Health and wellbeing 

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.


New students are considered to be particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia. You are strongly encouraged to speak to your GP about having the Men ACWY vaccine a few weeks before the start of term, or as soon as possible - your GP may already have contacted you about this. International students and those not offered the vaccine by their GP should request it when registering with a GP, which you should do as soon as you arrive at University.

  • Make sure you know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia so that you know what to look out for, for yourself and your friends.
  • More information is available from the NHS about the Men ACWY vaccine.
Ellie Keiller

Ellie Keiller

President of the Guild of Students

“Coming to university is one of the most fun and exciting times of your life but there are some really important things to do before and when you arrive. Registering with a GP and getting your Men ACWY (meningitis) vaccination is one of those important things.”

Zika virus

For information on the Zika virus, please see our Intranet site with helpful links provided by University Medical Officer, Dr. Vijay Raichura. 

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.

International students

The International Students Advisory Service (ISAS) provides advice on whether you can get free healthcare in the UK and how to find a doctor.

Sexual Health

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 University sports centre to keep you active.

Get Cooking!

For some student-approved, healthy recipe ideas and budgeting tips, visit the Get Cooking website.

Keeping active

Keeping active has a direct bearing on both your mental and physical wellbeing. The University 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.

Support Services

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 the range of support available in an issues-based format. 

Self Help Guides

The University has produced a series of Self Help Guides in collaboration with the NHS, which provide practical advice and support for a range of issues that may affect your sense of wellbeing.


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