London Nightline is funded primarily by universities, unions and accommodation providers who agree to pay a yearly fee to support its activities based on their number of students. In return, Nightline provides a high quality out-of-hours helpline service, which is designed to complement university based welfare service, as well as a range of other benefits. Whilst we are still a London-based charity, we are proud that our service now covers students based all over the country and the world, through our partnerships with distance-learning institutions and accommodation providers. For more information, please click on the links below.

Information for Prospective Affiliates

The stereotypical image of student life is one of socialising, parties, and very little work or responsibility. However, with high pressure to achieve academically, fierce competition for graduate jobs and increasing financial concerns, this is not the university experience for many students.

London Nightline allows students the opportunity to talk through their thoughts and fears with their peers, fellow students who can often relate to how they are feeling. We offer a non-directive and non-judgemental service, which allows callers to lead the conversation and reach their own conclusions in an accepting and empathetic environment. We also offer an information service on all aspects of life in London, from details of local STI clinics to a taxi number or nearest takeaway after a night out!

Being open at night, between 6pm and 8am, allows us to compliment other university welfare services, which are generally only available during the day, and support students during the nighttime hours when thoughts can seem more present. Nightline can also be a valuable source of support to students who spend time carrying out course placements or other activities away from university, and those studying from their home with a distance-learning institution, and who therefore have limited access to institution-based welfare services. We are also working increasingly with student accommodation providers, as they can often act as a frontline to student welfare issues.

There are approximately 50 colleges, universities and student unions that are currently affiliated to London Nightline. We cover a wide variety of institutions, from very large universities offering many different courses of study, to smaller and more specialist colleges, to individuals based at home. Our ultimate aim is for every student to have access to a Nightline listening service, and we are always eager to generate new affiliations, whether they are based in London or don’t have access to a more local Nightline.

With the introduction of the new University Mental Health Charter, we are hoping that every university in the country will become connected to a Nightline, whether that be London or a more local branch.

If your institution is interested in becoming an affiliate of London Nightline, for more information or to set up a face-to-face meeting, please contact the Co-ordinator:

Benefits of Affiliation

In return for your annual affiliation fee, you’ll benefit from all the wonderful aspects of Nightline.

A Listening Service For Your Students

  • Provide your students with a peer-to-peer listening, support and information service between 6pm and 8am every night during term time, and an email service that runs every day of the year.
  • Aim to complement your existing welfare services by providing out-of-hours support and information to your students.
  • Refer or sign-post students to institution-based support services, where appropriate.

Volunteering Opportunities

  • Offer your students an excellent volunteering programme with full training, support and opportunities for progression within the organisation (subject to successful completion of training, and assessment criteria).
  • Opportunities for your students to specialise their volunteering to their interests, whether that be on our publicity team or within the service section, such as becoming a trainer or technology coordinator

Publicity Materials and Events

  • Supply your institution with as many Nightline-branded publicity materials as required, throughout the year and free of charge. At present these publicity items include posters, flyers, bookmarks, wallet cards, stickers and mouse mats, although materials may vary from year to year. To receive these items, please email the coordinator at
  • Have representatives available to attend Fresher’s Fairs, Welfare Sessions and similar events at your institution, providing a variety of ‘freebies’ to entice students. In recent years these have included Nightline-branded stress balls, highlighters, sweets, post-it notes, condoms, and Oyster Card holders.
  • Aim to tailor our publicity, wherever possible, to the needs of your institution, from ‘flyering’ outside the Student Union bar, to giving powerpoint presentations at induction days, to providing adverts and slideshows for SubTV screens.

Networking and Information

  • Aim to organise an annual face-to-face meeting with representatives from your institution to keep you informed of developments to Nightline, discuss the specific requirements of your institution, or answer any questions you may have.
  • The chance for a representative from your institution to attend termly Affiliate Advisory Committee meetings to hear about our updates and progression, and network with other institutions in the sector.

Training Opportunities

  • Invite welfare staff and sabbatical officers to attend our training in October.
  • Offer external training packages, based on our own active listening skills training, to relevant staff at your institution (subject to availability).
  • Invite a representative from your institution to sit on our Steering Committee, which meets three times a year and helps make sure that our funders have an active part to play in the running of our charity.

2020-2021 Cost of Affiliation

London Nightline’s primary source of funding is from affiliated colleges, universities and their student unions, and student accommodation providers. Fees are paid to Nightline by affiliated institutions on an annual basis, and can be organised into termly instalments if preferred.

Affiliation fees are calculated according to the number students at each institution. The current charge per FTE (HESA Full Time Equivalent) student at a college or university is £0.37 per student, which is typically divided as £0.27 to the college and £0.10 to the Students Union to help spread the cost over the different parts of the institution responsible for student welfare.

Please note that HESA statistics are published retrospectively, so we use the most recently available statistics to calculate affiliation fees. For the 2021-2022 academic year we will therefore be using the 2019-2020 HESA numbers. Not all of our affiliates can be found in the HESA statistics, and in these cases we work with your team to finalise the number.

Current Affiliates

If you don’t attend one of these universities, please check with the Nightline Association here to find your local Nightline.


  • The Academy of Contemporary Music
  • Boston University London Program
  • Union of Brunel Students
  • Cass & Claredale HRA Ltd
  • Chapter Student Accommodation
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art Students’ Union
  • Fresh Student Living
  • Glasgow and Caledonian University in London
  • Goodenough College
  • University of Greenwich
  • Grinnell-in-London Program
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • HULT International Business School in London
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • INTO London World Education Centre
  • Kingston University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Mountbatten Institute
  • National Film and Television School
  • New College of the Humanities
  • New York University in London Program
  • Newcastle University in London
  • Open University (all campuses)
  • Pearson College London
  • Point Blank Music School
  • Queen Mary University Accommodation and Students’ Union
  • Ravensbourne University
  • Regent’s University London
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Holloway
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Union
  • Unite Students
  • University College London
  • University College of Estate Management
  • University College of Osteopathy
  • University of the Arts
  • University of London Intercollegiate Halls
  • University of Law
  • Winchester University

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