The BBC asked universities across the country for the numbers of students seeking some form of support.
The National Union of Students said young people were under increasing pressure to perform.
In August, a pre-inquest hearing into the death of a vulnerable student at Bristol University heard she did not receive well-being support. Natasha Abrahart, 20, is one of 11 students at the university to die since October 2016.
The university later issued a statement, saying it had made offers of support towards Ms Abrahart.
Christian Frank, from the University of Birmingham, said: "Universities are just accepted by students to be a hotbed for stress and anxiety. The drinking culture at university allowed me to hide away, numbing my pain and normalizing being exhausted in the day and hyperactive at night.
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