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Health and Welfare

Medical Care

Every student should register themselves with a Cambridge GP. The nearest medical practice to College is located at 1 Huntingdon Road, Tel: 01223 364127.

The College Nurse

Please see the College Nurse page here.

Medical Emergencies

Urgent medical help out of hours is available at CAMDOC, Tel: Cambridge (01223) 464242. The nearest Accident and Emergency department is at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Most general practitioners in Cambridge participate in an out-of-hours emergency service which can be contacted via a patient’s registered doctor’s practice, and which is often a more appropriate first port- of-call out-of-hours than the hospital.

Further Information

A new guide to the local NHS just for Cambridge University students is now available. Whether you’re joining us this year, or returning to the city to continue your studies, the guide covers everything from registering with a GP to mental health and from colleges nurses and how they can help you to what to keep a medical kit.

The Combination Room website has information on student welfare at and the student welfare officer may be able to help.

Guidelines covering a range of health matters are issued from time to time by various bodies and committees that advise the collegiate University on health issues, please click here for more information.

For advice on vaccine-preventable infectious diseases (including information on meningitis) please click here.

The College Health and Wellbeing Committee is chaired by Professor Hill Gaston, who is contactable at

The Student Counselling Service

The Student Counselling Service is available to all undergraduate students in residence and graduate students on the register.

What sort of problems can be helped through counselling?

Most personal, relationship or identity problems can be helped through counseling. This includes anxiety, stress and depression, family and/or relationship difficulties, sexual problems and identity issues. Counselling can also help with other issues such as: adjusting to a new culture, dealing with dilemmas, making difficult decisions or choices, as well as more specific problems such as bereavement and difficulties affecting work, including bullying and harassment.

Don't wait until a problem has grown very serious - we would much rather you go when something is relatively minor, so that it can be resolved more quickly.

The Service is very well used and saw over 1300 students and 350 staff during last year alone.

Opening times:
Mondays: 9.00 - 5.30

Tuesdays: 9.00 - 7.30
Wednesdays: 9.00 - 5.30

Thursdays: 9.00 - 7.30
Fridays: 9.00 - 5.00

The Service is open throughout the year except for vacation closures at Christmas and Easter. Reception hours and evening opening may be reduced over the summer period.

The University of Cambridge's Disability Service:

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides a confidential, professional and accessible service for disabled students and those staff supporting them. The objectives of the DRC are to:

  • Provide advice and guidance for prospective and current disabled students to enable them to access a wide range of service
  • Develop and implement support programmes for disabled students to ensure equal opportunity, access and attainment
  • Provide advice, guidance and training for University and College staff in meeting the institutions' duties to disabled students within the context of disability equality legislation.

The DRC supports individuals with any impairment/disability, medical matter or injury, including those with:

  • Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dyspraxia)
  • Physical/mobility impairments and injuries (including wheelchair users, Upper Limb Disorder - also known as RSI)
  • Sensory impairments (including hearing impairment, visual impairment)
  • Mental health difficulties (including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder)
  • Long standing illnesses/health conditions (including cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, diabetes, epilepsy)
  • Asperger syndrome and autism

Please contact the DRC for further information, a confidential chat, or to arrange an appointment with an adviser.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) website can be found here.