Many students with eating disorders have trouble getting treatment while at university, a charity has warned.
Young sufferers who do not have access to help or support are at risk of dropping out, or taking a break from their studies, which can have an impact on their future, according to Beat.
A survey conducted by the charity of just over 200 people who had suffered from an eating disorder and had gone to university found that almost a third (32%) were diagnosed after moving away to study.
Nearly seven in 10 (69%) said they had faced difficulties accessing treatment while at university.
Just under one in five (18%) said that had dropped out of their studies because of their eating disorder, while nearly two fifths (39%) said they had taken a break.
The poll also found that more than half (52%) of those surveyed said that they did not think their university was taking action to prevent eating disorders, or to support those suffering from one.
Nine in 10 (91%) backed a campaign aimed at students in September as they return to or start university, to raise awareness about eating disorders.
Beat said it is contacting universities and engaging with students to raise awareness and understanding about the issue.
A spokesman said: "As the survey shows, if support and care for eating disorder sufferers is not provided, it can lead to significant issues such as dropping out or taking a break which has a financial, emotional and educational impact on a young person's future.
"Young lives are being disrupted at crucial stages in their development with loss of education, hindering career prospects and premature death."