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Although life in Oxford is a lot of fun, sometimes it is necessary to get support when life gets tough. The MCR, College, and University have a number of avenues for support that are always available if you need help. Confidentiality is always assured.


The College has a counsellor so that you can have easy access to a trained professional. You can get in touch with the counsellor either through the Deans or through the Welfare Officers.

The University has a counselling service that you are encouraged to use. They offer a free and confidential service, with many options including individual and groups sessions, workshops and self-help guides. They will not divulge information to parents or the College without your permission, and they can also refer you to other therapeutic treatments. Their phone number is 01865 270300, and you can find more information here.

Nightline is a completely independent, student-run, listening, support, and information service. It aims to provide every student in Oxford with the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence. No contact is made with any outside agency, academic department or anyone else; you don’t even have to give your name. You can phone Nightline on (2)70270 any time from 8pm to 8am. They are open from the beginning of 0th week until the end of 9th week  If you’re ringing from an Oxford (01865) number or a mobile, then they can phone you back if you want. Alternatively you can come down to the office at 16 Wellington Square to talk over coffee and biscuits for as long as you like.

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them. They are here for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone.
Telephone: 08457 909 090
60 Magdalen Road
Usual opening hours: 8am – 10pm


The Alec Turnbull Clinic provides contraception, emergency contraception and on-the-spot pregnancy testing. The clinic can also provide advice on pregnancy and abortion and pre-abortion counselling, as well as refer women directly to the John Radcliffe Hospital for a termination.

Family Planning Clinic
-1st Floor
Raglan House
Between Towns Road
Oxford OX4 3JH
Tel: 01865 456666.

The Oxford clinic is situated in the Churchill Hospital in Headington and can be found here. The clinic offers information, counselling and testing for HIV & AIDS and all other sexually transmitted infections. There is a useful web page from Brookes university, which provides useful information about making a visit to this department.

Telephone: 01865 726295. Phone cover and answer machine. More information on their site.

Free, impartial and confidential advice and free pregnancy testing. Pregnancy and abortion advice: 07767 213 762.