Staying healthy and happy

We want you to enjoy and make the most of your time at Birmingham. When you’re away from home and faced with all the new challenges and excitement of uni life, it can be all too easy to forget about your own personal wellbeing. So we make sure you have all the support you need to stay healthy and happy, and to succeed in your academic studies.

Settling in

If you’re feeling a bit nervous about your first few days at uni, don’t worry. Your school will allocate you a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at the start of your programme to help you begin your studies in the best way. They’ll also be on hand for advice and guidance throughout your time with us.

If you’re living in University accommodation, you’ll also be allocated a trained student mentor. To find out more about how student mentors can be invaluable in helping you to settle in, please click the link.

Wellbeing services

We offer all sorts of resources to help you develop skills to manage any practical, emotional and psychological issues that may have an effect on your studies. Our team of professional counsellors offers one-to-one sessions, including online counselling, as well as group workshops on everything from time management to coping with exam stress. You can also access a wide range of interactive resources that enable you to set and achieve goals relating to your physical health, diet, mental wellbeing – even getting a good night’s sleep!

Support from the Guild of Students

Guild Advice is a professional student advice service, helping you with any financial, academic, employment, housing and immigration issues you may face during your time at the University. The service is free and you can either drop into the centre for a chat in a safe, relaxed environment, or contact its online service where professional advisors can respond to your queries or concerns.

Support for mental health conditions

If you have a diagnosed mental health condition, or think that you might have one, you can get disability support from the Mental Health Advisory Service, including confidential advice from two mental health advisors who are qualified practitioners and have a wealth of experience in supporting students.

Sport and fitness

The University is a centre of excellence for many sports, and our 43 teams and clubs attract around 2,000 students and staff members. As a student, you can join the gym at the Munrow Sports Centre and benefit from the excellent sporting facilities across the University.

Medical and dental services

The University has its own Medical Practice and University Dental & Implant Centre. We recommend that you register either with our Medical and Dental services or find a local doctor and dentist to use during your time studying at the University. Details of local medical and dental practices can be found at the National Health Service website.

University Medical Practice

The University Medical Practice (UMP) is on the edge of our Edgbaston campus and caters for our students and staff. Please visit the University Medical Practice website for further information about their services, opening times and contact details.

University Dental and Implant Centre

Our Dental service caters for students and staff. You can book routine check-ups as well as scaling, crowns, dental implants and tooth whitening. For more information about the University’s dental services, please visit the University Dental and Implant Centre website.

International students

Advice about healthcare for international students is available from our International Students Advisory Services (ISAS) website and also from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website .

Student counselling 

Whilst the University and Guild of students offer a range of activities to help you throughout your time at Birmingham, should you experience any emotional or psychological difficulties during your time here, our team of professional counsellors are on hand to support you.

Our free, confidential counselling service is available short-term for all registered students, whether your problems are personal, academic or social.

In addition to one-to-one counselling and assessments, the University offers a range of workshops and groups, plus a group mediation service for flatmates, tutor groups, or any group of students who are not getting on with each other.

The workshops on offer from the University are usually one-off sessions which give you practical tools to manage emotional anxiety such as exam anxiety or stress.

Multi-session support groups are also offered on subjects as broad as coping with bereavement to dealing with eating issues.

For further information about the University's counselling services, please telephone +44 (0)121 414 5130.