Warning: This page is due for revision and some of the information may be out-of-date, particularly information affected by the UK's exit from the European Union.
To access health care in the UK, you need to register with a GP when you arrive. Your institution may provide information about how and where to do this locally.
Arriving in a new country is a very busy time for international students and there are a lot of changes to go through. In this type of situation, with all its stresses, you can find yourself paying less attention than usual to your health.
Existing health problems can also be made worse by the effects of adjusting to unfamiliar food, a different climate and the emotional strains of being away from home. It can be easy to concentrate on your studies and forget about taking care of yourself.
This section aims to give advice on looking after yourself, as well as practical information on how to obtain medical treatment. It also explains international students’ entitlement to free medical treatment under the UK state health system. It describes the different options such as Accident & Emergency, visiting your GP and hospital appointments.
The accident and emergency department in hospitals is for emergencies only, if you are unsure you should call NHS 111 first or visit your pharmacy, they will be able to advise you. If you are in Northern Ireland then you should only use the NHS 111 number if your call is about coronavirus, if it is not then call Northern Ireland's out of hours service.