"We very much look forward to you joining the school here at Nottingham, in which we deliver exciting and wide-ranging computer science curricula with specialisms in areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber-physical systems, and human computer interaction.”  

- Professor Jonathan Garibaldi, Head of the School of Computer Science

Prepare to join our school

We’re looking forward to seeing you in September, but we’d love to meet you right away! Here’s a checklist of things you can do before you arrive. 

  • Make sure you have completed all the Before you arrive tasks at the university level 
  • Come and chat with us on Discord (see below) 
  • Consider whether to buy a computer in advance (see below) 
  • Find out about our student societies (see Students' Union
  • Read important information about our courses in Moodle (see Explore Moodle)
  • Enjoy watching Computerphile on YouTube, which includes videos from many of your lecturers
  • Consider grabbing some merch (see below) to show off over the summer

Meet your fellow students

Got questions? Want to know what university will be like? As soon as you accept your place at Nottingham you can join your fellow new computer science students on one of our Discord servers. These servers are student-led (by our student mentors), rather than formal ways to communicate with staff, but will likely stay with you throughout the degree. 

New first year undergraduates can chat to other new first year students, as well as mentors and members of staff. The mentors have just completed their first year and were in the same position as you last summer. New postgraduate taught students can also meet each other and can get advice on arriving in Nottingham from students that have been with us for a few years.  

Join the 2023 Discord server

All members of the Computer Science servers need to follow university code of discipline.  Anyone found to go against this code will be removed from the server. 

Grab some computer science merch!

You can grab the University of Nottingham Computer Science merch and get it delivered to you right away, so you can show it off over the summer. Visit our online shop below to find a range of clothing types for different types of groups. You can get clothes specifically for undergraduate students (for new first year BSc/MSci) and postgraduates (for new MSc students).  

Computer Science Online Merch Store

All the items are sustainably produced, including recycled cotton options, and versions in light mode and dark mode to suit your preferences. We try to make as little profit as possible for ourselves, and all costs go to the production of the clothing by our supplier.  

Buying a computer

We are often asked if we can recommend a laptop or equipment for new starters. There is an information page about buying a computer on our webpage. You can also ask the mentors for advice on the Discord server.

Buying a computer

If you are going to buy a new computer, but already have one, then you may wish to see what the first semester is like and delay the purchase for a few months. The university also offers a laptop loan service and other support for students who do not have access to personal devices. 

Find out what's happening with the latest news and events on our social channels! 

Follow Computer Science on: 

Instagram: uoncomputersci 

Twitter: @UoNComputerSci 

Facebook: UoNComputerScience 

Here to support you

We hope you enjoy your time at Nottingham. If you are unsure about anything in these early weeks, do not be afraid to ask questions or seek help from staff. If you have any general questions, please feel free to email our Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator, Mary Temenou. If you are an undergraduate student, please contact the staff and the mentors on discord. 

The campus  

Take a virtual tour of the beautiful Jubilee Campus before you arrive. 

Take a tour of Jubilee Campus

Faculty of Science

Computer Science

Visit our contact us page to find the most relevant contact details for your query