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Can I go with my friends?

NCS is a great way to meet incredible new people and make new friends! Over 8 out of 10 of our grads stay in touch after NCS!

If you would like to be with a friend, you and your friend will need to apply for the same date and go to a school/ college in the same area. After you have completed your application, get in touch and give us the full name of your friend and we’ll add the request to your application. You can also ask for confirmation of which programme you have been allocated to so you can check this with your friend.

Bear in mind that we can’t guarantee that you will be placed together, we will try our best. You will find out on the first day of NCS if you have been placed together! 

Worried about going alone?

Whether you go with a friend or by yourself, just remember – you’ll meet so many incredible people and make so many new mates through team building activities and icebreakers! It’s the biggest thing we hear from our grads. 

We allow a limited number of young people from any one school on each programme, and therefore the programme will be the first time many young people meet one another. Your senior mentor is also a great person to lean on when you are unsure. 

Please note that the accommodation on NCS is single gender and any room sharing requests are not guaranteed and will only be confirmed on your first day of NCS.

“If you’re anxious just do it, there’s so many people and everyone is so similar…There’s so many different people that there isn’t any chance you’re not going to meet at least one person that you get along with. Everyone is so nice and there is no chance of getting picked on or anything. Even the staff are really lovely and they are good to have a laugh with. It doesn’t feel like school.” Eve

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