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Health

The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) is one of the world’s best healthcare systems, offering safe and modern treatment.

International students do not need private medical insurance when studying in the UK.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, it costs £470 per year to gain access to the NHS. You pay this fee during your visa application and it covers free medical treatment (including emergency or hospital care, should you need it) and reduced price dental care at an NHS dentist.

It is a good idea to register with a GP (general practitioner) , a doctor who deals with most general health problems, shortly after you arrive in the UK. Most GP surgeries offer patients a choice of whether they see a male or female do

Welfare

UK universities and colleges take student welfare seriously. If you feel stressed or have any problems, the best thing to do is to share it. You can talk to:

  •  your tutor, especially if you have concerns about your course or exams
  • the student welfare officer or, if there is one, international student officer
  • someone at your students’ union, which can provide general welfare support and often has officers who can help with women’s, disability or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues. Find out more about Students’ Unions .
Safety

The UK is one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates and a trustworthy police force. The are strict laws on gun ownership and gun crime is rare.

Many institutions have their own security services who patrol campuses. Your institution will usually provide you with information on staying safe on campus.

Health and Wellbeing

With one of the best healthcare systems in the world, globally respected policing and low crime rates, studying in the UK is exceptionally safe and secure. 

Our NHS (National Health Service) is one of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems, offering safe and modern treatment. Each of our educational institutions offers excellent and comprehensive support to students around issues of wellbeing and mental health. 

The NHS is available to all international students. As part of your student visa application, applicants are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge costs £470 per year for a student, and it gives students access to NHS services without further charge (subject to a few exceptions, such as prescription charges  in England). Find out more about this here