Support and wellbeing

The PhD Academy office is open to face to face advice and also offering online support for those not able to come onto campus.

In order to ensure the quickest possible response, please use the service desk. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, you can now book an online appointment, please go to The Team, How to contact Us for details.

Your mental health and wellbeing 

Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity are offering free support and advice to students during term time and holidays. You can reach out via text, phone, webchat and email every day. To find out more about their services and useful resources, click here.

Contacting the PhD Academy

When you contact us we will aim to:

  • resolve the issue for you on the spot, or
  • refer you to another colleague in the PhD Academy who has specialist knowledge of the query raised, or
  • identify the person you need to contact outside of the PhD Academy

For more information about our aims and objectives as a service provider, see the PhD Academy Statement of Service Level [PDF].

The Wellbeing Thesis

The Wellbeing Thesis is an online resource for postgraduate researchers to support wellbeing, learning, and research during the PhD journey. 

They offer resources, videos, and downloadable contant covering topics such as:

  • Postgraduate Research Myths Debunked
  • Making the Research Process Work for You
  • Managing Adversity
  • Planning for the World After
  • Feeding Your Brain

The Wellbeing Thesis is hosted by Student Minds, a mental health charity focused on supporting students. The project is suppoerted by researchers at the University of Derby and King'd College London, and uses a proactive approach to assist researchers. It is an evolving resource and encourges feedback - so if you have suggestions or comments on it's content you are invited to submit your thoughts here

Advice and support teams at LSE

There are many other people and teams across LSE who offer advice and support, as detailed below.

Student Wellbeing Service

LSE's Student Wellbeing Service encompases a wellbeing team, the student counselling service, and the disability & mental health service.

Student Wellbeing and Counselling Services offer offer one-to-one, confidential support. We also provide psycho-educational workshops and groups to support you during your time at LSE.

The Disability and Mental Health Service sees students on an individual and confidential basis and has several specialist advisers, including in neurodiversity and mental health. Student are welcome to visit for a drop-in appointment 12-1pm daily during term time.

See the Student Wellbeing Service or call 020 7955 7767. The Disability and Wellbeing Service is located at 4.02 Pethick-Lawrence House (PEL).

  • Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm
  • Accepts online appointments via Zoom or in person appointments on campus
  • You can also access 24/7 mental health support via Spectrum.Life by calling 0808 189 01 03


It is really important that you are registered with a GP (Family Doctor) in London. Registering with a GP will allow you to access to whole range of medical, psychological and wellbeing services.

Please don’t wait until you’re ill before realising that you need to register with a GP. It can take time to get registered with a GP and onto the NHS system.

For more information on how to register with a doctor in London visit Healthcare in the UK.

The Faith Centre

The Faith Centre is home to the LSE's diverse religious activities, transformational interfaith leadership programmes and a quiet, reflective space for all staff and students.


PhD Academy Surgeries & Wellbeing Events

 For details of our surgeries see events and courses.

Fees Office

 The Fees Office manages everything relating to fees, US, Canadian and Indian loans (including for living expenses) and professional and career development loans. Please note that UK student loans are dealt with via Student Finance England.

The Language Centre - Proof Reading 

See more information about the service on their website.   

Please direct any queries related to this to the Language Centre

The Eden Centre

The Eden Centre, established in October 2019, is a pro-active, developmental centre of education expertise with a clear focus on academic staff development, curriculum enrichment and digital innovation. There is a dedicated portal for Graduate Teaching Assistants to support PhD students who are also working as GTAs

The Student Union

LSESU offer a  free, independent and confidential service, offering advice, guidance and representation to all LSE students. Their team of professional Student Advisers is on hand to assist you with a range of issues and can advise and represent you on LSE academic policies – appeals, exceptional circumstances, academic misconduct and complaints. We can also support you with housing matters (such as contract checking and helping you understand right to rent checks), applications to the LSESU hardship funds, and point you in the right direction for any general queries you may have.

All services are free and advice is provided in strict confidence.

You can also read our latest updates, blogs and info on the official LSESU Tumblr.

Fraud Advice for Students

Support for students. We hope that you will never fall victim to fraudsters.

Please do take the time to read through the guides and advice and help protect yourself now.

Cost of living information and support for students