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We’re here for you

We want your time at BU to be memorable for all the right reasons but understand that, at times, things might get tough. That’s why we offer a range of health and wellbeing support services you can access throughout – and ahead of – your time at BU.

In these difficult times, we all know how important it is to look after our mental and physical health. This page covers a brief overview of the services you can access as a student at BU. For details of all of the support on offer, visit our health and wellbeing hub for current students.

Our support services

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To help your wellbeing be the best that it can be, we offer a dedicated Student Wellbeing service, which is run in partnership with University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. As part of this, we have a team of Wellbeing Advisers, who are based at our Talbot Campus and are also available virtually.

In addition to our Student Wellbeing service, as a BU student you’ll also have access to our Medical Centre, Faith & Reflection service and SportBU (with some facilities and services currently closed or only available online due to the coronavirus pandemic). Plus, your Students’ Union (SUBU) runs SUBU Advice, where trained advisors are on hand to listen and offer guidance.

If we’re unable to provide the support and services that you might need, we work with a large number of external, specialist organisations who can help.

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BU graduate Ashleigh

on how you can improve your wellbeing while studying remotely

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ResLifeBU in room with students

If you decide to live in BU or Unilet halls of residence, either in your first year or throughout your time with us, you’ll be supported by ResLifeBU. This is our skills, social and wellbeing initiative – designed to make sure that your BU experience doesn’t stop when your learning does.

When it comes to the wellbeing aspect of ResLifeBU, ResLifeBU Assistants (who are also BU students) live in each of our accommodation blocks to help you get used to your new home.

They also organise events and socials, from the Winter Ice Ball to Club Soda alcohol-free socials and stress-relieving activities, so that you get the most from your time with us.

And each BU or Unilet halls of residence has a dedicated Wellbeing Co-ordinator, who will be there for you – whether that’s as a friendly face to talk to, suggesting ways to look after your wellbeing or putting you in touch with BU or external support services.

Discover more about ResLifeBU Wellbeing

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Danielle, BA (Hons) Marketing & Communications graduate

on putting your health and wellbeing first

Your health and wellbeing is the most important thing to BU and should be to you too. Make sure you balance work and social time, and if you’re struggling, speak to one of the advisers at the Student Wellbeing Centre or SUBU Advice.

Our Student Support & Engagement Team (SSET)

Whichever BU faculty you’ll be studying in, you will have the support of our Student Support & Engagement Team. They are your first point of contact to speak to in your faculty if you have any personal or professional concerns, issues or worries during your time at BU.

Meet Sarah, Sam, Claire and Selina. They’re all Student Support & Engagement Co-ordinators and in this short video, they explain a little more about the support that the team offers to all BU students

Find out more about the SSET See how we support your learning

Make the most of your BU experience

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Take some time out from your studies and join one of SUBU's clubs and societies. They're a great way to pursue your passions and meet like-minded students.