Welfare and support | University of Oxford
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Welfare and support

The University is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for all students. The Oxford Student website offers a more comprehensive view of the welfare services and resources available to our students. 

Health care

Student health is primarily handled within colleges: your college will have a National Health Service (NHS) doctor and nurse. The University can also help you register with a different doctor, find an optician or dentist and get vaccinations.

Disability advice and support

If you’re a student with a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, we’re committed to providing the support you need throughout your time at Oxford. Our Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is a team of specialist advisors who can give you information and advice on relevant issues, and help facilitate your access to study.

We'd really encourage you to tell the University about your disability as early as possible, so that you can benefit from the full range of support available; but you can get in touch with DAS at any time during your studies.

For more information about disclosing your disability when you apply, visit our advice for applicants with a disability.

University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is free, confidential and staffed by fully-trained counsellors and psychotherapists. The team helps people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and a wide range of personal issues. You can receive individual or group counselling, or participate in a range of topical workshops to help you build essential skills to respond to the demands of life at university.

Oxford Nightline

Open every night during term-time (8pm–8am), Nightline is an independent and confidential listening, information and support service, run by students for students. You can contact Nightline by phone, Skype or IM, or drop into the Nightline flat for coffee and a chat, and you can ask to speak to a male or female volunteer.

Sexual Harassment and Violence Support

The University takes harassment and sexual violence very seriously. The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is for any Oxford student affected by sexual harassment or violence, whether currently or in the past. The support and advice provided by the service's specialist advisors is tailored to your individual needs. Every college and department also has at least one male and one female harassment adviser.

Student peer supporters

Student peer supporters are available in colleges and departments to talk with you informally about any issues or problems you might be experiencing. At any one time there are around 350 peer supporters, who are carefully selected and trained to take up this role, and receive ongoing support and supervision from the University Counselling Service.

Oxford SU Student Advice Service

The Student Union (Oxford SU) runs an independent advice and information service for Oxford University students. The service offers a space for you to talk in confidence and information on a range of issues you might encounter during your time at Oxford.

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