university of bedfordshire student support

university of bedfordshire student support

Mental Health

Mental Health

Personal support for students experiencing mental health difficulties

One in four people experience some sort of mental health difficulty in their life, particularity during stressful times such as starting university or moving away from home. If you feel that you may be experiencing some difficulties with your mental health or have been given a formal diagnosis then the Mental Health Service may be able to help you.

Disability support

Disability Support

Disability and dyslexia support

We work with students with a range of disabilities including sensory and physical impairments, mental health difficulties, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, sickle cell anaemia and arthritis.

Disability advice and support throughout your time at University

You may have such a condition but feel that you do not have a disability. We will be able to advise you how to gain the support you need for your studies.

We will help you all year around from application and throughout your course. You can find out more about our service by clicking on the links on the left-hand side of this page.

Contact disability and dyslexia support

Luton Campus

Student Support
Second Floor, Campus Centre
University Square
Luton, LU1 3JU


Bedford Campus

Student Support
University of Bedfordshire
Polhill Avenue
Bedford, MK41 9EA


Students at Buckinghamshire hospital sites and UCMK

Please contact Luton campus service if you are based at Buckinghamshire Hospital sites or University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK).

Community & Faith

Community & Faith

University of Bedfordshire Community and Faith Centres

The Tree House in Luton and SeedBeds in Bedford offer

  • a relaxing and safe environment,
  • a place to chat and meet friends over a hot or cold drink,
  • space for reflection and prayer.


The centres also offer a range of spiritual and social activities and host a variety of groups. Our Community and Faith teams are based in the centres.

We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs and offer personal and spiritual support to students from over 100 countries.

Faith communities

We can advise you on finding a faith community, a church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other places of worship.

We have strong links with Luton and Bedford Councils of Faith and with ‘Learning Together, Living in Harmony’ Interfaith group in Aylesbury and are able use these links to advise on many faith matters.

Open to all University of Bedfordshire students and staff

Whatever your religion or belief you will find a warm and friendly welcome in the Treehouse and SeedBeds and from our Community and Faith teams. Come along and see what we have to offer.




Personal support for students at the University of Bedfordshire

The Counselling Service is here to help you gain as much as possible from your time at university.

We aim to offer you prompt access to counselling if you are experiencing any problems of a personal or emotional nature that may be interfering with your academic work and your life.

Counselling is free to all full time and part time registered students.

How we can help you

  • Counselling offers you the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who is impartial and separate from work, social and family life.
  • We do not aim to solve your problems for you; our aim is to help you find and activate your own resources to resolve your difficulties.
  • Counselling may enable you to make some changes in your life or think about new ways to manage your situation.
  • Help with a wide range of issues.

Frequently asked questions about counselling

I’m not sure what my problem is. Can I still come for counselling?
Yes, counselling will help you explore and clarify whatever is troubling you.

What happens when I contact the Counselling Service?
We will offer you an initial appointment with a counsellor at a time convenient to you.

How long will I have to wait for my first appointment?
We aim to offer a first appointment within 5 working days (although it may take a little longer at peak times, or if you have very limited availability).

What will happen when I come for my assessment appointment?
We will ask you to complete some forms that will help you think about what your difficulties are and what you may want out of counselling. Your counsellor will discuss these with you and together you will decide the best way forward. You may see another counsellor if you return for more sessions.

How many sessions will I have?
We can offer up to six sessions, depending on need and this will be discussed with you at your first appointment. Each session lasts about 50 minutes.

What if I am unable to keep an appointment?
There is a heavy demand for the service and we hope you will value your contact with us. Please let us know as soon as possible (at least 24 hours) if you are unable to attend so we can re-allocate your appointment(s).

Will anyone outside of the Counselling Service know I am coming for counselling?
Not unless you tell them. Counselling is confidential except in certain exceptional circumstances. Find out more about confidentiality.

Contact Bedford Counselling Service

Student Support (P Building)
Polhill Avenue
Bedford MK45 9EA


Contact Luton Counselling Service

The Student Counselling Service
The Campus Centre
University Square
Luton LU1 3JU


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Where to find us

  • Luton campus: Student Support is based on the second floor of the Campus Centre.
  • Bedford campus: Student Support is based off the Hub, P0.31a.

We are open

  • 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am-4.30pm on Fridays

Milton Keynes

At Milton Keynes campus you can book an appointment via the main reception desk.

Other sites

For students at other sites, we are available via SiD or email.

Contact us

You can speak to a member of the SID Team for general information about our services and to book an appointment with a Student Engagement Advisor.

You can also find out more information about our counselling and mental well-being support and disability support, including diagnostic testing for dyslexia screenings.

You can also email a team directly for more information or if you would like to book an appointment.