What is Freshers' Week?

Freshers’ Week is your welcome to university week, and attendance is compulsory. Check out what happens below.

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

Key dates for your diary

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. The week culminates in Matriculation, when you formally become a member of the College.

  • Move into your accommodation by Saturday 19th September 2020
  • Matriculation Ceremony: 11.00 am on Saturday 19th September 2020
  • Graduation & Matriculation Ball: 7.30 pm on Saturday 19th September 2020
  • Registration: 10.00 am on Monday 21st September 2020
  • Classes start 10.00 am Monday 28th September 2020

Your Freshers' Week To Do List

Freshers’ Week is when you set yourself up for the year ahead by putting in place everything you need to have for the coming year. Your key objectives for the week are:

  • Move into your student accommodation
  • Register with the College’s GP & Dentist
  • Get your student Oyster card for discounted travel in London
  • Open a UK student bank account (if you don’t already have one)
  • Senate House Library tour
  • Student wellbeing & safety induction
  • Major subject induction
  • Minor subject induction
  • IT induction
  • Get your timetable
  • Sign up for your NUS discount card
  • Join Student Central
  • Have fun and meet like-minded new friends!

Fun fun fun...

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 NCH Student Union is already planning for your arrival to ensure you have a great Freshers’ Week with lots of opportunities to make new friends and have fun as you settle into student life in London. Events include:

  • Student buddy family dinners on the evening of Saturday 14th September 2019
  • London walking tours
  • JCR bar night
  • Clubbing night
  • Subject socials
  • Pub quiz
  • NCH Freshers’ Fair
  • Student Central Freshers’ Fair
  • Plus lots of exciting surprises

NCH Freshers' Fair

Whatever your passion – art, music, theatre, performing arts, creative writing or playwriting to playing poker or sharing your appreciation of craft beer – join us at the NCH Fresher’s Fair to get involved in bringing it to life through the NCH SU.

You’ll have the opportunity to decide if you would like to join one of our existing societies (Bedfellows, NCHess, NCH Live, the Feminist Society, LGBTQ, to name a few) or form a group of like-minded fellow students to pursue your interests with the help and support of the NCH SU.

Student Central

Student Central is the ultimate hub of student life in London and NCH students can join as an Associate Member for an annual fee of £40*. Once you have your associate membership card, you can attend the Student Central freshers’ event to see the range of Societies and Sports Clubs that London’s biggest student union has to offer.

*Price correct at 31 March 2020