Starting University

list of resources for starting university including useful websites, downloads, apps, books and helplines

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  • Student Space – advice and support for preparing for university and starting university life
  • Student minds – advice and guidance on accessing wellbeing and mental health support at university
  • Prospects – advice for managing all aspects of student life and wellbeing as a student
  • Student minds blog – a blog written by students for students to give advice about starting university, mental health, and student life


 Printable Workbooks & Guides

 Free Online Courses

  • Preparing for University – build the academic skills you need for university and ease your transition into higher education
  • Student Wellbeing Course – teaches CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and mindfulness-based skills for managing many aspects of student life, including stress and wellbeing, physical health, academic study, and relationships.
  • Live Smart: your essential guide to living at university – this course will prepare you for the transition to higher education by guiding you through what to expect and how to manage the first weeks of university.

 Books on Prescription

  • Starting University: what to expect, how to prepare, go, and enjoy. 2019
    Melissa Scallan Chi Uni reference 378.1/STA   
  • How to survive University. 2017
    Clive Whichelow and Mike Haskins
    Electronic version available in library
  • Staying well and safe @ university. 2019
    Dr Dominique Thompson
    Chi Uni reference 378.19/THO

Free Apps

  • Student Health - for reliable health and mental health information - anywhere, anytime, and in private.  Including troubling health problems, emergencies and general ill health, common ailments and mental health (free to download on Apple App Store and Google Play).         
  • Worry Watch – provides user with the tools to reflect and assess upsetting situations as well as track patterns of worry to identify stressful triggers (free to download on Apple App Store).
  • My Study Life – time management for lectures, assignments, and study, to improve organisation and reduce stress (free to download on Apple App Store and Google Play).
  • What’s Up app - provides daily tools to promote positive mental health for issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, stress and more (free to download on Apple App Store and Google Play)


  • No Panic Helpline 0300 772 9844
    10am – 10pm daily
  • Youth Helpline (13-20yrs) 0330 606 1174
    M,Tu,W,F 3pm – 6pm, Th 3pm -8am, Sa 6pm – 8pm.
  • The Mix 0808 189 5260
    Mon Sun 3pm to 12am
  • Mind Infoline and signposting service 0300 123 3393
    9am to 6pm Mon to Fri
  • CALM 0800 58 58 58
    5pm to 12am Everyday

Text Support

  • Text "SHOUT" to 85258 - Feeling anxious or overwhelmed?  Students can access a free, confidential, 24/7 service to have a text-based conversation with a trained volunteer. The volunteers offer real-time support to people who are struggling. 

Email Support


  • College Info Geek, by Thomas Frank
  • Tiny Leaps Big Changes, by Gregg Clunis
  • What Adults Don’t Tell You Before You Adult, by Audio Box
  • The Hard-Core Self-Help Podcast, by Dr Robert Duff

Student Support & Wellbeing

  • Wellbeing Drop-Ins – drop in to speak to a member of the wellbeing team about wellbeing concerns and how to access support.
  • Wellbeing Walk – an opportunity to talk to meet up and chat to peers and wellbeing advisers through this activity-based mentoring.
  • Peer mentor support – access support from trained student peer mentors.

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