Registering with a GP
It is very important that you are registered with a doctor during your time at university. If you are new to Birmingham, you will either need to register with the University’s healthcare provider or with a GP close to your term-time address. Even if you register with a Birmingham doctor, you can still visit your GP at home when you are there, as a visiting patient.
For other healthcare providers (hospitals, urgent care/walk-in centres, dentists, opticians and pharmacies) please visit www.nhs.uk and search for a service in your local area by typing in your postcode.
International students who come to the UK to study for more than 6 months period are able to access national health services. The dependents of students are also entitled to access national health services. They can also register with a doctor as above.
For detailed information on how to keep healthy and access various treatments under the NHS, please see the UKCISA website.
Help with Health Costs and NHS Prescription Charges
You could be eligible for financial help with cost of your dental treatment, optical treatment and prescription charges. This helps will depend on your financial circumstance and when you receiving treatment through NHS. For information on help with health costs and prescription charges, please see the NHS website.
For many, student days mean parties and alcohol and it can be easy to get caught up in the alcohol drinking culture, but drinking beyond the recommended levels can have consequences for your academic success, health, safety and life. If you are drinking alcohol try to drink sensibly so you stay healthy and don’t risk wasting your potential.
The NHS and Drinkaware have lots of useful information about alcohol and how to monitor your intake.
For useful tips on how to survive a student social life when it involves alcohol take a look at the Drinkaware Freshers Survival Guide.
If you are worried about how much alcohol you are consuming the NHS has some useful guidance