Oxford terms are exhilerating but can also be pretty intense. It's important you know that there are lots of people who will want to help if times get tough or you find yourself running out of steam. You can always talk to friends but there is also trained and professional support available.
And it's not just about when things go wrong - there are so many different communities at Oxford that you will find lots of ways to build your support network and spend time with people who share your interests - whatever motivates you and whoever you want to be.
Support from the University
Alongside your college support network, there are also lots of different ways that the University can help you. Your well-being is important to us; we want you to enjoy your time studying with us.
Here are just some of the services that any student can use whilst they are here. They are all free, and open to everyone:
Health advice and guidance
Your college will have a GP and a college nurse on hand, but if you do want to register with a different GP then the University can help you. It can also help you find a dentist or optician, or get your vaccinations. We also have advice on sexual health, information about keeping well, and dealing with medical emergencies.
Whether you're feeling stressed out, just want someone to talk to, or need some more in-depth support, then we have services that could help.
University Counselling Service
The Counselling Service offers free and confidential support to help students gain insight into any difficulties they may be experiencing.
Oxford SU Student Advice Service
Staffed by a trained team and offering independent advice and information, the Students' Union advice service can be reached on the phone, by email, by live chat (during term time) or in person.
Nightline is a confidential listening service run by trained students, for students. The service is confidential, and operates from 8pm to 8am every day of term.
Student Peer Supporters - including Rainbow Peers and Peers of Colour - are available in colleges and departments to talk with you informally about anything that is concerning you. All Peer Supporters have been carefully selected and trained to take up this role and receive ongoing support and supervision from the University Counselling Service.
Other useful information and guidance
Whether you need to know when terms start, need advice about your visa, or want to talk to someone about financial assistance, then there is guidance for you.
Support from your college
Your college is much more than a hall of residence. It's your home while you are studying at Oxford: you will live, eat, socialise and study here. It is also likely to be where you will have your tutorials. Being part of a college means you get all the advantages of having a small and welcoming community around you, whilst at the same time you are part of the wider University. Even if you are no longer living in college accommodation this will remain true: your college will still be your Oxford base.
Find out more about college life and support.
Across the world
Oxford has over 300,000 graduates and 214 alumni groups across the world in more than 90 countries. The groups are a fantastic resource to anyone moving to a different country or region; they can help you make friends, network and find new opportunities. Many regional alumni groups also host events for students about to join the University as freshers.
Watch videos of Oxford alumni talk about their time at university, their futures and careers.