For parents


Preparing for Nottingham

Congratulations to your son or daughter for securing a place at Nottingham.

As a parent, we're sure that there's going to be things you'll need to help prepare in the meantime. This information should help with your own planning.

For further information you can also browse our undergraduate and postgraduate sections.


Something for yourself?

While you're here, you could also experience some of Nottinghamshire yourself.

// Video - Parents' guide to Nottingham



Key dates

Term dates

Autumn Term: Monday 25 September 2017 – Friday 15 December 2017

Spring Term: Monday 15 January 2018 –
Friday 23 March 2018

Summer Term: Monday 23 April 2017 –

Friday 22 June 2017

More key dates 2017/18




When to arrive

The 2017-18 academic year starts on Monday 25 September.

Students can move into University accommodation on Saturday 23 September. Students should not attempt to arrive on Sunday 25 September as main roads around Nottingham and the University will be closed due to the Robin Hood Marathon. Moving in dates may vary depending on the type of accommodation they'll be living in:

Catered halls

University Park and Jubilee Campus

Students living in catered accommodation will be able to move in from 9am on Saturday 23 September. Please visit the accommodation page for more details.

Students who are unable to arrive on Saturday 23 September or will arrive after midnight, should contact their hall to confirm arrangements.


International students

Attending the Welcome programme?

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 September 2017

If your son or daughter has booked onto the International Welcome programme, they will be able to move into term-time accommodation during the programme (university or university-arranged accommodation only).

Bookings must be made by 23:59 Sunday 11 September 2017 (UK time) for this to apply.


Self and part-catered halls

Sutton Bonington and off-campus

For students living in self or part-catered accommodation, arrival information can vary from hall to hall. All of the information and arrival instructions should be in contained in the offer pack.

Visit Accommodation Services for further information and contact details for specific halls.



It is possible to send luggage to halls in advance.  All luggage MUST be correctly addressed with the EXACT destination. 

Students should inform their hall to expect a delivery if they intend on sending anything in advance.




How to get here

Using SatNav? Use these postcodes to find us:

University Park Campus: NG7 2QL

Jubilee Campus: NG8 1BB

Sutton Bonington: LE12 5RD



University parking restrictions are relaxed for your move-in day, so if it's not too busy and if it's safe around the hall area, you'll be able to park as close as possible to unload. There are also no parking charges.

Once you've unloaded, you'll be directed to park in one of our designated car parks.


Getting to the University by train

Nottingham is right in the centre of the country and is very well connected to all other major cities by the train network. 

The University is well serviced by Nottingham, Beeston and East Midlands Parkway (for Sutton Bonington) train stations.

Take a look at our visitor information pages for more information on bus services from nearby train stations and East Midlands Airport.

International arrivals

Book our coach service

Working in partnership with the national coach service, National Express, we deliver a bespoke service from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports to Nottingham at a discounted rate for all students who will be arriving into the UK from overseas during September 2017.

Please read our coach service FAQ before booking and contact if you have any queries. Book your journey now



Health centre registration and vaccinations

Where to register

Students wishing to register with The University of Nottingham Health Service can do so in The Great Hall, Trent Building on University Park Campus.

When to register

Registration events will be taking place between Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 September.
See the full timetable (PDF)

How to register

  1. Students should complete the health centre registration forms on pages 23-26 in their own Welcome Guide (PDF)

  2. Attend one of the registration events above, with:  medical/vaccination history  and  NHS number (if you have one)

Which health centre?

The University benefits from a doctor's surgery based on its University Park Campus. The practice specialises in looking after students and staff of the University, their families and dependants.

All students

All students with regular access to University Park can register with Cripps Health Centre:

Sutton Bonington campus

Students based at Sutton Bonington can choose to register with a surgery closer to their campus.




We strongly recommend that all students are up to date with vaccinations before coming to university.

Some illnesses that spread quickly amongst large groups of people can be easily prevented by vaccinations given routinely to children and young adults.

For UK residents, the vaccinations include:

  • two doses of the MMR vaccine
  • School leaving booster course
  • HPV vaccine (female only)

Meningitis and scepticaemia

All first-time university students up to the age of 25 are being offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.

Older teenagers and university students are at high risk of infection because they tend to live in close contact with lots of people in shared accommodation, such as halls of residence.

It is recommended that students get the vaccine two weeks before starting university, however the vaccine will also be available once registered at The University of Nottingham Health Service




Something for you

Experience Nottinghamshire  

Experience Nottinghamshire has teamed up with a number of local tourism partners to provide parents of university students with a host of events and activities this September.

Explore legends, the great outdoors, shopping and culture in Notts. To find out more about the events and activities on offer visit the Experience Nottinghamshire website.


Useful contacts

For all Undergraduate students
For all Postgraduate students

For all general enquiries:
t: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
f: +44 (0) 115 951 3666
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