Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

We care about your health and wellbeing. We'll always be here as a listening ear to discuss any thoughts and feelings you may have in a safe and confidential environment.

The University of Hull is an exciting place to be, with so many opportunities at your fingertips. But, if you do need some support while you're here, we're here to help.

virtual health centre

City Health Care Partnership CIC and University of Hull are working in partnership to help you access a range of health services.

About the Virtual Health Centre

Depression and Anxiety - Let's Talk

Do you sometimes feel as if no one understands what you're going through? The Let's Talk Hull service are here to help support, guide and find solutions to whatever problems you're experiencing.

If you'd like to book an appointment with Let's Talk, you can be seen on campus. To arrange this - you will need to contact them by telephone to make them aware you're a student at the university. 

About Let's Talk Hull

Drugs AND Alcohol


Many people enjoy alcohol on a social level and not all drinking is harmful. However, alcohol use can have its downsides and excessive use can impact on our physical health, personal safety, mental health, work, study, friendships and relationships.

Alcohol and the student experience

In a recent study, 82% of Hull University students surveyed stated that getting drunk was part of the student experience. In addition to this 55% of those surveyed admitted to not remembering the night before; 39% injured themselves whilst drinking and 23% regretted decisions to engage in sexual behaviour whilst intoxicated (NUS 2015).

How much are you drinking?

Alcohol use is measured in units, which equates to 8g of pure alcohol. Basically, the higher the strength of alcohol (the ABV %), and the more volume you drink, the greater the number of units. Recently revised guidelines from the Department of Health recommend that we should not regularly consume more than 14 units a week.

Find out how much you're drinking using Drink Aware's unit calculator.

Alcohol and health

We often hear the term “drowning your sorrows” in relation to using alcohol to cope with depression or low moods. However, as a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can actually exacerbate depression. Certainly drinking when feeling depressed is more likely to exacerbate your existing mood, rather than relieve it.

Not only does alcohol have mental health effects, but physical too. People with certain health issues may need to take extra care when drinking. Alcohol can lower the brains threshold for epileptic seizures as well as being high in sugar content impacting on the blood sugar levels of people with Diabetes.

Alcohol can often be a contributing factor to lack of sleep and insomia. Find out all about alcohol effects on sleep.

ReNew community drug and alcohol service

If you have concerns about drug use the ReNew team can help, discuss and talk about next steps with you in a secure and confidential environment.

ReNew provide an end to end service to support adults within Hull who may have an alcohol or drug issue or who are a family member/significant other of those with a drug and or alcohol issue.

The team are on site and available each Tuesday from 10am - 4pm. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 0800 161 5700


Looking for a healthier lifestyle and to stop smoking? SMOKEFREE can help with one-to-one specialist advice and support plus FREE nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or gum in various venues across Hull and the East Riding.


SMOKEFREE appointments

Sexual Health

Yorkshire MESMAC offers a variety of sexual health services, which can be accessed via the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building, every Wednesday between 1 pm and 4.30 pm.

Advice, condoms and Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea screenings are available. The testing for this is very straightforward and involves a self-urine sample for males, or a self-swab for females.

MESMAC will also offer screenings for HIV and Syphilis, which is a finger prick test and results take just one minute.


Blue Door is a service that provides support to anyone that has experienced sexual violence.

The team provide a drop-in service during semester time each Friday from 2pm - 4pm.

Appointments are bookable via the askHU desk, or by telephoning 01482 462 222

GP Practices

Find your nearest GP


116 123 (free to call)

This free service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as a safe place to talk in confidence.

01482 462222

The AskHU Desk is on the second floor of Student Central.

Opening times:
Monday 8.45am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 8.45am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 8.45am - 5.30pm
Thursday 8.45am - 5.30pm
Friday 8.45am - 5.30pm

Student Wellbeing, Learning and Welfare Support
01482 462222

If you need to speak to someone the same day, in relation to your mental health and wellbeing, there will be a duty advisor available on the second floor of Student Central, for the duration of most working days.

To enquire about specific availability for any given day and to book an appointment, please call the number above or visit the AskHU desk on the second floor of the students' union building. Initial appointments will be 20-30 minutes long to discuss your needs. You can then make further appointments of up to 50 minutes as appropriate.

Please note that there are times when the service will close temporarily close due to unforeseen circumstances. Also please be aware that we offer a reduced service during vacation time.