Health Costs

During your time at the University there may come a time where they need to visit a doctor, opticians or dentist, which can lead to certain costs. Please view the following regarding charges or discounts you can receive while being a student:

General Health Advice
The University has a Health Service that provides free health advice to all students enrolled at the University of South Wales.
The Health Team have strong links with local practices, where they help students register with a doctor while they are at university and living in the local area.

Prescriptions at present are free to all residents in Wales including students, as long as you are registered with a doctor in Wales. For students who attend a practice in England there will be a charge for prescriptions, but support can be found through the NHS Low Income Scheme. Students from Scotland at present do not pay for prescriptions.


Seeing a Dentist in the UK is NOT free unless you are under the age of 19. You need to register with a local Dentist Practice in order to be seen under the NHS. Seeing a NHS Dentist will cost you much less that a private one.

Check the NHS website for local dentists in your area that are accepting new NHS patients to their practice .

IF you are not registered with a dentist and you have an Urgent problem contact the emergency dental helpline
The NHS emergency dental Helpline numbers are :

Pontypridd is 01443 680166, weekends and bank holidays 0300 123 5060

Cardiff 02920 190175 , weekends and bank holidays 02920 444 500

Newport 01633 488389 weekends and bank holidays 0845 602 0252

You can see any Dentist much quicker as a private patient but the costs will be much higher than on the NHS

Seeing an Optician in the UK is “NOT* free if you are over 19 yrs old
You do not need to be registered with an Optician, Sight tests can be booked through any high street Optician or some Supermarkets have Opticians also and tend to be slightly cheaper.

Emergencies – If your problem is more urgent than just a sight problem Contact any high street optician in your local area and ask for an appointment with the Welsh Eye care service, this appointment will be FREE . You can also visit your local pharmacy for advice.