When you become a student at Hartpury, you become part of something bigger, part of a community. The ‘pury family’, as we know it, is a very special one indeed.

That aspect of our student experience was recognised by Ofsted in 2016 when they rated our pastoral care and support for residential students – most of whom are living away from home for the first time - as outstanding.

At Hartpury, there’s a network of support staff to ensure that you make a smooth transition from school to college life.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor as soon as you arrive, who is there to provide you with all the support you need to reach your academic goals.

If you need a friendly ear, our Student Services and Wellbeing Teams can help with guidance and advice on everything from finance and accommodation to health and wellbeing.

The Student Zone

Our Student Zone is a one-stop shop where students can find all the support they need in one place. Set around a central courtyard, students can access:

  • Wellbeing services
  • Student finance
  • Accommodation
  • Student services
  • The Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre
  • The International team and Admissions
  • Transport
  • IT support
  • The Safeguarding team

Keeping you safe and well

Emotional problems and stress can affect your studies and finding the courage to ask for help can be hard.

If students are feeling confused, anxious, hurt, angry, depressed or homesick, they are able to speak to a counsellor at Hartpury to help them explore and pursue their goals in a caring, supportive and confidential environment where they feel valued and respected.

The Counselling team offer a drop in service at 12.30pm and 4.30pm every day.

Hartpury also has a wellbeing officer who can offer a secure, safe, private environment for you to share your concerns.

Students and staff are actively encouraged and supported to let the safeguarding team know about any concerns they might have about young people on campus. Hartpury University and Hartpury College also has a designated child protection officer.

The multi-faith chaplaincy team will help with spiritual and faith issues and also offer a listening ear when students need someone to talk to. They also offer space for quiet reflection or prayer and can also information about faith communities in the local area.

Staying healthy

If students need medical advice, they can book an appointment with the nurse through Student Services.

The sexual health nurse is also available on Thursdays and will provide advice, treatment and referrals. The clinic is based in the Medical Centre in the Student Zone.


Every year, the college, with the support of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership and Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning, hosts a ‘WellFest’ event - a day dedicated to helping students to keep their minds and bodies well.

Recognising the increase in mental ill health among young people, Wellfest puts the focus on keeping students healthy and happy and sees around 3000 students take part in activities and educational workshops.

Hartpury already runs workshops on anti-bullying, drugs and alcohol awareness, radicalisation awareness, sexual and mental health, sexual exploitation and much more. By inviting in other organisations for Wellfest, our students can access all the information and advice they need in one and know where they can turn to for help.