7 places every freshie should know

The NTU campus can initially seem like a maze to a freshman, but you’ll get the hang of it soon. To help, Qi Jian Er has compiled a list of essential places that you “die die” must know

1. Lee Wee Nam Library

The largest library in NTU houses the Engineering and Science collections. It also offers group discussion areas, photocopying services and individual study spaces. Get there early – everybody wants a piece of this flagship library.

2. One Stop @ SAC

This student services helpdesk is conveniently located near all the popular fast food eateries such as McDonald’s and Subway. Here you can pay your tuition fees, apply for a campus locker, reset your network password, get face-to-face advice and information on administrative matters, and much more.

3. University Heath Service

It’s a place you may visit despite your best intentions. The University Health Service building houses a very well-equipped medical centre and dental centre, and is a short walk from the Nanyang Auditorium. It is open every day except Sundays and public holidays. If you feel stressed out, book a time for a chat with a friendly professional counsellor here.

4. Sports & Recreation Centre

Play sports? You’ll know the SRC. It offers a wide range of sporting facilities for students, including all-weather AstroTurf playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pools and even a diving pool. And if you’re not into sports, you’ll probably take a final exam in one of the indoor halls anyway. You can also look forward to a three-storey sports hall, opening in 2016. This will have a unique insulating timber roof – the first of its kind in the region – to keep you much cooler while you’re working up a sweat. Pop by the Campus Clubhouse next door to refuel – dig into local and Western dishes at the fusion restaurant or dine under the stars at the bistro.

5. The Hive

You cannot miss it on your daily bus ride out of campus – this eye-catching piece of architecture is designed to be environmentally-friendly and has an open concept. Feel free to walk in and gawk – you’ll probably head there for lessons anyway – or to visit the library, student-run café or retail shop, and for free language and presentation guidance from the Communication Cube.

6. Food and retail hub at North Spine

Soon, you won’t need to travel to Jurong Point for your dose of retail therapy. The revamped area of the North Spine near the main library, opening this year, will be the latest hot spot in campus. Shops, performance areas and even more food options will thrill your senses. For your grocery needs, check out Giant supermarket at Hall 2, which is open until 11pm every day.

7. Student Services Centre

Located at one of the higher points on campus, the recently refurbished Student Services Centre is a place you’ll visit occasionally. Here, you can get advice on course registration, seek help with your internship or get career tips, and pick up copies of your transcript. Overseas exchange students who need help can also head here.