SOAS University of London

What next?

Once you have started your degree at SOAS, we offer a variety of support structures and services to help you during your studies. Come along to meet our dedicated support staff at drop-in sessions and talks throughout Welcome Week.


The Careers Service supports all SOAS students in every aspect of their career thinking and decision making. 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.


London offers a great range of accommodation, and whilst living in the world’s most exciting city is not always inexpensive, choosing your accommodation carefully according to your budget and social priorities, can help you make the most of being a student. For more information about housing options at SOAS and for further support, contact the SOAS Housing Adviser:

Finance and immigration

The Student Welfare Office provides impartial and confidential information and advice on all aspects of student welfare. Areas of expertise include: finance, budgeting and hardship, visas and immigration, childcare and welfare benefits.

Students with disabilities and dyslexia

The SOAS Student Disability Officer provides specialist guidance and support to students with disabilities and dyslexia. We can advise on the facilities that are available and help to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to make SOAS accessible. We use the feedback we get from students about what works and what doesn't to inform the more strategic parts of our role, eg the creation of policy and working with other staff members to make SOAS as inclusive as possible.

Study Support

Every student is assigned an Academic Advisor to answer any academic related questions or concerns.  The Learning and Teaching Development provides additional support to make sure you have the best opportunity for developing your writing and other aspects of your study. A series of talks and workshops cover subjects such as effective note-taking, reading for study, writing an academic essay, giving a presentation, managing your work and doing exams.


SOAS is a multi-faith institution and is served by a team of chaplains who 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. The School also has three single-sex prayer rooms available for private use.

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.