Student Support


Every Night of Term
Open for online listening only 8:30pm – 12:30am

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Confidential Support

All calls remain strictly confidential. Whatever you say stays between you and the volunteer taking your call.

100% Anonymous

You stay completely anonymous. We won’t know any identifying details like what you study or where you live.


Volunteers provide an open and accepting atmosphere and will not judge you or what you say.


NiteLine volunteers won’t tell you what to do or direct you towards a particular course of action. We will simply listen.

With Level 5 restrictions in place, our resources have become slightly limited, and we will be unable to take phonecalls for the time being. We will still take calls via online listening here on our webstie, and will trial opening our lines half an hour earlier than usual at 8.30pm to try to compensate closing early at 12.30am.
These changes to our service will remain until December 1st, and will be updated accordingly with the latest restrictions.
Run By Students For Students

NiteLine is for you. We are a listening, support and information service run by and for the students of DBS, MU, NCAD, RCSI, TCD & UCD and their affiliate colleges. Our volunteers go through a rigorous training and screening programme based on the Samaritans model.

We’re here if you ever feel that you would like to talk to someone who will listen, accept and understand without judging. You can talk about anything; no problem is too big or too small.

Need Support?

Click on the button below to start chatting. Lines are open every night of term from 21:00 – 02:30.

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Want to become a volunteer with NiteLine? Click on the button below to learn more.

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Learn more on how your college can become a partner with NiteLine. Click the button below.

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Help improve our service by completeing our volunteer survey.

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Volunteer Volunteer With Us

We offer a confidential, anonymous, non-judgemental and non-directive service. Volunteers will undergo a challenging, extensive, and rewarding training process.

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Our Mission

NiteLine’s mission is to support student mental health through a confidential, late-night listening and information service.


We are motivated by compassion. Our service is founded on empathy and respect for our callers and fellow volunteers.

Peer Support

As students themselves, our volunteers are in the unique position of being able to empathise with our callers. We recognize that student support comes from the inside out and pride ourselves on our support structures for our volunteers.

Student Empowerment

We empower our callers to speak openly and make their own decisions through our pillars of anonymity, confidentiality, non-judgmental listening, and non-directive support. We empower our student volunteers to support their peers and grow as leaders of our service.


We are committed to providing a professional and quality service to our callers and stakeholders alongside high quality training and support for our volunteers.


We believe our service must be freely accessible to any of our students that need us. We strive to have a welcoming volunteer base that is representative of the wider student body.

For 27 years NiteLine has offered a listening and information service run by students for students.

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Meet Our Volunteers

Below are some of our volunteers and committee members.

Latest News

This is a space for students to read some of our content, written and edited by our own student volunteers. Each entry is related to the student experience, documenting the struggles our own volunteers have faced as students, as well as their successes and even some tips for getting through student life when it all feels a bit tough. We hope that this will be a positive resource for you, and that you will be able to find some value in our anecdotes.

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Letting Go of the ‘Perfect’ College Experience – Anonymous Volunteer

I remember my first freshers week really vividly – I felt a...


How Changing My Course Was the Right Option for Me – Anonymous Volunteer

Sometimes I worry that I’m a quitter. When I was 16, I...

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Expectations of College Life a First Year Vs. Reality – Anonymous Volunteer

My first year of college was pretty terrible. Looking back, I can...

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