Your student experience

Whether you study with us for five hours or five years, we will ensure that your time spent with us is academically and socially engaging and worthwhile.

Students walking

We actively encourage you to join our various groups and societies so you can make a difference to the student voice, and enjoy your time with us.  Please see below for more details.

LGBTQ+ student and trainee group

Our LGBTQ+ society exists to provide a safe environment for our LGBTQ+ students and their friends to meet and discuss matters on behalf of the LGBTQ+ student community and promote awareness of LGBTQ+ issues. Please see our LGBTQ+ 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 see our  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 see The projections society: a film club pages for more details.

We are always keen to connect with our students at all levels of the organisation. For this reason we create as many formal and informal spaces for you to feedback your views and to hear what we’re doing to respond to your feedback.

To register your interest in any of the following, please contact Rebecca Bouckley.

Course Committees and student representatives

All courses hold at least two Course Committees per year which are chaired by the Course Lead, to listen and respond to your feedback about the course. Student representatives are invited and encouraged to attend. At the committees, the course leads review their courses, triangulating data, feedback from you and feedback from other sources, to look at how they can continually improve their courses. Student reps also receive a monthly newsletter to update them on Trust-wide developments and activities relating to them. To find out more or to become a student rep, please contact your course administrator.

Trust committees

We also invite students to become student reps on Directorate-wide committees, such as the Learning and Teaching Committee, and the Quality Committee. Both of these have a remit for enhancing the education and training experience, and your involvement can help to make a difference at a Trust level.

Dean's Student Forum

The Dean’s Student Forum is a friendly and informal space for you to come together with the Dean and senior managers to discuss your ideas and thoughts about being a student at the Tavi over a cup of tea and food. We try to arrange these to fit around your timetables as much as possible, so they are at breakfast and lunchtimes. 

 Please click on the date you would like to attend to book a place. Places are FREE but limited, and if there is low uptake the event may be cancelled.

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. Please see our CPD pages for more information on all our courses.  A 20% discount is available for all current students on the majority of our CPD courses.

Development of psychoanalytic theory: Lecture series (PC4)

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-1.15pm.

For further details, and to book your free student place, 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. Please see  Thinking Space for more details.

We are proud to offer a number of facilities for all of our students to use.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Lecture theatre

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

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.

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.

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.


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

Vending machines

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

Water dispensers

There are two water dispensers in the building; one on the ground floor by the lifts and one on the fifth floor beside the cafe.

The Trust is situated on Belsize Lane and Fitzjohn’s Avenue in Hampstead within hte vibrant borough of 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 and for more detailed information and up to date listings of events, please visit Time Out London.

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:

As a student on one of our courses, you may be eligible for a discount on national rail travel and travel within London.  You will find details about eligibility for student rail cards and TFL Oyster discounts on your induction information sheet. 

Student rail cards

For those who are eligible, please find full details on the National Rail website.  If you are a mature student, you can now apply online, but you’ll need to submit evidence of your eligibility when applying. You can do this by to uploading the signed Mature Student declaration  in the section of the 16-25 Railcard application form, a scanned copy of your student photocard, and a digital passport-style photo.

Mature students will need to provide evidence of continuing study every year, and so are only eligible to apply for the 1-year Railcard.

TFL oyster discounts

Students can save up to 30% on travel within London with an 18 + Student Oyster photocard.  Please see full details, including eligibility criteria, on the TFL website.

CORONAVIRUS CONTACT FORM - for all student enquiries please click on this link

This is the form to use with any general enquiries you may have, relating to the current situation and your studies.  We will aim to respond to an enquiry within two working days, but please be aware that our ability to respond depends on staff availability.

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