Students with IBD: a guide for Universities & Colleges

It is very likely that several students in your university or college will suffer from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, known collectively as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. Crohn's and Colitis affect at least one in 250 people in the UK population, and it is quite common for these illnesses to start in late teens and early adulthood.

Crohn's and Colitis can make student life more demanding, and some students with Crohn's or Colitis may need additional support and encouragement to help them achieve their full potential. This information sheet is intended to help those involved with supporting students to have a better understanding of some of the possible effects of Crohn's and Colitis. It also looks at the areas in which help may be most beneficial. 

What are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease?
What they are not...
What causes Colitis and Crohn's?
What are the symptoms?
What can be the impact of having IBD?
How can universities and colleges help?
Additional support
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
How we write our information

Last reviewed: November 2016