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Our Network of Support and Welfare Services 

University is often an exciting chapter of our lives and at Durham, we want every student to reach their full potential. So, whether you want to develop your academic skills or need help because you’re feeling overwhelmed, there is support available for you.  Find out more about support at Durham and how to access it by visiting ourStudent Support at Durham page .

It is important that all international students prioritise registering with a doctor while at Durham, so that you receive medical treatment if you need it. Information on this can be found here.

Enjoy a supportive environment and help with everything from your wellbeing to your career. 


Support from your college

Each College has a dedicated student support team to support you throughout your time at Durham University. The team can advise you on issues affecting your wellbeing and help you to access other support services across the University. They are available during office hours (usually 9am-5pm but check with your College).

Out of office hours, you can contact your College RSA (Porter) who will be able to route urgent concerns to the appropriate on-call duty officer - this will be a member of College staff from your own or another College. This service is available to all students, whether they live in or out of College. 


Supporting your studies  

We don’t just provide academic support. We care about your personal wellbeing, too. Each Department has a dedicated Student Support Officer or Manager who provides support to help students engage effectively and/or progress satisfactorily in their studies. Department teams are available during office hours and can help you access other support services across the University.


Counselling and Mental Health

Throughout your time with us, you will have access to support from the Counselling and Mental Health Service.

The service offers a range of support tailored to your individual needs. This could include support with self-help resources, workshops and support groups, brief 1:1 interventions, referrals into local NHS  


Disability support  

Whether you've got a physical disability, a medical or mental health condition or experience neurodiversity, our specialist Disability Support Service will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. You may receive a Disability Support Plan, outlining the support you'll need to ensure that you can fully engage with your studies.

It's important to let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can start an early conversation about appropriate support. To find out more, email


Chaplaincy and faith provision 

The University is a multi-cultural and multi-faith community which celebrates our differences and believes they make us stronger. Our network of Chaplains welcome students of all faiths, beliefs and worldviews.

The chaplains provide pastoral and spiritual wellbeing support and activities, e.g. the Listening Service and Mindfulness sessions.

The University provides dedicated facilities for our main religious communities, including prayer rooms, events and societies, single-sex accommodation, and Kosher and Halal catering.

If you have any special requirements related to your faith, get in touch:


The Academic Skills centre 

The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) offers you a range of development opportunities in academic writing skills and academic English language, maths and statistics, and digital skills. Our courses, tutorials, drop-ins and online resources are available to you throughout your time at Durham.


Expert careers advice  

It could be that you know exactly where you want to be when you finish University, or maybe you don’t even know where to start. Either way, our careers advisors can help. From career planning to applying for internships, placements, and graduate jobs, we’ll support you from day one. Wherever you’ve come from and wherever you want to go, we’ll help you develop the necessary skills and experience to succeed.


Go abroad with Durham

Durham offers a range of activities, options and funding for students from all backgrounds and degrees to gain an international experience during their degree. The dedicated Exchanges and Study Abroad Team in the International Office are there to assist.