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Welfare & support


Studying away from home is exciting but may prove challenging and stressful at times. You may have worries about your studies, financial concerns, problems with relationships, difficulties adapting to life here or simply miss your family and friends  from back home.

It is important to remember that there are a number of services available to provide you with support if you are experiencing difficulties during your time at UCL.

International Student Support team

The UCL International Student Support team is here to offer support in the form of pre-arrival and immigration information, orientation programme, as well as assistance with all welfare-related topics.

Support services

Advice and help are available from UCL’s department of Student Support and Wellbeing, including Student Psychological Services, other support services within UCL and UCL Union (UCLU). You can find full information on the Support services available to you at UCL page.

Health Advice

It is important to remember to look after yourself when you are in the UK and to find out how to obtain medical treatment if you need it. The National Health Service (NHS) is the healthcare system in the UK and is primarily funded through general taxation rather than requiring insurance payments.

If you have not done so already, please read through our pre-arrival health advice page for more information.

UCL Health Centre on campus

UCL Health Centre, also referred to as Gower Place Practice, is an NHS general practice located on UCL campus which provides general health care, a contraceptive service and a full nursing service. You can register with them if you live in one of the local postcodes which they cover.

To register, you need to download and complete their form and then visit the UCL Health Centre in person. You will be able to register only after enrolling on your programme of study at UCL as you will need to present your UCL identity card at registration.

It is important to remember to look after yourself when you are in the UK and to find out how to obtain medical treatment if you need it. The National Health Service (NHS) is the healthcare system in the UK and is primarily funded through general taxation rather than requiring insurance payments.

Some NHS services are free, others you need to pay for. The Information for overseas visitors to the UK on the NHS website provides detailed information on how to access health treatment in the UK if you need it.

Religious support

Religious Support is provided by a team of Chaplains appointed to UCL and UCLU's faith societies.

London life

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, you can find information on what is there to explore and how to do it safely on the London life pages.

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