Most students get by on a fairly low income, which means there's a number of benefits you can claim:
Students don't automatically get free NHS cover, but under the NHS Low Income Scheme you could get money off dental treatment.
The awards are means-tested, which means that they depend on your income. All students – including international and EU students – can apply.
To do so, you have to fill in a HC1 form, which you can get from the University's Health Centre, Student Life Centre, your dentist or your benefits office. Remember to include a copy of your Student Finance Notification with your application.
Full-time students are exempt from council tax while studying. If you're living in private accommodation in Kingston, Wandsworth or Merton boroughs, the University will notify the council of your student status so you do not need to do anything else. If you're living in private accommodation outside of those three boroughs, you need a council tax exemption certificate to prove that you're exempt. You can get these from the learning resources centres (LRCs) from mid-October.
If you're living in the University's halls of residence, you don't usually have to provide a council tax exemption form. You can get more information from the National Union of Students (NUS).