Health and wellbeing


Find out about healthcare services in the UK, how to access local healthcare services when you arrive in Manchester and what vaccinations you should have.

Emergency treatment is free of charge to everyone in the UK.

Treatment is available for free on the National Health Service (NHS) to all students studying in the UK for longer than six months, as well as students from EU countries and countries with reciprocal health agreements.


EEA and Switzerland

Treatment is available for free on the National Health Service (NHS) to all students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland who are studying in the UK.

You will need a valid European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your home country to access free NHS care.


Healthcare in the UK.


Non-EEA and Switzerland

If you are studying for more than six months you will be entitled to receive NHS treatment, but you need to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application.

Citizens of Australia and New Zealand are exempt from paying the immigration health surcharge.

If you are not eligible for free NHS treatment, you should take out private medical insurance.


Healthcare in the UK.


Registering with a GP

When you arrive in Manchester, you will need to register with a local General Practitioner (GP). They will usually be your first point of contact for non-emergencies.

More about how to access health care services.

We strongly recommend you are vaccinated against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis ACWY before you come to university. 

If you’re coming from abroad, it’s important to make sure you get these vaccinations before you leave. If you are unable to do so, you can get them from your GP (local doctor) once you’ve arrived.

Depending where you are from, you may also need a certificate to prove you are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB) as part of your visa application.



Starting a new course, moving to a new city or country, and making new friends can be stressful, on top of the academic and financial pressures that come with being a student.

At Manchester, we take wellbeing very seriously, and offer you the encouragement and support you need to stay happy and healthy at university.

Find out more about our six ways to wellbeing.