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Social life

The Students' Union (SU) organises weekly social events as well as parties and festivals throughout the year. Highlights include West London Varsity, Summer Ball and a London Boat Party. 

They also organise a wide range of sports clubs and societies for students to get involved in, ranging from basketball and rugby to the International Society and the Christian Union.

On campus there is a Starbucks, a licensed SU bar (with screens showing sporting events) and an SU shop. There's also a wide range of local bars, restaurants and cafés within walking distance.

International social programme

As an international student, you can purchase the St Mary's Social Programme, a competitively-priced travel package including activities in London and across the UK.

The programme varies each semester and details and booking information are sent to students before they arrive at St Mary's.

On-campus support

At St Mary's you will find a range of on-campus student support services, who can assist and advise you during your studies with us.

International Team

The International Team is here to help students by offering guidance on visas and UK immigration policy whilst supporting you to get the most out of what St Mary's can offerWe run orientation and Global Peer Mentor programmes to help international students settle in to university life and the St Mary's Social Programme to help them get the most out of their time in the UK.

We also oversee outgoing study abroad programmes for students looking to add an additional period of overseas study into their degrees. The International Department is keen to ensure students have the best experience possible and welcomes suggestions for improvement.

Accommodation Service

The Accommodation Service in on-hand to help you apply for halls of residence accommodation, as well as give support in finding off-campus accommodation.

Careers Service

The Careers Service provides advice to students with Tier 4 visas on finding and applying for work and volunteering opportunities. They also run a range of workshops, presentations and fairs, including events aimed at incorporating international experience into CVs and career plans.

Centre for Workplace Learning

The Centre for Workplace Learning helps undergraduate students (including Study Abroad and full-degree international students) gain practical work experience and boost their CVs.

English Language Support

English language support is offered through in two ways: 

  • Weekly in-sessional English courses, available free of charge, to help enrolled students improve their academic English
  • Pre-sessional courses for students looking to raise their IELTS score by up to .5 before starting their degree programme

The Chaplaincy is at the heart of St Mary's, and provides pastoral care and support for all students. As well as offering Mass and Morning prayers every day, they also organise a range of social events. The Chaplaincy has an inclusive mission and welcomes students from all faith traditions,  and there is a multi-faith prayer room situated below the main university chapel.


The Counselling Service is available to all staff and students and offers professional counselling on a wide range of issues. You can either book a session with a counsellor or use the drop-in hours.

Health Centre

The on-campus Health Centre offers the usual medical services provided by a GP practice as well as personal advice on all aspects of student health.

Student Funding

Student Services can answer questions about financial matters, such as scholarships, bursaries, loans and tuition fees, and give advice on how to manage your money while you are at university.


Registry deal with any enquiries regarding adding/dropping modules, transcripts and academic records.

Disability and Dyslexia

The Disability and Dyslexia Service offer extra assistance for students with disabilities, assessed on a case-by-case basis, to help you be proactive in your studies as an independent learner.

Learning Advisors

Learning Advisors offer individual or group support with writing and study skills and our Royal Literary Fellow provides one-to-one support on written projects.

Students' Union (SU)

As well as organising events, clubs and activities, the SU also has a dedicated International Student Officer whose job is to help international students feel settled and signpost them towards the resources they need.

Global Peer Mentor Scheme

We will match you with a current student who can offer you additional support as you settle into London life. We'll invite you to join the scheme closer to your arrival, but please e-mail with any questions.

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