Sometimes problems or difficulties arise which may be helped by discussion in a supportive, confidential environment. University counsellors are available, by appointment, to talk in confidence about personal and emotional concerns, which can affect your life as a student and your ongoing academic progress. Talking in this way to an independent person, who is not there to judge or advise, can help you find your strengths, become aware of your patterns of behaviour, and ultimately, your solutions and decisions.

You can talk to a counsellor about anything that is causing you to feel worried or distressed. Some students have used counselling to help them through:

  • transitions
  • homesickness
  • loneliness
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • making a difficult decision
  • problems with studying or exams
  • exploring the past, and the ways it has affected them, in order to move forward
  • difficulties connected with cultural identity
  • managing eating disorders, alcohol or drug problems
  • changing relationships
  • addressing issues concerned with sex and sexuality
  • building self confidence

How to book an appointment

Go to the Counselling Service website and download a self referral pack which you can then submit electronically or as a hard copy to the 4 West Student Services Helpdesk.

Counselling at the University of Bath

Find more information about the services offered by the University.

There is also a new website specifically designed for students hosted by the University's Counselling Service.  It has different features including student scenarios, help with common problems and some downloadable self help tools.  Go to the mindmatters website to find out more.

Outside Counselling

If you would prefer to see a counsellor outside of the University, or there are no appointments available you may like to try the following options:

Off the Record
This is a confidential service open to young people up to the age of 25. They have a number of counsellors who you can book an appointment with.

Telephone: 0800 389 5551
Text: 07753 891 745
Location: Bath - Open House Centre, Manvers Street (just up from the Railway Station), Keynsham - Milward House, 1 Bristol Road, or Midsomer Norton 113a High Street.

Mitigating Circumstances

If you feel that there are circumstances which are affecting your studies, the Advice and Representation Centre would recommend you submit a Mitigating Circumstances Form to your department.