There are a few steps you should take before you arrive at University to help keep you healthy and safe. Take some time to think ahead so that you feel prepared.
1. Check whether you need to self-isolate
If you are arriving from overseas, you need to make sure you understand the rules and requirements for your arrival, depending on whether you are travelling from a red, amber, or green list country. Make sure you refer to UK Government Guidelines and find out about our support for you if you are required to quarantine or isolate.
Find out about arriving in the UK
2. Ensure your vaccinations are up-to-date
You are strongly encouraged to access Covid-19 vaccinations before you arrive at the University, whether in the UK or overseas.
If you are an international student and you need a second dose, you will be eligible to receive this in the UK. The NHS (National Health Service) are offering second vaccinations to all students, even if your first dose was not in the UK. If you have not been able to access The quickest and easiest way to access your vaccination is by register with a GP (general doctor) when you arrive - they will be able to advise on the most appropriate vaccine for you, and how you can receive it. Find out more about Covid-19 vaccination arrangements for international students (PDF).
Find out about Covid-19 vaccinations
New students are considered to be particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia (also called sepsis or blood poisoning). You are strongly encouraged to speak to your doctor about having the Men ACWY vaccine a few weeks before the start of term, or as soon as possible.
International students and those not offered the vaccine by their GP (general doctor) 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.
MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. These are highly infectious diseases which can have serious complications. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
Find out about the Men ACWY vaccine Find out about the MMR vaccine
The NHS are providing the flu vaccine (influenza) to more people this year, including those living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus.
Find out about the flu vaccine
3. Gather information about any medical conditions
If you have any ongoing health conditions, disabilities or illnesses, you might find it helpful to bring a letter from your home doctor explaining these, so that you can share it when you register with a GP. UK students should make a note of their NHS number if possible, although this is not essential.
If you take any medicines, you may want to bring copies of prescriptions or details of these medicines. Make sure you have enough medicine to last until you are able to register with a GP and access a local pharmacy.
Similarly, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you might find it helpful to have a copy of your most recent prescription/eye test in case you need replacements.
4. Disclose a disability
Telling us about any disabilities you have enables us to give you appropriate advice and support. At the University, a disability may be a long-term health condition, physical or sensory impairment, a mental health difficulty, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
We strongly encourage students to tell us about a disability as early as possible, even if you feel you don't need any support yet. Registering your disability with us early means we can support you more quickly if you do need it in the future.
Tell us about a disability
5. Test regularly for Covid-19
You should plan to take two lateral flow tests a week throughout the semester. If you are moving into University accommodation, you will receive a pack when you arrive. You can also order tests via Gov.uk and will be able to pick some up from collection points on campus.
We also ask that you and your guests take a lateral flow test before moving into accommodation. You should test again after moving in, and then begin testing twice a week following this. Commuting students should also test before coming to campus, and regularly twice a week.
6. Know what to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms
It is important that everyone acts responsibly, in line with the UK Government advice. Anyone who shows symptoms of Covid-19, no matter how mild, can receive a test; it is free, quick and easy to arrange via the NHS and is available to everyone in the UK, including international students. You should also tell the University if you receive a positive test using our dedicated reporting form.
Report a positive test to the University
Find out more about NHS Test & Trace
7. Register with a GP
You should be registered with a local General Practitioner (GP - doctor) so that you can access health care if you need it and local to your term-time address. Your GP will be able to help you access medical services, including Covid-19 vaccinations.
Find out how to register with a GP