Loneliness and anxiety support

Whether you are feeling homesick, are looking for ways to make friends or are feeling anxious about university, we have someone to help you.

Talk to someone

If you are feeling lonely or anxious, it may help to talk to someone. Whether you prefer to talk to another student, a trained counsellor or a chaplain, the University has someone for you to get in touch with.

Nightline - Guild of Students

Need someone to talk to? We provide a confidential listening and information service run for students by students from 6pm–8am every night of term.

Student Mentor Scheme - Guild of Students

Sometimes another student is best able to identify with your situation. The Student Mentor Scheme provides advice and guidance to all students living in university accommodation. The scheme can particularly help students settle into University life and also provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for students to come and air any worries or concerns they may have. The scheme can provide regular and on-going support to students.

Welfare tutors

Welfare Tutors can provide practical support if you are experiencing personal problems that interfere with academic work.

Counselling and Wellbeing

The Counselling and Wellbeing service gives you professional and confidential support to help you manage your emotional wellbeing.


Drop in to chat with a chaplain, to meet with friends and meet new people, or just for a cup of tea.  Chaplains give you pastoral support and a listening ear for your problems and are there for those of all faiths and none.

Meet new people

University is a great place to meet new people - but it may seem difficult at first. Get involved in University activities and you might end up making some friends for life.

Guild of Students societies

With more than 180 student groups, there really is something for everyone. With societies such as G:TV (Guild Television), Wayfarers (walking) and Circus, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

University of Birmingham Sport

Sport plays a major role in life at Birmingham - it is consistently one of the top universities in Britain for competitive sport and a centre of excellence for many disciplines. Joining a team is a great way to meet new people, and great for your health too!

Deal with practical problems

You may be anxious because of practical concerns with your course, living arrangements or finances. Guild Advice at the Guild of Students offers impartial advice on these and many other student concerns.

Self Help Guides

Take the first step to overcoming your anxiety by learning new ways to cope. Download the University Self Help Guide about Anxiety for free.