Health and sport
Students' Health Service
- The University's Students' Health Service is provided by the National Health Service (NHS). Read Students' Health Service information for International Students.
- Register with the University’s Students' Health Service before you arrive (you will need your University of Bristol student number, which is in your offer email).
- Bring your up-to-date immunisation card to Bristol.
- You can have the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccination and the Meningitis C vaccination while you are studying here.
Health and healthcare
Read UKCISA health and healthcare full information including how the UK medical system works and getting medical treatment.
Charges for using the UK's National Health Service (NHS)
- Some treatment provided by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is free for everyone. Find out from UKCISA how the UK medical system works, and treatment that is free for everyone.
- Doctors (called General Practitioners (GPs) in the UK) may give urgent treatment that cannot be delayed until you return home.
EEA nationals: European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- If you are a resident from European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, the EHIC gives you access to the NHS at a reduced cost or for free.
- It does not guarantee total health care cover.
- Get your EHIC before you travel to the UK.
Non-EEA nationals: Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
- If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), your visa application may include the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This is a fee you may need to pay to use the NHS.
- You can check if you need to pay the IHS towards your healthcare in the UK.
- If you are in the UK for less than 6 months, you are not entitled to use the NHS for free. You will have to pay for treatment as a private patient. We advise you get private medical insurance to cover costs before you travel to the UK.
- If you are in the UK for more than 6 months, you will need to pay the IHS fee to be entitled to use the NHS. If you need to pay, the IHS will be part of your visa application.
Sport and exercise
While you are studying you might want to use the University's sports facilities. Find out about membership.
Private medical treatment is expensive we advise you get private medical insurance to cover costs before you travel to the UK. Find out more from UKCISA about insurance.
Bristol Students' Union clubs and societies
Find out about sports clubs and societies organised by Bristol Students' Union.
Advice for international students living in Bristol, including Council Tax, working, money, driving in the UK, extracurricular activities and more.