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London Nightline is a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London. You can talk to us about anything – big or small – in complete confidence. We won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: we’ll simply listen to whatever is on your mind.
All our volunteers are students themselves, who have undergone extensive training and who understand that university life in London isn’t always plain sailing.
How can I contact you?
We aim to be accessible, so you can contact us in a way that suits you best. Our phones are still the most popular mode of contact, but increasingly instant messaging, Skype, and email are being used as ways to contact us.
We are open from 6pm to 8am every night of term.
When are you open?
We are open during the night from 6pm to 8am every night of term (including weekends).
We currently support students at over 50 universities and accommodation providers. Term dates vary from university to university, but we try to cover as much of the year as possible with our terms. We close the lines outside of term-time because it’s tricky to get student volunteers to operate them during that time. Below are the specific dates that we’re open this year (we’ve added 6 weeks of opening time to cover more of the year!)
Term Dates for 2023-24
Term 1: 25th September – 16th December
Term 2: 8th January – 23rd March
Term 3: 22nd April – 8th June
When you’re closed, who can I contact?
Our student-run hotline is open at night, because our aim is to be available when most other services are closed. During the day, university counselling services and other less formal support works can be easier to reach. That said, it can still be nice to talk to someone anonymously in confidence during the day.
Here are two helplines that are open 24/7:
for information and access to other youth support services
A Webchat Service is offered at some points of the day, depending on which one you would like to use.
Website: www.themix.org.uk for support forums and more
for a directory of services (NHS and helplines) for London students