Health and wellbeing
The health and personal wellbeing of our students is as important to us as your academic achievement. We support all of our students to succeed by:
- Promoting health and wellbeing throughout your time at the College
- Providing clear information about, and timely access to, a range of excellent health and wellbeing services
Doctors and dentists
Even if you’re fit and healthy, we recommend that all students register with a local doctor (GP) when they arrive.
There is an NHS Health Centre on our South Kensington Campus and students living within the practice catchment area are encouraged to register there. This includes students living in any of our South Kensington halls, Evelyn Gardens, Parsons House, Pembridge Hall or Wilson House.
Students living elsewhere will need to register with a local GP, but can still use the NHS Health Centre services during the day.
There is also a Dental Surgery next door to the Health Centre, which offers a range of NHS and private treatments.
All students on a course of six months or longer who require a visa to study in the UK need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their visa application. This entitles you to care from the UK’s National Health Service for the duration of your stay.
EEA and Swiss students should obtain a European Health Insurance Card before coming to the UK in order to get access to the NHS.
Counselling and mental health advice
The Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service offers free and confidential short-term counselling on personal issues that may be affecting your wellbeing.
Be kind to yourself, work hard, relax often and never suffer in silence! Life at Imperial is hard work but I promise, it will also be some of the best years of your life."
You will be offered an initial meeting with a counsellor to talk about your difficulties and to discuss whether counselling might be helpful for you. This may be a starting point to another source of help, such as our specialist Student Mental Health Advisers, who offer support and advice to students affected by significant or enduring mental health difficulties, and our Study Mentors: Mental Health, who can help you keep on track with academic work. Life Skills workshops are also available.
If you prefer to speak to a fellow student, Nightline is a confidential helpline and listening service staffed by trained students for term-time support through the night and into the early hours of the morning.
Get more advice on coping with stress at university in this blog post from Isobel, one of our student bloggers.
Money and world faiths
Money and budgeting
For many, coming to university will be their first experience of managing their finances. If you find that you're struggling to get a handle on your budget then there are people you can turn to for help.
The Student Financial Support team is there to answer any questions you may have relating to student financial support (loans, bursaries, grants, scholarships, NHS bursaries, Student Support Fund, emergency loans and US Federal Loans). They can also offer you helpful advice and tips on organising your income.
If you suddenly find yourself in financial difficulties or experience an unexpected change in circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for emergency financial help through the Student Support Fund. The Fund offers a one-off payment of up to £2,000 to cover such emergencies as last-minute accommodation and travel, equipment and childcare.
The Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre is made up of a team of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim Chaplains and Faith Advisors. They have their own building on our South Kensington Campus, and many different groups use the space for discussion, worship, meditation and social meeting.
In addition, the Chaplaincy runs mindfulness meditation classes, offers one-to-one support for personal and faith concerns, and can provide information on local places of worship.
More than 10 of Imperial College Union's student societies are faith-based to help you meet like-minded students.
There is also a student-run Islamic prayer room on campus, and separate areas available for male and female Muslims.