Welcome to your first week! Starting university is exhilarating but can also be busy and stressful. As you settle into university life, explore the campus, get logins and meet tutors, it’s important to check how you are and get any support that you may need.
The Student Advice and Wellbeing team is committed to making sure your time here is a success. They can support you when it comes to mental health, finance, housing and disability support – so that you are in the right space to have a truly transformative experience.
How the Student Advice and Wellbeing team can help you
All students are welcome to get in touch with the team throughout the year for information about the services offered, including:
- Financial advice
- Accommodation and immigration advice
- Housing advice
- Disability and neurodiversity support
- Emotional wellbeing and mental health support
- Multi-faith support
- Professional mentoring
- Specialist services for students who have experienced gender-based and sexual violence
- One-to-one counselling
As well as direct support, there are guides available to help you manage your money, alleviate stress, and access complementary therapies – including a Light Box on campus to give you some rays on gloomy days (soon to be reopened, look out for it in the upcoming newsletter!).
Ask for the support you need
A confidential counselling service is available to give you an opportunity to reflect on personal concerns central to your wellbeing, with respect given to your individuality and your social, cultural and racial identity.
The Disability and Neurodiversity Team provides specialist guidance and support for students with long-term physical or mental health conditions, learning differences and neurodiverse conditions. The team can support students to register for reasonable adjustments, receive practical advice and emotional support.
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet at the Chaplaincy
The service also includes the Chaplaincy, which has chaplains from several faiths providing support to students of any faith (or no faith). Our Chaplaincy team will be offering lots of opportunities for students to come together to develop community, via initiatives such as the Faith Factor, and groups open to all. There are Prayer Rooms available at both of our campuses and local places of worship.
Pick up a hobby or try something new
Make the most of everything the Students’ Union has to offer. There are over 80 societies to pick from, ranging from Anime to Drag, Bangla to Film. The SU also runs a calendar of events to get involved with and meet people.
Explore Bloomsbury and beyond
The SOAS campus is in the heart of Bloomsbury – a hub of culture and education. Take time to explore the area and visit sights such as The Brunei Gallery, The British Museum, the Wellcome Collection, and The British Library. Mark your diaries for the next Bloomsbury Festival (15 – 24 October), an annual celebration of the area with a programme of arts, science, literature, performance and discussion. Tired out from all that exploring? Get your caffeine fix from some of the finest independent coffee shops around.
Studying at SOAS is a unique experience that will come with special and rewarding opportunities – ask for the support you need, make the most of your time and enjoy. Find out more about Welcome Week and the Student Advice and Wellbeing service.