The Library recognises how important your wellbeing is to your ability to study successfully. We hope that you benefit from this selection of resources. Some are interactive, others are simply soothing. All we hope are enjoyable, help you to relax, and be productive.

Wellbeing workshops

The Student Wellbeing service runs regular workshops to help you manage various aspects your own wellbeing, including;

  • Managing and maintaining mental health
  • Managing exam stress
  • Managing perfectionism
  • Building resilience
  • How to improve self-esteem
  • Maintaining healthy boundaries

Alternatively you can try their self-directed Relaxation course on Blackboard. You will need to log in before enrolling on the course.

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Green Spaces

Research shows that being in green spaces can reduce anxiety, improve the immune system, and that regular contact with nature promotes better mental health.

Green Spaces to Walk to from the Arts and Social Sciences Library

To Royal Fort Gardens – 3 minutes

Berkley Square – 8 minutes

To Brandon Hill – 11 minutes

Green Spaces to Walk to from the Wills Memorial Library

Berkley Square – 3 minutes

To Royal Fort Gardens – 5 minutes

To Brandon Hill – 6 minutes

A group of 4 students sitting on grass, some have open books, one has a bike. Your health and wellbeing

Find out about the services and support available at the university to help you manage your health and wellbeing.

A reclining chair in front of two bookcases full of books, on top of one is a fern in a plant pot. The Bristol Reads sign is hung above the shelves. For the Joy of Reading!

Putting some time aside to read for pleasure can help ease stress and aid in improving mental wellbeing. We have developed our Bristol Reads sections in the Arts and Social Sciences LibraryChemistry LibraryEducation Library and Wills Memorial Library to have a wide range of genres across hundreds of books ready for you to pick up and enjoy at your leisure. Stuck for inspiration? Check out our staff recommendations on the Bristol Reads page!

A grand building upon a hill which has spring flowers growing amongst the grass.
Royal Fort Gardens is only a short walk from nearly all of our libraries and is a beautiful outdoor space ideal for a study break.

Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as by people with living with the conditions and topics covered.

Cost of Living

As financial stress continues to be a very challenging aspect of most people's lives we want you to know that with the Arts and Social Sciences Library being 24/7 and all our campus libraries being heated with WiFi always available we offer our libraries as warm, safe, accessible spaces for all our students, around the clock. 

There is a lot of support available to help with Money worries, don't struggle alone. 

Selection of book covers showing available audiobooks on the Libby app. Free audiobooks and eBooks

Students can now listen to audiobooks and read eBooks for free with the Libby App! Take a study break, sit back, and listen to a good story.

Just select Sign in via your Library card and login with your university email and password to enjoy! 

Literary and book podcasts, curated by Penguin Books

From light-hearted conversational podcasts, to live talks from world-renowned writers, these shows are the perfect audio fix for book lovers who like to delve beyond the book. 

Box of Broadcasts playlists

A selection of film and TV playlists curated by Library Services. Relax to "slow TV": no voiceover, no advert breaks, no music - just long, uninterrupted, soothing shots of ordinary events unfolding. If you feel like some escapism, why not take a virtual getaway to an exotic location with our list of travel documentaries? Alternatively, keep yourself entertained with classic literary adaptations and documentaries about famous authors, poets and playwrights. Requires a UoB login.

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