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Social Life and Living on Campus

Social Life

Students’ Union

As a student of the University of Northampton you will automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. It’s free and you’ll get access to all their services and opportunities including sports and societies, which is a great way to make new friends.

There’s over 35 sports clubs and 50 societies to choose from and they’re all free because they know that joining a club or society is a great way to make new friends. If there’s a student group you’re looking for which they don’t currently offer, they’ll help you set one up too. The Engine Shed at Waterside Campus is home to the Students’ Union which is where you can access their services or grab a coffee and a bite to eat. They’ve also got their own venue in the town centre, The Platform, a multipurpose event space which is home to a café and nightclub.

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It’s not just about the social side either, they can provide you with academic representation, help with queries about your course, or provide a listening ear if you’re feeling a bit homesick.

Living in Halls

The Accommodation and Residential Life Team provides support to students living in university halls of residence, dealing with every element of student life on campus and in your accommodation.

If you’re homesick, tired of having noodles for the 3rd week in a row, have an issue with your flatmates, or just need someone to chat to – we are the people who can help. We understand that it can be hard to make the leap to independent living and adjusting to university life so we’re here to make that transition a bit easier.

You can get welfare support from our full-time Advisors and Officers, peer advice from our student assistants, or event ideas from our Student Coordinators, a member of the team is always on hand to help. Members of our accommodation team can assist with room transfers, guest requests and a host of other issues or tasks related to your halls of residence.

Our Private accommodation officer can help you find a room in the private sector once you leave halls at the end of your first year (although we do offer some spaces in halls to returning students too!).

Based at all three of our sites (Boughton Green Road, St. Johns and Waterside), we are here to listen to your concerns and share in your successes as well. We work closely with both internal and external support services so if we can’t solve an issue, we can direct you to someone who can. You can find us in The Student Village Reception (Boughton Green Road/Waterside) or main reception (St Johns) ready with a listening ear and a smile whenever you need.

Need to talk?

If you’ve got something troubling you and you want to talk to someone in confidence about anything that’s bothering you, no matter how big or small, you can call or instant message Northampton Nightline. Run by students, and supported by the Students’ Union, Nightline provides a non-judgmental, advisory confidential and anonymous support.

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