If you need a bit of extra support while at the University, don’t worry. Cambridge has an extensive welfare system in place, and the lowest drop-out rate in the UK as a result.
The Cambridge Advantage: A supportive environment
As well as being part of our large University, you’re also part of a smaller College community. There are various University services and within your College you have a number of people looking out for your academic and personal welfare and supporting you throughout your time at Cambridge. Therefore, students who are struggling with a particular problem or feeling a bit lost won’t go unnoticed.
Students supporting students
Throughout the University and Colleges, there’s an extensive student-run welfare network. Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) provides an independent, professional and confidential Advice Service, offering information, support and impartial advice by phone, by email or in person at the CUSU Office.
CUSU also runs campaigns and initiatives about issues surrounding mental health, sexual health and disabilities. As every student is a member of the Students’ Union, CUSU seeks to represent them all effectively.
In addition, every College students’ union has its own welfare officer or team, and many Colleges assign ‘College parents’ (students in other years) to new students to help them settle in and find their feet.