SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Personal Wellbeing

What is Wellbeing?

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of what wellbeing is and it might vary a lot from person to person, depending on your personality and what is normal for you. Generally, wellbeing covers:

  • Feeling secure and confident in yourself and having positive self-esteem
  • Being emotionally grounded - feeling a range of emotions and being able to express them
  • Being able to develop and maintain good personal relationships
  • Coping with day-to-day stress, and managing when things are difficult
  • Positive engagement with friends, family, activities, studies and work

Lots of things can affect your wellbeing throughout your life, and we know that university can be a particularly challenging time: you may be away from home for the first time, adjusting to life in the UK, or finding it tricky to navigate the demands of higher education.

However, there isn't always a specific reason you might be struggling. If you're concerned about your wellbeing, there's some helpful information on the Mind website which is a good place to start. Support is available through Student Advice and Wellbeing year-round for all students, offering confidential support, information and advice on any concerns you may have regarding your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Please contact the Student Advice and Wellbeing team on 020 7074 5015 or