Some health information is particularly relevant at the start of your studies.
Register with a local doctor
Though your home doctor (General Practitioner - GP) will still be able to offer you care as a temporary patient during vacations, it is important that you register with a doctor near where you live for most of the year.
Some GP practices have their own websites that allow you to pre-register online. You will need to go to the surgery to complete registration.
Meningitis is relatively rare but can be fatal. All new students up to the age of 24 from the UK should have received the meningitis C vaccination. Any student who has not been vaccinated should contact their doctor’s surgery to request this vaccination. All non-UK students up to the age of 24 should ask their new doctor for the vaccination.
On the recommendation of the Health Protection Agency, all new students who have not already had mumps are strongly advised to ensure that they have received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine before they arrive at university to begin their programme of study.
Tetanus, polio, diphtheria, measles and rubella
We would encourage you to ask your GP if you are up to date with these immunisations and get boosters as necessary.
The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) provides advice on whether you can get free healthcare in the UK and how to find a doctor.
For information and advice on sexual health, the following services may be helpful.
Eating well and exercising are good ways to ensure you look after yourself (both physically and psychologically). Why not have a look at our Get Cooking! website for some recipe ideas and find out what's available from the sports centre to keep you active.
For some student-approved, healthy recipe ideas and budgeting tips, visit the Get Cooking website.
Keeping active has a direct bearing on both your mental and physical wellbeing. The Munrow Sports Centre is the largest supplier of health and fitness opportunities in the region.
For information or advice about drugs, the following website may be helpful.
There are a range of support services available both at the University and the Guild of Students. Visit the Support for Students website to find out more.
Self Help Guides
The University has produced a series of Self Help Guides which provide practical advice and support for a range of issues that may affect your sense of wellbeing.