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Healthcare in the UK

Your health: healthcare in the UK

Will I need to take out health insurance?

If you are not entitled to National Health Service (NHS) care, we strongly recommend that you obtain medical health insurance before starting your course of study. Unfortunately private health care is expensive in the UK.

Am I entitled to NHS (National Health Service) care?

Most students undertaking a course of study at Kingston University will be entitled to medical care from the National Health Service (NHS). You are not entitled to NHS care if:

  • you are a non-European student studying in the UK for less than six months; or 
  • you come from a country that does not have reciprocal health arrangements with the UK.

If you are unsure of your entitlement, please ask the British Embassy, High Commission or British Council for advice before you arrive in the UK.

What does NHS (National Health Service) care cover?

If you are entitled to NHS care, there is no charge to see a doctor or to have medical treatment. There is a flat charge of £7.20 per item for prescription medication (there is no charge for students in full-time education aged 18 and under).

You should register with a General Medical Practitioner (GP) as soon as possible after arriving in the UK. Most medical care is provided by GPs who may refer you to a hospital for a specialist opinion.

Students living in the Kingston area can register with the University's on-site Health Centre. The University also provides counselling and complementary therapies.

Do I need any vaccinations or screenings before arriving in the UK?

We advise having a Meningiococcal Group C vaccine before you arrive in the UK. If you have not had the vaccination before you arrive, your GP will be able to arrange it for you.

Nationals from some countries now have to undergo Tuberculosis (TB) screening before applying for entry clearance/a student visa for the UK.

Students from high risk countries need screening for TB on arrival in the UK. Please register with a GP as soon as possible after arrival in the UK for this to be arranged.

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

International students
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