According to an YGAM survey, in 2022 71% of students gambled in some way that year, and 47% of those students had gambled to make money. A quarter of students said they knew someone whose university experience had been adversely affected by gambling. All this means that students can face incredible difficulties with gambling.

Gamblers Anonymous have produced 20 questions to help you work out how healthy your relationship is with gambling. Signs to watch out for if you are concerned about gambling include:

  • Are you losing time and energy to gamble that you could be using on other things?
  • Is it making you unhappy, remorseful, or causing problems with your relationships?
  • Do you gamble to try and solve money problems?
  • Does gambling cause money problems for you?
  • Are you able to stop?

If you, or someone you know, suffers from a gambling addiction, you may be experiencing money difficulties, strained relationships, and emotional difficulties

Where can I get support?

As well as the University’s student wellbeing service, there are a number of organisations that specialise in helping people with a gambling problem.

What tools can help me quit?

If you are having problems with gambling you can take control of this by choosing to self-exclude from gambling websites and companies. GamStop offers a system for blocking yourself from online gambling tools.

You can self-exclude from bookmakers in your area using the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme. You can do this by calling 0800 294 2060

What financial support is available?

The University offers a Success For All Fund to help students who experience unexpected financial challenges affecting your ability to study. This fund is assessed on your income rather than your parents and can be helpful is you are experiencing unexpected debts or expenditures. If you would like help with your application you can fill in our enquiry form here.

If you have experienced issues with illegal money lenders you can report loan sharks and get help from Stop Loan Sharks