If you have paid the immigration health surcharge for your current period of immigration permission, then you will qualify for free National Health Service (NHS) treatment on the same basis as anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK.
You must be pursuing a full-time course which is at least six months long to qualify. This web page has some more details: A guide to the NHS for international students in the UK
You register with the NHS by registering with a doctor (see below).
You should register with a local GP surgery (doctors) as soon as possible after arriving in the UK.
Our Register page will help you register with a local GP and with the USW Health Service.
Here are some things you should know about doctors in the UK:
We strongly recommend that you have the following vaccinations before coming to the UK:
In addition, if you are under the age of 25:
University students are at high-risk from meningitis, particularly in the first few weeks of term. This is especially true for international students, first years, and those living in halls of residence.
Meningitis symptoms can be mistaken for a cold or flu so if in any doubt always seek medical help as soon as possible.
New international students are strongly advised to contact their doctor at home and have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine at least two weeks before arriving in the uk.
Any student who hasn't had their meningitis vaccination prior to starting at USW should contact the USW Health Service as soon as possible.
The Meningitis ACWY vaccination protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by four meningococcal strains (Men W, A, C and Y). It is free to all first year students under the age of 25 who are registered with the NHS, including international students.