Get support and advice

There is a lot of support available to help you through any number of issues or problems you might face whilst in the UK.

The Chevening Welfare and Immigration team is always happy to offer you advice and guidance, and you will find a lot of help and support from the advice services at your university and in your Students’ Union.  In more specific circumstances, you may also find some help from the organisations listed below.

If you cannot find the support that you require from the links below then please feel free to contact the welfare and immigration team.


Citizens’ Advice Bureau – General service that offers advice on many issues including finances, accommodation and family issues. 


Shelter – UK wide housing charity which offers free advice on housing issues and homelessness

University of London Housing Service – Free housing advice and listings for students at University of London institutions

Unipol – Free housing advice and listings for students in Leeds, Nottingham and Bradford


Victim Support – An organisation offering confidential advice if you have been a victim of crime

British Council – Safety First – Pamphlet made by the British Council on staying safe when you visit the UK


Cruse – Charity which offers advice and support to people struggling with bereavement

Good Grief Trust – Charity run by bereaved people to support bereaved people


NCT – Support for soon to be and new parents

Maternity Action – Organisation that campaigns for better rights for parents

Disability and learning difficulties

Disability Rights UK – Charity which promotes disability rights in the UK

AccessAble – A website that provides accessibility guides for a multitude of public places in the UK

RNIB – Charity which offers support and services for blind people

Action on Hearing Loss – Largest UK charity for supporting deaf people

Scope – Charity that champions equality for people with disabilities in the UK

ADHS Foundation – Organisation to improve wellbeing of people suffering with ADHD and other associated disorders

AADD-UK – Support organisation for people with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

British Dyslexia Association – Organisation offering dyslexia advice, information and services

The Me Association – Organisation offering information and support for people with ME

Fibromyalgia Action UK – Small charity which promotes awareness and support for people with Fibromyalgia

Pain UK – An umbrella organisation of various charities which support people with chronic conditions

Mental health

Mental Health Mates – Peer support group where people with mental health problems can meet up for walks and talk openly about mental health

NHS – Student Mental Health – NHS webpages about student mental health

NHS Audio Guides – Audio guides with practical tips and advice for dealing with various mental health issues

Students Against Depression – Website that provides advice and support to students struggling with mental health

Student Minds – UK student mental health charity offering support and advice – Many universities will have a Student Minds society on campus.

Mind – A charity which has a wealth of information and support for mental health

Local Minds – Directory of Local Mind services which are independent organisations found all over the UK and which partner with Mind

Action for Happiness – An organisation which aims to improve happiness and wellbeing in society

Anxiety UK – Registered charity which works to relive and support people living with anxiety

Rethink Mental Illness – An organisation that supports people with severe mental illness through local groups and services

Stress Management Society – Organisation helping people cope with and reduce stress

Confidential listening services and online counselling

The Samaritans – Nationwide listening service available to everyone

Nightline – A confidential listening service for students in certain cities. Check to see if your university is signed up

Togetherall – Online counselling service. You may need to subscribe if your university or local borough are not signed up to it already

Kooth – Online counselling and confidential listening

Academic Support

Prepare for Success – An interactive web learning tool for international students

Cite them Right – Comprehensive guide on referencing and avoiding plagiarism