Healthcare in the UK

We know that your health and wellbeing is an important consideration ahead of starting university.

You’ll be fully briefed on health and safety as part of your Welcome and induction activities. In the meantime, familiarise yourself with the UK's healthcare system, how to access local healthcare services when you arrive in Manchester and what vaccinations you should have.

Register with a GP

We encourage all our students to register with a GP (local doctor) – this is the best way to access non-emergency medical care. You can register with the University GP Service before you arrive in Manchester, or with another local practice if you know your term-time address. Find out how to register with a GP.


MMR and meningitis: We strongly recommend you're vaccinated against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis ACWY before you come to the UK. If you're unable to access these vaccines in your home country, you can get them from your GP (local doctor) once you’ve arrived. 

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

COVID-19: We strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccine before travelling to the UK.

Emergency medical care

You can access urgent or emergency care from the NHS online, via the phone or by going to an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. We suggest you familiarise yourself with the different ways to get medical help before you arrive on campus. Find out more about how to get urgent and emergency care.

Do I have to pay for medical care?

If you are studying in the UK for longer than six months and you require a visa, during the application process you must pay a mandatory 'immigration health surcharge'. This allows you to access the National Health Service (NHS) – you will not be charged any additional fees when you seek medical care, except for some dental services. 

There are some cases where people do not have to pay this surcharge, including anyone applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.