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Sidney Sussex

College-Based Counselling

In addition to the University Counselling Service (UCS), Sidney Sussex College provides a free and confidential College-Based Counselling service for all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at the College.

College-Based Counselling is a scheme at the University Counselling Service and subject to the same policies and procedures, including confidentiality.

Many people sort out problems by talking to friends, family or staff in their College or Department.  Sometimes looking up some information about things that are concerning them is helpful and UCS has a large selection of self-help information available on this website.  However, there are times when this is not enough and you may wish to speak to the College-Based Counsellor in a private setting in your College.


How do I make an appointment?

The College-Based Counsellor at Sidney Sussex is available on Tuesdays during Full Term between 9am and 5pm.

To arrange a counselling assessment appointment at Sidney Sussex, please complete the 'Student Pre-Counselling Form' on our secure website.  On the second page, PLEASE ensure you indicate that you are a member of Sidney Sussex by choosing the specified drop-down option.

Please also note that if you choose the option of attending EITHER your College or UCS this will ensure that you receive an appointment at the first available location.

The form is intended to be thought-provoking, but you do not need to give long answers; you can also put "I would prefer to talk about this in person" if it is difficult to write about.  It can be submitted securely to the Counselling Service online; you will need your Raven password to use this facility. To access this route, please click on the link below:

Please be aware that the online form requires completion within a 3hr time frame for security, after which it automatically shuts down (you may want to save your data in case the session is close to expiring).  We also recommend, that you do not send the form from a mobile phone.

If you prefer to download a Word version of the 'Pre-Counselling Form' and complete this by hand, please click on the following link:

Download Student Pre-Counselling Form [Word, 44.9KB]

Once completed, you can either bring the form to the University Counselling Service, Student Services Centre, Bene't Street, CB2 3PT or post it via the internal mail (UMS) marked for ‘Counselling Service Reception’. In case of technical difficulties, the form is also available as an email attachment or in hard copy from the Service, contact:

The information you give will remain confidential within the Counselling Service.


Receiving an appointment offer for counselling

After receiving your form, we will send you an email acknowledgement.

As soon as an appointment becomes available, it will also be offered to you by email and you will be asked to confirm as soon as you are able.

During peak times, your details may be placed on the waiting list until a suitable appointment becomes available.

If you are unable to attend a first appointment, please let us know as early as possible. We will normally make up to two first appointment offers, based on the availability shown in your timetable. We do our best to accommodate personal and academic commitments, but the more flexible you can be in terms of availability, the more likely you are to be seen promptly.

It is generally accepted by academic staff that students prioritise counselling appointments as they would a medical appointment.


There is also a College Website link here:

College-Based Counselling at Sidney Sussex


Student Drop-In Sessions at Sidney Sussex College

The student drop-in sessions are available to all students at Sidney Sussex who have concerns about their emotional well-being. The sessions are short appointments, which last for 20-30 minutes with the College Counsellor.  They provide an opportunity for students to talk confidentially about their concerns and to find out more about the emotional support available. 

Students can reserve an appointment by emailing UCS Counselling Reception at  Please ensure that you tell us the name of your College and the time you wish to book.  Reception will then email you to confirm if that time is available.

The appointments will run during Term on a Tuesday. There will be 2 time slots each week at 12.30pm and 1.00pm.

Please note these sessions are not suitable for students who are feeling at risk or in crisis. In these situations the student should contact their Tutor, College Nurse or Chaplain who can arrange an appointment with a Mental Health Advisor, or  call NHS 111 option 2 to speak with a Mental Health professional or Samaritans on 116 123.