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In need of help? Come to our Advice Centre to talk to welfare, education and careers advisers, counsellors and the work experience team. All our advice services are available to you if you're a current student at Merton College. If you're not a student, you can still get education advice. All advice is free.

Welfare advice

You can talk to our welfare advisers for confidential and impartial advice as well as help with practical problems. We advise many students every year with these common issues:

  • Housing
  • Welfare benefits
  • Financial help and dealing with debt
  • Immigration
  • Childcare and health
  • Referrals to specialist community services.


Focus on problems in your personal life in a confidential and non-judgemental setting.

As you work through what's troubling you with a counsellor you'll find you have more energy to focus on your studies.

Whatever your situation we'll do our best to support you and help you complete your course successfully. There are many reasons you might want to come to us - stress, relationships, bereavement, sexuality or abuse and more.

Many of our students find counselling incredibly helpful but the decision is entirely yours -not your tutors, parents or other students.

Careers advice

When the time comes to think about your future there's lots of help on hand.

Turn to our team of careers advisers for confidential and impartial careers advice on:

  • University research and UCAS applications and personal statements
  • Career choices
  • Financial help at university and applying for loans
  • Job hunting - application forms, CVs and interviews
  • Employment and training
  • Comparing overseas and UK qualification

Education advice

You don't have to be a student with us to get education advice - this service is available to current and non-students.

If you're unsure about your options and want some expert advice, our Education Advisers are on hand to help. You can email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call on 020 8408 6416 or drop in and speak to someone.