Healthcare in the UK

We know that your health and wellbeing is an important consideration ahead of starting university, especially in the current circumstances.

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

Healthcare in the UK

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 (expect Republic of Ireland)

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 and who arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, or who are studying on a course of less than six months duration. You'll need a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your home country to access free NHS care.

For students arriving after the 31 December 2020, your access to healthcare depends on whether your courses lasts for less than six months or more than six months. If you course lasts for less than six months, you will need private  medical insurance for the duration of your visit to the UK.

If your course is longer than 6 months, you will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your Student Visa application which gives you full use of the National Health Service.

International students (Non EU/EEA students)

If you're 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 Student Visa application.

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

If you are studying on a course of less than, you should take out private medical insurance.

Registering with a GP

While studying with us, if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away then it’s best to make an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP). All students should register with a GP so that if you ever need one, you can access the service.

You should, if you can, register with a GP before you arrive in Manchester.



We strongly recommend you're 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're unable to do so, you can get them from your GP (local doctor) once you’ve arrived.

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.