Health checklist for UK students

Starting university can be a busy time so it's easy to overlook your health. However thinking about staying healthy now will ensure you make the most of your university experience and help you avoid problems later on.

1. Get your Men ACWY vaccine

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 - your GP may already have contacted you.

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.

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.”

2. Check what other vaccinations you might need

We recommend that you check you are up to date with a number of vaccinations before you arrive at the University. These are tetanus, polio, diptheria, measles, mumps and rubella. Visit NHS vaccinations for more information.

If you need any specific vaccinations for your course, your School will let you know directly. You should contact your School or Department if you have any questions or concerns.

3. Register with a GP

It is important to register with a GP (general practitioner - doctor) near to where you live for most of the time, usually your term-time address. You should do this as soon as possible, rather than waiting until you feel unwell.

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.

Please disclose your disability as soon as possible, even if you do not currently require any of our services. This will ensure we can help you as quickly as possible if you need any support in the future, and we may be able to offer alternative examination arrangements, such as the use of a computer or additional rest breaks.

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