Health and wellbeing
We want you to make the most of your time at Bristol, and there are a range of health, wellbeing and support services to support all aspects of your university life.
Global Opportunities team
While you are studying at Bristol, the Global Opportunities team are your first point of contact and will act as your study abroad advisors. We are here to support you with any concerns you have, academic or personal. We have an open-door policy during office hours. You can drop in at any time without making an appointment.
Students' Health Service
The University of Bristol has a full NHS (National Health Service) doctor’s practice on campus, called the Students' Health Service. We strongly encourage all Study Abroad and Erasmus+ students to register with the Students’ Health Service when you arrive in Bristol.
All students will have access to an initial appointment with the Students’ Health Service, but only students who have a Tier 4 visa will have access to free medical care under the NHS. Students on a Short-term study visa are not covered by the NHS and will be required to have private medical cover. You can find more information about the UK healthcare system here.
If you have EU/EEA nationality, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your country of residence. This card allows EU/EEA nationals to get the same free medical treatment available to UK residents. Please note that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance - it does not cover private healthcare or other costs such as flights or stolen property. For more information, see this link.
Mental health and wellbeing
There is a range of services available to support your mental health and wellbeing, through both the Students’ Health Service and the Student Counselling Service. Our Student Counselling Service provides a safe place for you to talk through any problems. They have experience in helping students deal with cultural adjustment.
If you are currently accessing regular support surrounding mental health at your home university, we strongly recommend researching support within Bristol before you arrive. You can find some resources to help you here.
Disability Services offer advice and support for students with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. Contact the Global Opportunities team early in the application process so we can advise you on what support is available to you and how to access it. Find out more about Disability Services.