One of the most important goals of the Homerton MCR is to support the welfare of all graduate and PGCE students. Feel free to browse this section if you want to find out about a particular issue. We also have a Welfare Phoneline if you need to talk to someone (details below) about any matters of concern, or if you need any advice or support.
Being a student at Cambridge, or any university, can be a stressful experience, and if that involves coming to England for the first time it can be somewhat disorientating. Separately, you can of course find yourself having to deal with upsetting, traumatic or difficult situations during your time here and you might need some support.
Second, we have a page on counselling services. The University and other organisations can provide support for you if you’re experiencing a tough time.
Third, we have a page with some information for international students. Given the heavier skew of graduate students towards the international community, we want to make sure that any graduate student coming to England for the first time has as simple a time settling in as they can.
Fourth, we have a page for LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other sexual orientations/gender identities) students. Cambridge is an extremely friendly city for LGBT+ students, but we want to make sure that all students, whoever they are, are supported through their time at Homerton.
Homerton Union of Students has its own welfare officers with whom you can talk as well. To speak to them, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or hus-female @homerton.cam.ac.uk, or ring the Welfare Phoneline (07876 317 717) which is open 24/7. All welfare services are provided in the strictest confidence, so feel free to get in touch.
The Welfare Pigeonhole (in Queen’s Wing) contains condoms and pregnancy tests. While these are free to use for anyone who needs them, please do not abuse this service. (Note – on occasion the welfare supplies are located in the common room, so please just borrow the key and then take what you need).
We hope to develop these pages over time – to increase the information and improve the usefulness. If you have any suggestions or queries, do get in touch!