Transitions and change

International Student Advice (ISA)

ISA provides specialist services and guidance if you're an international student studying at University of Plymouth.

Find out about immigration services, culture shock, money advice, council tax, general academic queries, health, living in the UK and personal issues.

Learn more about ISA

TEDx talk: A History of Homesickness

Is home where the heart is? Or where you hang your hat at night? A historian of the emotions, Susan Matt will help explore and explain the loneliness of leaving "home", whether it's to relocate to a country halfway around the world or to university.
Watch Susan Matt's TEDx talk

An introvert’s guide to surviving freshers’ week

Freshers’ Week isn’t actually as daunting as it sounds – even for introverts. While certain events and parties are held with extroverts in mind, there are actually a number of fantastic opportunities designed for introverts too

An introvert’s guide to surviving freshers’ week’

What to do if you are feeling actively suicidal:

If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 or get yourself to your local hospital’s accident and emergency. Call an all-hours support service:

If you live in University accommodation, the Residence Life team is there to address emergency situations, or contact campus security.

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support
  • Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
  • Confidential
  • Completely independent from the university.
Freephone: 0800 042 0134
iConnectYou App (from iTunes or Google Play. Passcode 34800).

Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: