Support and well-being
Transition successfully to student life
UCL's Transition Programme is designed to help you settle in and adapt to university life, providing you with a mentor and information and social sessions to help you find your feet.
When you arrive you will be assigned a mentor from your teaching programme who will provide help and advice, and facilitate informal first-year discussion groups.
Take care of your mental health
If you are experiencing any emotional or psychological difficulties, you can book a confidential appointment to talk with one of our trained and experienced Student Psychological Services staff.
After this initial discussion you may be offered short-term individual counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, a personal development workshop or psychiatric consultation.
We can also give you advice on how to access specialised psychological services outside UCL.
Get to know your personal tutor
You'll be assigned your own Personal Tutor who can give you academic guidance and steer you towards any help you might need on practical and personal matters.
In addition, your Departmental Tutor and Faculty Tutor are available for advice. UCL Student Support co-ordinates all aspects of student welfare.
Get advice from Students' Union UCL
Based in Students' Union UCL, the Advice Service's highly trained advisers are on hand to help you with a range of issues from legal matters and immigration to housing and academic problems.
If you're applying to higher education from a care background, we know that you can face additional issues. We are committed to supporting young people in care and offer specific events, tours and visits for care leavers.
Support for international students
Around 41% of our students come from outside the UK, and we strive to give all our teaching a global perspective.
Before you arrive
Our International Student Support Team will provide information before and after your arrival, from general information on immigration matters to practical advice to help you prepare for your time in the UK.
First-year accommodation is guaranteed and further information about our Student Residences can be found on the Student Accommodation web pages.
International Students' Orientation Programme
Our International Students' Orientation Programme is held in September, immediately before the academic year begins. The programme is designed to help you settle in, learn how to access the range of services and opportunities on offer and adjust to the process of teaching and learning at UCL.
All non-UK students are invited to attend the programme, which is free of charge. In addition, social events in the programme give you the opportunity to make new friends.
While a student at UCL, you will have access to all the academic and welfare support services we offer. In addition, advisers in our Student Centre can help you with issues like opening a UK bank account. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can.