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10 Ways The Advice Place Can Help You

The Advice Place is home to Edinburgh University Students' Association's professional advice team offering student’s free, impartial and confidential information on everything and anything that student members need to know. Find out the top 10 ways that the Advice Place can help you!

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A free lease checking service!

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Finding a flat can often be an overwhelming experience. But there's no need to panic - there are lots of tips on looking for a place to live that can make the process relatively pain-free! You can read the full guide to searching for accommodation here.

For many students, it may be the first time you’re having to sign a tenancy agreement. If you are unsure about any part of the process, do go and visit the Advice Place! They run a free lease checking service, so if you bring in a copy of your lease before you've signed it, they will help you decipher the legal jargon and point out any strange or unfair clauses that might be in there.

Provide peer proofreading

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The Advice Place have a Peer Proofreading Scheme, in which you can submit your work here. Do check your eligibility and other useful links here too!

Provide you support for harassment and complaints

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Harassment is any behaviour that is humiliating, intimidating or hostile and may include actions like derogatory name calling, belittling remarks, insults, threats, unwanted personal attention or physical assaults. Harassment can take place online (via email and social media) as well as by face-to-face contact and telephone calls. Harassment and bullying are taken very seriously by the University and there are policies in place to deal with incidences of this nature. Read this guide to dealing with harassment here.

If you feel you have been harassed but you are not ready to talk about it, you can anonymously report your experience here.

Give advice on plagiarism and misconduct

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Being suspected of plagiarism or cheating can be an intimidating experience for anyone, but the Advice Place are there to provide help and guidance throughout what can be a stressful process. Find out more here!

Sign up for a C-Card

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The C-Card is a free contraception scheme offered by NHS Lothian!

A C:Card is a plastic card that allows you to access free condoms and other safer sex products offered on the C-Card range, such as lube, female condoms, dental dams, latex-free condoms, etc.

If you want to sign up to the scheme then you can go along to the offices at Potterrow or King’s Buildings. The scheme is completely confidential so they won’t ask for your name. Find out more information here.

Problems with your flat

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The Advice Place can offer advice and guidance on a range of issues that might come up during your tenancy, including repair issues, infestations, communicating with your letting agent, your rights, deposits and deductions, and much more besides.

Mental Health Support

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If you've been struggling with your mental health, you are not alone - there is always someone at the Advice Place here to help you access support. Whether it be with a friend or a professional, opening up to someone about how you're feeling is an important part of learning how to live a happy, healthy life. There are many sources of help available to you, while at university.

A good first step to take would be to register with a GP and make an appointment. The Student Counselling Service also provides a free and confidential service for all University of Edinburgh students and The Chaplaincy centre is also an excellent resource to turn to for people of all faiths and none. All staff are trained to offer sensitive, impartial support in all situations, or if you just need a quiet, calm space to get away from things for a while. If you’re worried that this will affect your ability to do as well as you can in your studies, the Advice Place can talk you through a range of options that can ensure you are not academically disadvantaged.

Support for dealing with debt

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If you find that unpaid bills and debts are mounting up, the important thing is not the panic! There is always action that you can take. The welfare advisors at the Advice Place can offer you personalised information and support for dealing with your debt.

Safety and crime

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The Advice Place offers free support and information on matters of safety and crime. As a remote reporting you can contact and report criminal behaviour or hate crime to the police from their offices, and your close relationship means the officers are well informed on any scams, potential threats or safety problems that you ought to be aware of.


There’s no need to suffer in silence with any sort of problem or challenge while at university. If your questions are still not answered after reading this article, please come and meet an Advice Place team member in person at Potterrow or King’s Buildings House or ask a question here and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you have used The Advice Place in the past, please complete our short feedback survey. Doing so will help to improve the services and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

To keep up to date with all the services the Advice Place have to offer, check out their Facebook and Twitter social media.

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