11 life hacks for your first week at Norwich University of the Arts
From things to remember to tips to make your first week as straightforward as possible, we’ve got you covered.
We know joining university may seem a little overwhelming but our Student Support Team have put together these life hacks to help you on your first week at Norwich University of the Arts.
1. Don’t forget your ID!
The time has come, it’s Enrolment Week! Make sure to arrive at your allocated time to get your NUA ID Card (and Freshers Week wristband) from our Duke Street Building.
Make sure to bring one of the following; Passport, Driving License or Birth Certificate.
2. How to find your way to the Duke Street Building
It takes just 5 minutes walk from our main campus buildings and it’s super easy to find whether you’re on campus or out in the city.
If you’re coming from St Georges, you can either go across the beautiful St Georges Bridge then take a left after the Last Wine Bar and walk straight to the Duke Street crossing.
From St Andrews House, walk down St Andrews St past the Rumsey Wells Pub, turning right down to Duke St and over the bridge.
3. Get advice from PALs
Talk to your Course PALs (Peer Assisted Learners), your fellow students. They’re here to answer your questions and support you in your first few weeks at NUA. Find them on your Course Facebook page or on the Official Freshers Group.
4. Bag those student deals
Norwich is a very student-friendly city, with your NUS Totum Card you can get access to national chains and business across the City. But there are also some amazing student deals nearby to campus from many independent businesses:
- Free Fries Friday at Logan’s Cafe,
- Free entry to all local museums & galleries
- Cinema City £20 Student Club,
- Discount at lots of cafes and restaurants including Cafe Pure St Georges, The Waffle House, Artel and St Andrews Brewhouse amongst others
- Cheaper bowling at the funky Bowling House
- Student deals at One Life Left Gaming Cafe,
- Transport concessions
- Cheaper climbing rates at Highball Climbing Centre
- Reductions on handy materials, wires, fixings, gardening, DIY & anything for your student digs at Thorns
5. Get your course supplies at the NUA Shop
Need supplies for starting your course? Grab them at our NUA Shop! From sketch books, paper, pens, phone chargers, headphones and more, everything is sold at cost price so won’t break the Student Loan.
6. Discover the Playhouse
NUA students are welcome day or night in the cosy Playroom or funky Pub Garden. Buy a soft drink and bring your lunch for free! The Playhouse are a performing arts venue, with international comedy stars, plays, theatre and music performances. They do student discount on tickets too!
7. Something on your mind?
Speak with our Student Support Team to find out what services are on offer – you can find them in the Student Space in St Georges (10.30am-12pm on Friday 20 September) or on arrival to Enrolment. They can advise on disabilities, accommodation, student finance, budgeting, welfare and much more.
8. Explore Norwich’s green spaces
Looking for a green space or park? Explore one of the beautiful places nearby to campus that you can find inspiration, go for a long walk or even meditate and practice yoga.
Image by Kaelin O’Hare, BA (Hons) Illustration
9. Take a few moments for yourself
We have many spaces on campus for you to relax and chill out. You can head to the SU Lounge, the St Georges Student Space, the benches and green area outside the Playhouse or head to the NUA Café in St Andrew’s House.
10. Go digital
Make sure you connect your devices to the free campus wifi and follow Norwich University of the Arts on Instagram.
11. Plan your Freshers fortnight
Comedy Night, Retro Rave, Harry Potter Quiz, HIIT Class, Pizza Party, Ghost Tours, Drink and Draw, Bowling and Karaoke, Freshers Fayre, Picnics and so much more!
Make sure you get your NUA Students’ Union wristband and check out the Freshers website.