Health costs

National Health Service (NHS)

The NHS generally provides free health care for most people. Anyone can receive emergency treatment, regardless of their nationality or their immigration status.

The NHS may charge for non-emergency treatment for people from abroad. Full time students whose course lasts at least 6 months can be treated for free.

There is no charge for family planning services.

NHS charges

There are charges for certain items such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye-tests. As a student, you may not have to pay charges due to low income.

Exemption from charges is not automatic for students. You have to complete an HC1 Form. If you have already paid for treatment and want to claim the money back, you can complete an HC5 Form. Both forms are available from the Student Advice Centre.

Pregnant women and women who have had a baby in the last 12 months are entitled to free:

  • NHS prescriptions - but only if you have a valid Maternity Exemption Certificate
  • NHS dental treatment - if, when you are accepted for a course of treatment, you are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months.

Maternity exemption certificates are issued by the NHS.

Other health related costs

If you have a disability may be able to claim benefits. You may also be able to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance for help with course related costs.

If you have health problems that cause a financial burden, you may qualify for help from the Access to Learning Fund. If this applies to you, please contact the Student Advice Centre for help.