FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Academics

When are the final exams held?


It is usually held during the 15th and 16th week of each semester. Which is around November in semester 1 and End April – Start May for Semester 2.

You can check the exact dates using the STARS planner.




How and when do I apply for a minor?


You can declare your intention to pursue a minor online at the following link. The declaration period is stated in the website as well: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/mse/admissions/undergraduates/current-students/academic-matters/declaration-of-minor-s-u-option

NIE students have to consult the NIE Office of Academic Administration and Services (OAAS) if they have intention to pursue a minor.




Can outstanding students graduate earlier in a shorter duration?


You can only graduate if you fulfil your AU requirements and minimum candidature. The minimum candidature for 3-year and 4-year programmes are 3 years and 3.5 years respectively.




How many minors can I pursue?


You can pursue up to 2 minors.

More information: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Students/Undergraduate/AcademicServices/AcademicProgrammes/Pages/Minor_Programme.aspx




Where can I find past year papers?


There are a few ways to obtain them.

One, you can obtain some of them from NTU’s library website.

Secondly, some academic clubs will provide the past year papers and solutions in their website.

Thirdly, you can request them from your lecturer.




Are modules automatically assigned in Y1S1?


Yes, the modules are automatically assigned in semester 1. However, you can still make changes during the add/drop period.




How do you use STARS?


Firstly, you should go through this guide on course registration first: https://ts.ntu.edu.sg/sites/intranet/dept/sasd/oas/Documents/CourseRegistration/Handbook%20on%20Course%20Registration_Student_UG_V2%20(AY2021-22%20and%20onwards).pdf#page=8

As for the Stars Guide, it is currently unavailable on the school's website. However, you can take a look at NTUSU's IG Highlights for a summarised version on how you can use STARS here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17883905269863975/




Can I seat in other lectures for fun?


Yes, if there are enough seats.




Where can I access past FYP/research papers?


You can find articles/NTU papers/e-journals and past year exam papers through our NTU library resource bank: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/Pages/default.aspx





Settling Into Hall

Checking In


After you have submitted the hall application and receive the reply offer for hall, you should check in respective hall within the determined date before.

Hall Office
As you entered the hall, be sure to go through each hall office to finish the check in process. Note that sometimes your hall office might not be in your hall as it is located besides the hall you live in. For example, Hall 5 office is located in Hall 4.

Things to bring for check in:

  • Passport or another IC
  • Admission Offer Letter
  • Form indicating that you have paid for 2 months

Key Fob
After the check in process is clear, you should receive your hall key fob. Be sure to take care of it, as it may charge you $50 if you lose it.




Medical Check-Up


Medical checkup can be done in Fullerton Health Centre inside NTU which is located beside the Student Service Centre (SSC) building. You must register for a scheduled time before you proceed to the Health Centre. Things to bring to checkup:​

  • ​Passport or another IC
  • Admission Offer Letter
  • MC1 form (which you will receive after you are admitted in NTU)
  • Cash for medical checkup payment
Process: ​When you reach, you should do some registration in order to proceed and fill up the MC2 form which was given directly at that place. After that just follow some procedure and you will be




Moving In


Things to bring: Sleep:

  • ​Bedding
  • Pillow(s)
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets, Pillow cases
  • Bolster (optional)
  • Mattress protector
Utensils:
  • Cutlery (spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks)
  • Bowls, cups, jugs, mugs
  • Dish washing soap and sponge
Cleaning:
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Cleaning cloth
Other necessities:
  • Extension cords
  • Toiletries​​
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Facewash, bodywash
  • Shampoo
  • Face and body towels
  • SIM card​





General

When can I start to borrow books from the school library?


You can start borrowing them as soon as you obtain your matriculation card.




Where can I purchase textbooks in NTU?


You can buy them from the bookstore, BOOKLINK, beside Prime Supermarket.




Where can I find printing/photocopying services in NTU?


You can find them at all the libraries in NTU and beside the student activity centre.

More information can be found here: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/Serv/Pages/PrintingPhotocopying.aspx





Other Hall FAQs

Can I still stay in Hall over the holidays?


You are already charged for your stay during the winter holiday, so yes.

However, you are only expected to move out after your finals in Semester 2 and you need to fill in the circular accordingly if you wish to stay longer. If you wish to stay in hall during your summer break, it is only possible with the approval of the hall office. For any further questions regarding this, you may email: och-ug@ntu.edu.sg for more information.




How often are hall fees charged?


You will be billed every semester for the whole duration unless you decide to withdraw prematurely.




What are the fees to pay if I would like to bring a mini fridge for my room?


You have to buy the fridge on your own. Then you have write-in to hall office to obtain an approval for the mini fridge before you can start using it. The fee is $80 per semester and it will be charged to your hostel bill.





Hall Residences

Amenities


NTU campus has 24 halls in total and all of them have their own:

  • Lounges equipped with a TV and sofas .
  • Reading rooms, which are usually air-conditioned, where you can find tables, chairs and cubicles to study.
  • Computer rooms where you can have access to free internet and printing services.
  • Pantries providing hot water dispenser, microwave and usually 2 induction cookers. However, no common fridge is provided. Students can install their own fridge in their rooms and pay a fee every semester.
  • Laundry rooms equipped with washing machines and dryers operated by new $1 coins (30 min/cycle).
  • Iron and iron board are also provided for free.
  • Residents are required to bring their own cleaning agents.
All rooms come with a study table and chair, a wardrobe with a full-length mirror, cupboards/shelves and drawers, a bed and a ceiling fan. Residents have to purchase their own pillows and bedsheets.




Which hall is most suitable for me?


At this stage, you’re all probably wondering which hall is the best right? Well, here are some information which can help you:

  • Hall 4 and hall 5 are the closest to South Spine, Canteen B.
  • Hall 3 and hall 16 are the closest to North Spine, Canteen A.
  • Binjai, Tanjong, Banyan, Saraca, Tamarind Halls and Hall 7 (previously Meranti Hall) are the newest halls of residences.
  • The newer the hall of residences, the better the amenities provided. However, rooms are smaller and narrower compared to older halls (Hall 1 and 2) where rooms are relatively more spacious.
  • Any volleyball amateurs around? Pioneer and Crescent halls are definitely the place to be.
  • Want to keep fit? Hall 7/ Saraca/ Tamarind Halls have THE biggest gym of NTU.
  • Food lovers? No worry, most halls have their own canteen.
  • CATS? Someone said cats? Yes! Most halls have hall cat(s) and they are very friendly since NTU’s Cat Management Network feeds them daily. Each hall has its Cat Society.





Hall Events & Activities

Clubs


Who said hall life was boring? Come down and join the various clubs to make the most of your university life! Each hall will generally have these clubs for you to participate in:

  • Hall Council - in charge of welfare of residents and hall events (night cycling, supper trails, etc.)
  • Jamband (Music club)
  • Dance club
  • Cheerleading
  • Sports team - Volleyball, basketball, football, tennis, table tennis, squash …
  • Recreational activities - Scrabble, darts, contract bridge, chess …




Major Hall Events


Annual Freshmen Orientation Programme (FOP) Don’t forget to sign up for FOP! FOP will be one of your first, most enriching, fun and integrating activity. It is usually overnight, and is held one week before the start of the first semester and lasts 3 to 4 days. Overseas Community Involvement Project (OCIP) Want to discover even more countries? OCIP gives you this unique chance! OCIP is usually after the second semester, during the summer break. You’ll get the chance to volunteer in a foreign country and build strong friendships during this trip. Dinner and Dance party (D&D) Halls have their D&D during which the hall king and queen are elected.