How to cope with student life

Explains how you can look after your mental health as a student, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

Your stories

14 ways to beat exam stress

Sam Edom, from our digital team, blogs about the best tips you've sent in for coping with exam time.

Sam Edom
Posted on 26/04/2016

Surviving Freshers week (and beyond) with depression and anxiety

Second year student George talks about dealing with depression and anxiety during Fresher's Week.

George Watkins
Posted on 16/09/2016

Surviving freshers – coping with mental health problems at university

Emma uses her own experiences to give tips about dealing with peer pressure and depression at uni.

Emma Wilson
Posted on 04/11/2014

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Alcohol & Drugs

Drink Aware
Information about managing alcohol safely.

Information and advice about drugs.


Carers UK
0808 808 7777
[email protected] 
Independent information and support for carers.

Volunteering opportunities across the UK.

A supportive community which provides online peer support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Lists contact information for support and listening services run in universities and colleges across the UK.

HOPELINEUK: 0800 068 41 41 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm, bank holidays 2pm-10pm)
07786 209697 (text message service)
[email protected]
Provides information and support for anyone under 35 who is struggling with suicidal feelings, or anyone concerned about a young person who might be struggling.

116 123 (freephone, available 24 hours)
[email protected]
Emotional support for anyone in distress.

Student Minds 
[email protected]
Information about student mental health and local peer support programmes.

Students Against Depression
Information and support for students experiencing depression.

University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN)
National network of University Mental Health Advisers.

0808 802 5544
Information for both parents and young people.


Money Advice Service
0300 500 5000
Free, impartial advice about money matters.

The Money Charity
[email protected]    
National charity offering information and advice about managing your money.

YourDSA aims to promote and simplify the process of applying for the Disabled Students' Allowances

Health services

NHS Choices - Student Health
Advice on student health issues.

NHS Service Finder
Search facility which allows you to look for a health service, including a GP, in your area.

Student advice

Citizens Advice
03444 111 444 (England)
0344 477 2020 (Wales)
TextRelay service: 03444 111 445
Confidential advice on a range of issues.

National Careers Service
Information and advice on planning your career.

National Union of Students
0845 5210 262
Promoting and defending the rights of students.

Not Going To Uni
Information and advice about alternatives to university.

Open University
Information on study skills.

Save the Graduate
Information and advice about graduating from university.

University and colleges admission service.

International student advice and guidance

Support for care leavers

Support for children in care and young care leavers.

Rees Foundation
Support for care leavers.


This information was published in September 2018. We will revise it in 2021.



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