Looking after yourself

There's lots of support for looking after your mind and body at the University, and making sure you're taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do to stay fit, alert and healthy and enjoy your time here.

Mental Wellbeing

To keep in good mental health, health experts recommend that you regularly:

  • talk to your family and friends
  • eat a healthy balanced diet
  • exercise
  • do something you enjoy
  • avoid too much alcohol. 

It is normal to feel down or under pressure at times but if these feelings don’t go away quickly, or if you find it hard to cope with the normal stresses of life, it is important to seek help.

If you feel depressed, stressed, anxious or lonely for whatever reason, you can seek confidential help by:

If you have a pre-existing mental health condition then read our information on mental health difficulties to find out about the support that is available to you.

Groups and workshops

The Student Counselling Centre offer a range of groups and workshops designed to enhance your wellbeing and develop new skills. These include a meditation group, postgraduate support, workshops on life skills and groups for international students. 

Sexual Health and Relationships

For information on sexual health, contraception and support related to sexual relationships, visit the Student Advice Centre in Leeds University Union or the Leeds Sexual Health or Family Planning Association websites.


For some students drinking with friends is a very important part of their social life and some may drink more than is good for them. However, many students just have a few drinks and some choose not to drink alcohol at all. You certainly won’t be alone if you ask for a non-alcoholic drink, whether you are at a bar, or at someone’s home. All social venues offer a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks so don’t be embarrassed to order one. There are also lots of venues and events where alcohol is not served.

It is illegal to for anyone under the age of 18 to buy alcohol. For more information about the health implications of drinking and laws relating to drinking alcohol, visit the Drink Aware website and the government-run websites ‘Talk to Frank’ and THINK!

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice Chancellor, comments:

"The University of Leeds and Leeds University Union are working together to ensure the good health and wellbeing of our students.  As part of this we are participating in the NUS alcohol impact project and are committed to achieving the criteria for accreditation under this scheme.”


It is illegal to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places, workplaces and on public transport. If you break the law you can be fined or even prosecuted.

You cannot smoke in any University buildings or at entrances to University buildings, including doorways and covered walkways.

Leeds Student Medical Practice or your local doctor can give you support if you want to stop smoking.


All controlled drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy/MDMA and cocaine are illegal.

If you are caught with controlled drugs in your possession you can be criminally prosecuted. This could also lead to the University taking strict disciplinary action and result in your expulsion from the University.

If you are concerned or have questions about drugs, The National Drugs Helpline is a 24-hour, seven-days a week, free and confidential telephone service that offers advice and information. There is also lots of information on the NHS Choices website.