About Us

Nightline is a listening, emotional support and information service, run by students, for students.

The first Nightline was founded in 1970, aiming to address high levels of stress, anxiety and suicide amongst local students at Essex University. The idea quickly spread and, in 1973, Edinburgh Nightline was founded. Today there are 36 individual Nightlines in the UK and Ireland, made up of over 2000 specially trained student volunteers. Over 1.5 million higher education students now have access to a confidential, anonymous, non-judgmental, non-directional and non-advisory listening service should they ever need it.

We are proud to have won Nightline of the Year 2012, Best Volunteer Training and Support 2015, and Nightline Region of the Year (Scotland) 2016.

Today we operate both a phone line (0131 557 4444) and anĀ instant messenger service, open from 8pm till 8am every night of term. We aim to support students across Edinburgh, with cross-university backing from all five of the Edinburgh-based Higher Education Institutions (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College and Heriot-Watt University)