Support and well-being

UCL takes the physical and mental health of its students seriously, and is committed to providing support where possible.

Transition successfully to student life

UCL's Transition Mentor 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.

UCL also offers a dedicated team of department-specific Student Advisers who are on hand to support first-year undergraduates with wellbeing and settling in at UCL, through workshops, meetings and discussions.

Support with disability, mental health and wellbeing

The Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing team (DMHW) team is made up of specialist advisers that sit within the wider Student Support and Wellbeing department. They can support you by providing information and advice on issues around disability.

Take care of your mental health

Student Psychological and Counselling Services is a dedicated team of experienced staff, supporting students experiencing any emotional or psychological difficulties.

After an initial appointment, you may be offered short-term individual counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, a personal development workshop or psychiatric consultation. You may also be given advice on how to access specialised psychological services outside UCL.

It is also important to ensure that you have access to healthcare through your doctor (GP) so you can get medical care if you need it. All students are encouraged to register with a GP upon arrival in London.

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.

Widening Participation

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 from a range of backgrounds (e.g. care-experienced students) and offer specific events, tours and visits.

Support for international students

Around 53% of our students come from outside the UK and we strive to give all our teaching a global perspective.

Orientation activities

UCL hosts online orientation activities before your arrival, giving you information on a wide range of topics such as accessing healthcare, opening a bank account, accessing academic support, finding a job and much more.

Every September and January before and during the first week of the academic year, UCL holds orientation activities focusing on topics such as making friends, personal safety and course information, helping you settle into life at UCL and in London. 

Throughout your time at UCL

International Student Support will always be available to help with any individual issues you have relating to your time at UCL and in London, in the form of drop-in sessions and through UCL's enquiry management system askUCL.

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