Health, welfare and support

Student life has both ups and downs, so it's important our students feel that there is always support available should they need it. We offer a wide range of services geared towards ensuring your time with us is a success in academic, social and personal terms. These services are available to students living on or off campus.

The Hub

The Hub brings together all of Aston’s key student support departments to ensure students can get answers to their queries without having to go from one part of the University to another. The staff on the reception desk will either be able to give you an immediate answer to your query or refer you to a team of specialist staff who will be able to help.

Advice and Representation Centre

The Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) offer independent information, advice and representation services to Aston students. The ARC is similar to a Citizens‘ Advice Bureau, but specialises in student enquiries.

Enquiries are treated with absolute confidentiality by our friendly, well-trained advice team. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas, including academic issues, tuition fees, financial worries, maintenance grants, bursaries, accommodation and landlord issues.

Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is a well-established, professional service, staffed by qualified and experienced counsellors. The service is available to all current students and is free, easy to access and confidential.

Meeting with a counsellor offers the opportunity to talk about a range of issues that may be affecting you either personally or in your work as a student. Such issues may include relationship difficulties, anxiety, loss of motivation etc.

Health services

Halcyon Medical Centre is the nearest doctor's surgery to campus. It offers a confidential student health service and welcomes Aston students who live in Birmingham. You are invited to register with the Halcyon as part of your enrolment at the University or at any other time that the Centre is open. Halcyon is part of the National Health Service (NHS).

There is also an optician and a dental surgery in the Aston University Health Clinics building. These are not connected to Halcyon.

Financial support

There are a range of grants, bursaries and other sources of financial support available to students at Aston. Should you need support or advice on money matters, you can talk to our Financial Assistance Unit or the Advice and Representation Centre. If you want to earn a little more spending money, the Students’ JobShop advertise part-time jobs.

Aston's Financial Assistance Unit assesses eligibility and entitlement to Access to Learning Funds. These funds are there to assist you if you are experiencing financial hardship, but restrictions apply so not all students are eligible. Funds are also available to assist EU and international students who experience unexpected hardship resulting from a change in circumstances such as the loss of your sponsor. For more information, visit our Student Finance pages.

Study Skills support

Our Learning Development Centre can help you develop the skills you need to get the most from your degree. A team of specialists provide help and advice on revision techniques, presentation skills, essay writing and much more.


Aston University Nursery is run by our team of fully qualified and experienced staff who provide specialist developmental and fun activities for children aged between six weeks and five years. There are priority and subsidised places for the children of Aston students, but due to high demand, please apply early.

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