2018 Freshers.

Many NCH students also choose to live at home. Here’s Val’s story:

I have lived in London for most of my life, and when I chose to study at NCH I had a lot to think about in terms of accommodation. Considering how expensive it is to live in London, at the end of the day, I decided to continue living at home with my parents. I am lucky to have very cool parents, so I still have a lot of freedom and responsibility at home, without the extra cost of moving out.

Val Borba, 2nd Year Philosophy and English student

You can ask our students what it’s like to live at home whilst studying here.

Many NCH students choose to share private accommodation with fellow students in their second and third years. If you choose to live outside of halls, our student support team can help you find accommodation and other students to share with.

You can ask our students what it’s like to live outside of halls here.

The NCH Diploma

All undergraduate students combine their degree studies with the College’s diploma, designed to develop the insights required to lead a fulfilling and successful life.

The NCH Diploma offers a rich mix of Core Courses including Applied Ethics, Critical Reasoning and Science Literacy, as well as the LAUNCH, our professional development programme, which teaches students the core skills and behaviours that will give them a head start in the increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market, and that can easily be transferred to any field.

The NCH Diploma is awarded to graduates in addition to their degree. It sets them apart from their peers by marking the greater depth of their education.

If you have any more questions about what the Diploma is like, you can ask our current students here.

Here are some mini lectures to give you a taste of what the NCH Diploma is like:

In a complex and rapidly changing world, the fundamental purpose of education is twofold: to expand and enrich both mind and character, and to make young people fit to deal with the challenges currently unknown and unpredictable, so that they can have fulfilling lives and successful careers.

The College’s undergraduate programme has real substance – depth, breadth and relevance for today’s students. The College challenges students academically, encourages them to think, reason and present an argument, as well as giving them skills that will help them embark on the world beyond university.

You can ask our students about what the Diploma is like here.

LAUNCH is one of the innovative features of the NCH Diploma. It is a professional development programme designed to give students an understanding of balance sheets, marketing, negotiation, research, statistics and strategy, and help you develop winning behaviours including teamwork, networking and problem-solving, to make you a more desirable applicant in the graduate recruitment market and setting you up for fulfilment and success whatever life and future you seek after graduation.

LAUNCH also offers a series of informal lectures called My Beautiful Career, during which students get the opportunity to meet with working professionals from many different fields in an intimate small group setting. This is not just the perfect opportunity for you to discover more about different career paths you may choose, but it’s also useful experience of socialising and networking with working professionals. It is through the My Beautiful Career seminars that NCH looks to inspire you for the world of work.

The blend of LAUNCH with the unique NCH undergraduate curriculum is not seen anywhere else at any university in the UK. LAUNCH is a cornerstone of the innovative educational experience offered at NCH and the perfect complement to your academic studies.

The programme was inspired by research conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which identified the gap between the level of employability of many UK graduates and the needs of employers.

It develops the basic capabilities essential for a wide range of different professions, including writing and presenting, numeracy and financial literacy, problem-solving, the impact of technology, negotiation, self-management and working in teams.

LAUNCH is designed to prepare undergraduates for the world of work and aims to give you a head start and a competitive edge in finding enjoyable and rewarding work after graduation. We intend it to be stimulating and enjoyable as well as useful.

LAUNCH is taught through seminars, projects and assignments in all three years. In addition there are guest lecturers from both the business sector and public service. The combination of teaching by practitioners, with a one-on-one and small group focus and its development as a result of close collaboration with industry, makes this programme unique in the UK.

Preparing for the world beyond NCH is a task all students will face and one that the College takes very seriously. Whether or not you know exactly what career you want, the College’s careers office, works with you on a one-to-one basis to help you explore various careers. They will help you discover what you want to do by promoting self-reflection, focussing on your aptitudes and interests and providing you with individual support and advice, all in a confidential setting. In addition, they can assist you with CV and cover letter preparation, filling out application forms, interview preparation, psychometric testing and everything in between.

International Students

The tuition fees for 2018/19 for students requiring a visa to study for their undergraduate degree in the UK are £14,000 per year.

Fees include:

  • expert tuition, including small group teaching, one-to-one tutorials and at least 13 hours’ contact time each week
  • a unique 20-course, liberal arts-inspired undergraduate curriculum
  • LAUNCH – a three-year professional development programme
  • preparation for the NCH Diploma
  • student and pastoral support from a dedicated team of staff
  • individual career support
  • library subscription

An initial deposit in the amount of £1,000 is payable upon acceptance of an offer to study at the College. This deposit will not be refunded if you are accepted by the College and do not matriculate (commence your studies) at NCH.

A second deposit of £4,000 is payable prior to the College issuing the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number required for your student visa application.

You will pay your tuition fees directly to the College. You can pay your tuition fees on a termly or annual basis. Please note there will be a charge if you use a credit card.

We accept payment by bank transfer, debit or credit card. Please note there will be a charge if you use a credit card. The easiest way to pay your deposit and fees is by bank transfer to the following bank account:

Barclays Bank Plc

Account name: TES Fees Account

Sort code: 20-79-06

Account number:  53141772

Swift code: BARCGB22

IBAN:  GB55BARC20790653141772

Reference: The student’s full name

If you wish to pay by debit or credit card, please call Vanessa Carreras on +44 (0) 20 7637 4550 and make your payment over the phone.

You will need a Tier 4 visa to study at NCH. Find out more information about this here.

To apply for your Tier 4 visa you will need us to provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). A CAS is an electronic document that contains all the information you need to provide in order for a visa to be issued.

Under UK government rules, the earliest we can provide a CAS is three months before the start date of your course. NCH’s courses generally start in mid-September (we will provide you with the exact date nearer the time) therefore, the earliest we can issue you a CAS will be mid-June.

Although we cannot issue you a CAS until mid-June, we strongly advise that you contact our visa office as soon as you start your application to NCH. In this way, we can ensure that all the necessary information is provided to us before mid-June, so we can issue your CAS promptly.

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If English is not your first language, we may require you to take a test in English language such as IELTS or TOEFL. Please contact us for further information.

Non-UK students currently comprise around 30 percent of the NCH student body and are part of a truly international community. We understand how moving to a new country and culture, while starting your degree, might be a daunting prospect, so we offer excellent pastoral care and support throughout your application to NCH, and, of course, once you arrive.

London is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world and is packed full of museums, theatres, world-class restaurants, as well as music and comedy venues. Whether you want to visit a world-famous gallery, enjoy your favourite band perform or photograph iconic landmarks, there is always something to do.

New College of the Humanities has the great fortune of being in one of the best locations for a higher education institution in the UK. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, the main building is mere steps from Senate House Library and the British Museum, and just a few minutes’ walk to Oxford Street, Covent Garden, the West End and an array of galleries and museums.

For some students, the thought of studying in such a vast city as London may be overwhelming. However, at NCH you will enjoy the best of both worlds with a warm, supportive and friendly community in a collegiate environment from which to launch yourself confidently into London life.

You can find out more about life in London here, or speak to our current students here.

Choosing NCH

One of the best ways to find out more about NCH is to come along to one of our offer holder lunches. During the day you will go on a tour of College and the surrounding area, hear from some of our academics, and have lunch with some of our current students.

Our next offer holder event is the Meet Your Buddies Evening on Thursday 9th August 2018 from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. You can book your place via email to info@nchlondon.ac.uk.

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.

Here is what Professor A C Grayling, the Master of NCH, has to say about why you should study the humanities and what is unique about our college:

You can read about what our students have to say about NCH here.

You can visit our blog, NCH Diaries, to find out more about London life, studying at NCH, and much more.

You can also chat with our current students here.

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.

Find out more about the courses you’ll be taking as part of your degree course here.

If you have any subject-specific questions, get in touch with one of our current students here.

Here are some mini-lectures delivered by our academics. You can find more of them here.

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:

Freshers' Preparation

In the first instance, contact the member of the admissions team you’ve been in touch with. They’ll either be able to answer your query, or will be able to ask the appropriate person to respond.

You can also contact the student support office via student.support@nchlondon.ac.uk or call the office on +44 (0) 20 7637 4550.

You can also speak to our current students here.

Yes. Regardless of whether you already hold your examination results or if you are currently studying for your Level 3 qualifications (IB, A-Levels, Pre-U), we do need to see a copy of your original exam certificate before you register as a student.

If you are currently studying for your examinations, please ensure you call us with your results as soon as you have these – regardless of your offer, we still need to have this information.

Yes. You will receive a reading list and a summer assignment from your faculty. You can also find them here. Both will contain instructions regarding what preparation is required, as it varies from subject to subject.

A lot! This is a very important week, and not just socially. You will receive information from student support staff, from your faculty and from the NCH Student Union, all of which will be vital in helping you throughout your time at NCH.

Of course, Freshers’ Week is also a time to meet all your new classmates, to start to create friendships and to have the traditional fun and frolics. The week will culminate in the Matriculation Ball, where you formally become a member of New College of the Humanities.

You can get in touch with our current students here and ask them what Freshers’ Week is like.

You can find out all about our clubs and societies here. There will be a Freshers’ Fair during Freshers’ Week when you can sign up for any that appeal. If you think there’s something missing, you can always set up a new club or society!

Student Central is the University of London Student Union, and it is just a 5-minute walk from College. NCH students can join Student Central with an Associate Membership to access their gym, clubs and societies, and get discounts on food and drinks in their bars and cafes. During Freshers’ Week you will find out more about Student Central and how to join.

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 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.

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.

You can learn more about the NCH non-academic professional staff here.

You can learn more about the NCH academic staff 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
  • Tome Dzambazovski, Academic Operations Officer
  • Lee Fenwick, Facilities Manager
  • 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