Student life

Student Groups

LGBT+ student and trainee group

Our LGBT+ society exists to provide a safe environment for our LGBT+ students and their friends to meet and discuss matters on behalf of the LGBT+ student community and promote awareness of LGBT+ issues. Please take a look at the webpage: LGBT+ student and trainee group and see the welcome week calendar of events for the group’s welcome meetings.

BAME student and trainee group

The BAME student and trainee group offers an opportunity for students to meet and support each other and to share experiences as students who are concerned with and interested in issues relating to culture, race and ethnicity in a predominantly white organisation. Please take a look at the webpage: BAME student and trainee group and see the welcome week calendar of events for the group's welcome meetings.

Film society: The Projections Society

The Projections Society is a film club run by our trainees, for the benefit of both students and staff of the Tavistock and Portman. They have termly screenings of exciting cinema which aims to stimulate learning by enlightening the established links between psychotherapy and the cinematic form. Please take a look at the webpage: The projections society: a film club and see the welcome week calendar of events for the first screening of the year.

Trust community of learning – enhanced learning

The Trust has a thriving academic community, where colleagues come together to share ideas and address all kinds of current issues. We hold regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes, Thinking Space events and forums allied to contemporary issues and debate in the mental health and social care fields. Please look out for the dates and times of these events on Moodle and email.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

The Trust offers a broad spectrum of short courses and events that deliver high quality CPD, ranging from one day, to ten weeks, to a year. Head to the Tavistock and Portman website and search for CPD for more information on all our courses.

Development of psychoanalytic theory: Lecture series

This lunchtime lecture series is open to all students taking any of the courses in the Trust at no extra cost. It starts with a general introduction to psychoanalysis situating it both historically and conceptually and then systematically works its way through Freud's key papers (over about a term and a half) and then looks at the work of Anna Freud, Winnicott, Klein, Rosenfeld, Segal, Bion and Joseph. The series runs on Wednesday lunchtimes from 11.45am-1pm.

For further details, please see the course page:

Thinking space

Thinking space is a series of regular meetings, facilitated by clinical staff experienced in working with diverse and disadvantaged communities. Facilitators seek to create a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental environment to enable local people to talk about their experiences and think about how best to address individual or community issues.

Thinking Space encourages participants to reflect on their own and other people’s experience to generate ideas about how to address difficulties. This helps them to make changes and build the strength and resilience needed to confront adversity. Our approach is unique because it combines individual wellbeing and community development. This helps to strengthen interpersonal relationships and also build neighbourliness and community support networks. You can go to the Tavistock and Portman website and search for Thinking Space for more details.

Student Facilities


Our fifth floor cafe provides fresh, homemade food every day at very reasonable prices. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are available throughout the day as well as fresh ground coffee, a variety of teas, and a full range of still and sparkling soft drinks.

Seminar rooms

Much of your teaching will take place in the seminar rooms on the ground floor of the Trust. They are numbered 1-11.


Some clinical teaching is carried out in studios A-E at the far end of the DET corridor on the 2nd floor.

Lecture theatre

The Trust’s largest teaching space is the lecture theatre on the fifth floor.

Small teaching space and tutors rooms

There are teaching spaces in offices on all floors of the Trust and if you are given a room number, it will be on the number floor that the room number begins – i.e. room 261, Academic Hub, is on the 2nd floor.

All gender toilets

You will find these toilets located on the ground floor at the start of the library corridor and on the third floor.

Common room

The student common room is located at the back of the café on the fifth floor.

There is also a noticeboard in the corridor leading to the common room for students. In the common room, you will also find lockers for bags.

Multi-faith prayer room

You will find the multi-faith prayer room located on the ground floor in the corridor leading into the garden wing.

First aid

If you need first aid assistance please go to the medical room at the start of the library corridor  on the ground floor which is next to seminar room 4.

Vending machines

There are vending machines throughout the building where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Local life

The Trust is situated on Belsize Lane and Fitzjohn’s Avenue in Hampstead, Camden. It is close to Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage and Belsize Park underground stations.

It is a green, leafy part of London with much to offer. Below we have listed a few places of interest but for more detailed information about London, please google Time Out.

Finchley Road

You will find a large and varied selection of shops and eateries on Finchley Road, including a Waitrose, Marks and Spencers, Boots, the O2 Shopping Centre and much more.

Belsize Village

If you turn left on exiting the building, you will find a small selection of eateries, a deli, a chemist, greengrocers and more, only a short stroll away in Belsize Village.


If you walk up Fitzjohn’s Avenue, you will find yourself in the middle of Hampstead’s main shopping street, with its large array of restaurants and shops.

Arts and culture

Camden Arts Centre:

The Freud Museum:

Hampstead Theatre:

The Roundhouse:

Hampstead Arts Festival:

Kenwood House:


Finchley Road O2 Centre – Shopping, Food, Cinema:

Odeon Cinema Swiss Cottage:

Everyman Cinema – Hampstead:

Everyman Cinema – Belsize Park:

Green spaces and parks

Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill:

Highgate Woods:

Hampstead Heath:

Markets and guides to the area

London Farmers’ Markets:

Love Camden:

Hampstead Village:

Spitalfields Market:

Primrose Hill Market:

Leisure centres

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre:

Talacre Community Sports Centre:

Kentish Town Centre:

Local libraries and online learning centres:


Local Letting Agents:

List of local bed and breakfasts in Swiss Cottage:

South Place Hotel:

The Landmark London:

The Langorf:

Dawson House:

London Marriot Hotel Regents Park:

Charlotte Guest House:

Best Western Swiss Cottage Hotel:

The Nayland Hotel:

The Pride of Paddington:

Hotel Sophia:

Support and wellbeing

The Samaritans:

Save the Student:

Bright Knowledge:

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