Before you arrive

Find out what you should do before you join us so you don't have to worry about healthcare when you arrive.

Checklist - for everyone

  • Arrange to get yourself immunised against measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis W before you leave.
  • Visit your dentist and / or optician before leaving home - dental and eye care can be expensive in the UK.
  • Consider health insurance so you are covered for medical costs before you register as a student at University.
  • Bring details in English of any past physical or mental illness requiring medical treatment.
  • Bring a full record of past immunisations, in English.
  • If you are an EEA national, bring your European Health Card.

Checklist - if you have a pre-existing medical condition

  • Read the checklist for everyone
  • Bring a summary of your medical records with you, including diagnosis and treatment details ideally translated into English.
  • If have a serious illness or you are currently undergoing treatment or investigation, bring a Doctor's letter in English, summarising your medical history. 

Checklist - if you are on regular medication

  • Read the checklist for everyone
  • Read the checklist if you have a pre-existing medical condition
  • Be aware that you may not be able to get your medicine in the UK, if this is the case bring enough medicine for the duration of your stay.
  • Bring enough medication to last you for at least two months, to cover you until you are able to see a Doctor. 
  • If you bring medicine with you, you must bring a letter of explanation from your doctor. 

Health care in the UK

Find out more about health care in the UK, how to access healthcare, what to expect and who is eligible. 

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