SOAS University of London


Undergraduate student services

A range of student services exist to help you during your time at SOAS. They provide an invaluable source of advice and support and are available to all students of the School.

Students' Union

All students can join and use the SOAS Students' Union, which offers a range of societies and social activities.  SOAS students can also join societies and teams offered by the University of London Union (ULU). 

Welfare Advice

The Student Welfare Office based in the Paul Webley Wing, Senate House provides impartial and confidential information and advice on all aspects of student welfare. The service is available to help you with any non-academic problem that may be affecting your studies. Areas of expertise include: finance, budgeting and hardship, visas and immigration, special needs, accommodation, childcare, welfare benefits.

Counselling Services

Counselling services both at SOAS and at the University Health Centre aim to help students make the most of their time at SOAS by helping them cope with difficulties arising of a personal or emotional nature. Professionally-trained counsellors are available to offer confidential support, providing the opportunity for students to talk privately about their feelings and thoughts.

Medical services

The University Central Institutions Health Service is located close to SOAS, and offers a wealth of experience in dealing with student-related issues such as study strain, stress, fatigue and exam nerves. All students are required to register with a doctor in London, be it the University service or another GP close to your term-time address.


The SOAS Chaplaincy offer many services to students including: opportunities for prayer and worship, a confidential and sympathetic ear, a community of friendship and personal and spiritual support. SOAS is a multi-faith institution and the School has prayer rooms available for private use.


The Careers Service supports SOAS students in every aspect of their career preparation; whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or researcher and in your first or final year. The Careers team: brings over 100 employers onto campus through events; maintains a library of information explaining how to get into the various graduate careers; holds lists of full-time and part-time vacancies and internships as well as postgraduate funding; runs a volunteering unit; and offers one-to-one guidance on applications, interviews and career choice. Although a wide range of careers is covered, particular emphasis is given to those jobs of most frequent relevance to SOAS students.

Students with Disabilities

The SOAS Student Disability Officer offers advice and guidance to students with disabilities. She also works closely with academic departments to ensure that your needs are known and understood by the relevant staff.