Health and wellbeing

While university life is full of exciting opportunities, it can also be an overwhelming time. Here you can find information on a range of services provided by the University and throughout Edinburgh to support your physical and mental wellbeing.

Dear students and staff,

We have all had to change the way in which we live and work very quickly as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic, and it can be challenging to adjust to this. Many of the things we took for granted, for example getting up in the morning and leaving our homes to attend lectures or go to work, are no longer the same. Social distancing and home working mean we have less face to face contact with friends, colleagues and family- this can be really tough.

During these difficult and uncertain times, it is common to feel overwhelmed or anxious. We understand that many of you may have concerns about how this will impact you, your family and your friends. Please see the Covid19 FAQs for current students for information on managing your wellbeing.

This is not an exhaustive set of information- we’ll be adding to it as we find articles or information which we feel is helpful. And if you come across something which you feel other people within our community could benefit from, please email it to:

Make sure you look after yourself and those close to you.

Andy Shanks

Director of Student Wellbeing


A new helpline has been launched for young people aged 16 to 25 who want to chat about the impact covid-19 has had on their lives and who live in Edinburgh, Midlothian, East & West Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Please click on this link for more information.


Health services

While at university, make sure you register with a doctor close to where you live. You can also get free access to sanitary products and condoms.

Wellbeing services

Whether you want to speak to someone or do some self-help, we are here to help point you in the direction of services and resources to look after your wellbeing.

Support in a crisis

We can help point you to resources and organisations that can help in the event of a mental health crisis or crime, including sexual assault and harassment.

Disability support

Our Student Disability Service supports students with a range of disabilities, neurodiverse conditions, physical and mental health issues. The team offers support based on your individual needs and how your disability, learning difference or health condition affects your studies.

Sport and exercise

Being active can help you both keep fit and boost your mental health. Check out the University sports facilities and activities, including gyms and sports clubs.

Worried about someone?

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of another student, friend or flatmate, learn who to contact at the University and find resources to help you.

Let's Talk

The Let's Talk podcast is a new series bringing different members of the University community together to have honest and thought-provoking conversations about a range of mental health topics.

Health & Wellbeing Centre

The University of Edinburgh is creating a dedicated health and wellbeing hub for students.