Support Services at the Royal College of Surgeons

There are several support services available in RCSI which offer you support, advice and guidance to help you face any challenges you may encounter during your time as a student.

The Student Welfare Office is an open, caring and confidential service which provides support to all RCSI students.

The Student Welfare Officers can guide students with up to date information on all RCSI policies and procedures and, where necessary, act as an advocate on a student’s behalf.

Some of the main areas where students receive support include:

Personal/non-academic Issues

  • Short / long term illness
  • Issues with family/classmates
  • Anxiety/stress management
  • Depression/low mood/acute mental health issues

Academic issues/study skills

  • Academically weak
  • Repeating/failed exams
  • Guidance in preparing for OSCEs/clinical examination/anatomy practicals


  • Beaumont: The Student Welfare Office is located in the RCSI Student Centre, just next to the student common area with the couches and football table.
  • St Stephen’s Green: The Student Welfare Office is located next to the College Hall and Sir Thomas Myles Room on the first floor.

The RCSI Students’ Union aims to maintain and promote the education, social and general welfare of all students. All RCSI students are automatically full members of the SU, with voting rights in the election of Officers and Class Representatives. The SU is the College’s bridge between Faculty, Administration and the student body. They aim to ensure that student voices are heard on a variety of topics. The SU works closely with Faculty Centre, Administration and the Student Services Office.


RCSI Students’ Union
T: +353 1 402 2190

The Student Services Office is responsible for all ‘out of classroom’ or non-academic supports. The office has an open door policy, which is part of its ‘one-stop information shop’ aimed at providing answers and solutions to student queries and issues. If we can’t help you directly ourselves, we are sure to know someone who can.

Other services include:

  • Accommodation
  • Access & Disability
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clubs & Societies
  • Counselling
  • Hardship and Student Assistance Fund
  • Immigration, Garda (Police) National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), Visas
  • Induction & Orientation
  • Student Events
  • Student Publications


Contact Details are as follows:

RCSI Student Services Office
123 St Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2, Ireland

T: +353 1 402 2294
F: +353 1 402 2461

A professional counselling service is available to all RCSI students. To maintain student confidentiality, this service is managed by an independent private practice.

Counsellors, like the general practitioners at the Mercer’s Medical Centre, provide an independent professional service. Initial assessment is undertaken by clinical psychologists at the Clinical Psychology Service. Referral follows according to specific needs.

Students may contact the Clinical Psychology Service directly (T: 01 283 9366), or via Mercer’s Medical Centre, Personal Tutors, Vice Dean for StudentsChaplaincy Team, or the Student Services Office. (Please note that you will be asked to provide proof of registration if you contact the service directly, e.g. student ID number and/or Student Card).

In addition to religious services open to all denominations, the College Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Team addresses the wider needs of students and offers assistance in times of need.

The College has a Prayer Room and a multi-denominational Oratory. Prayer rooms are also available in Beaumont and Connolly, RCSI’s two main teaching hospitals. 

To contact the Chaplaincy Team:
T: +353 1 402 2383
F: +353 1 402 2461

For support, services and facilities for students with disabilities.

The aim of the RCSI Disability Support Service (DSS) is to provide disability-related support(s) that will enable a student with a disability to participate and succeed in all aspects of college life. Whether you need information, advice or practical assistance, the Disability Officer is your first point of contact.

The Disability Support Service provides supports to students with a wide range of disabilities, including:

• Specific Learning Disability e.g. Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia
• Visual Impairments
• Speech Impairments
• Hearing Impairments
• Mental Health Difficulties e.g. Depression
• Mobility or Physical Impairments
• Unseen Disabilities e.g. Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy, etc.
• Long Term Medical Conditions e.g. Heart Conditions, Aids, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer 

For further information, please contact the Disability Officer:

T: (01) 402 2106

Niteline is a confidential listening and information service, run by students, for students. It provides a friendly and completely confidential listening ear for anyone who feels they need to talk about issues worrying them. The service runs from Monday through Sunday, 9pm – 2.30am during term time.

Student Welfare Officer


Student Counselling Service

Phone: 01 283 9366