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It’s important to know where you can get confidential advice and support to do with any health, wellbeing, or counselling service you may need. Make sure you also know how you can access our helplines and emergency support.

Student health

Health advice

Talk to our health advice team if you have questions or concerns about:

  • lifestyle (including alcohol, drugs and smoking)
  • healthy eating
  • physical wellbeing
  • infectious diseases
  • sexual health.

You can meet with a health adviser for a one-to-one appointment at the Student Centre at High Holborn. Or, if you can't come to an appointment, we can give advice:

Complete the counselling and health advice request form or check out our other health advice information.

Register with a doctor

It might not be at the top of your list, but making sure you register at your local GP surgery (general practitioner) is extremely important. Don't wait until you're feeling unwell to register. It can take a long time to do, which is not what you want to deal with when you're ill.

Sexual consent training

We're committed to promoting a positive sexual consent culture and raising awareness of support both within and outside the University. No one ever deserves to experience any form of sexual violence or harassment and it's never the survivor’s fault.

Students are encouraged to take a short online training module aimed to start a conversation about what sexual consent means and challenge myths surrounding sexual violence. You'll learn about consent, consent myths, how to tackle rape culture and where to find support.

Please be aware that the module includes scenarios that discuss rape and sexual assault. We recommend being in a safe space when you complete the module and considering if there's any support that you might want or need.

Mental health and counselling

Student on a sofa writing in a journal
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

Mental health advice

Life at university can be tough sometimes. We want to make sure you have the mental health support you need, through our professional Mental Health Advice team. We give advice, guidance and ongoing support to help you navigate your student journey, as well as support you in accessing external services when needed.

Request a mental health advice appointment.

Togetherall 24/7 support

All UAL students can access Togetherall, a digital mental health support service. It’s a safe place for you to share what’s on your mind and get support with your mental health and wellbeing. The service is online, completely anonymous and moderated by trained professionals. It’s available 24/7 so you can access it at a time that suits you, from the comfort of home.

Students talking together on grass steps
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

Counselling services

We offer free, one-to-one, confidential counselling, either online or in person at a college site. You can make use of counselling to talk to a trained professional about your concerns. Counselling at UAL is here to support you with problems that may impact you on your academic journey.

Some of the areas in which counselling can be helpful are:

  • mental health concerns
  • course related problems
  • low mood and depression
  • anxiety and stress
  • gender, sexuality and identity
  • family and relationship issues
  • bereavement
  • loneliness and homesickness.

Arts SU Companion Scheme

Run by the Arts Students' Union Advice Service, the Companion Scheme matches UAL students in pairs based on preferences that you provide when you apply. The scheme is a great way to meet other students if you don’t quite know how to start.

Arts SU Companion Scheme

Keep connected, creative and collaborative with others


Chaplaincy service

Our Chaplaincy Service offers pastoral and spiritual care to students and staff. It also organises events and activities in relation to faith, spirituality and the arts.

You can meet our 2 chaplains at each of the College sites, or contact them by telephone or email. They welcome being contacted by people of all faiths, spiritual and religious beliefs, including those who are atheist or agnostic or who do not align themselves with any philosophy.

Faith advisors

Our chaplains also work with a number of advisors from other specific faiths, who students can speak to and meet with.

Find a faith advisor for you.

Quiet spaces

As well as speaking with our faith advisors, all our College sites have space for prayer or personal reflection; you can use these spaces for religious purposes, health requirements, or rest.

There's a handy quiet spaces user guide (PDF 73KB) and you can find out where you can find quiet spaces across all of our sites.

Student talking with a faith advisor
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

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