Social Life and Living on Campus

  • 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.

    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

    If you live in one of our halls of residence you will be supported by our Residential Life Team. If you’re feeling homesick or have an issue you need help with you can talk to them in confidence, even if it’s the middle of the night.

    In your first week the Residential Life Team can help you to fill out a Community Living Agreement. This allows you and your flatmates to set ground-rules about the way you all live together. For example having friends to visit, noise levels, cleaning the kitchen or how often everyone does the washing up! You will be asked to sign the agreement at the start of the academic year and follow those rules you sign up to.

    The residential life team will also conduct hall welcome talks where they will sit down with you and give you useful advice so that you are prepared for the year ahead. This is also an opportunity for you to get to know the team and to ask any questions that you may have.

    The team also employs student Residential Life Assistants to work alongside them, offering peer support and guidance to residents living in halls. This role is open to applications from second year students onwards.

    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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