Advice and treatment

General health advice


Meningitis and MMR

If you are 24 years old or younger and starting university for the first time it is strongly recommended that you have the Men ACWY vaccine. Meningitis is a serious infection which can kill.

Mumps has also become a problem in some UK universities. We are recommending that all students who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine visit the Health Centre or their GP as soon as possible to have the vaccine. There is no upper age limit for having the vaccine. There will be no charge for being immunised.

To receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccination, you can receive the vaccination from your GP or they can redirect you to where you can receive this.


The Anaphylaxis Campaign have identified that 16-24 year olds are a high risk group when it comes to managing their allergies, and this includes university students.

Download their booklet Preparing for and Managing your Allergies at University – A Guide for University Students

Their top tips for starting university:

  • Remember to carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with you at all times
  • Let the people you are with know where to find your adrenaline and how to use it
  • Register with your local GP or university health centre after moving in
  • Check regularly, through the viewing window on your adrenaline auto-injectors, that the solution is clear and colourless
  • Sign up for the expiry alert service for your brand of auto-injector.

Sexual health

Contraception advice

This service is available to both men and women for confidential advice on all methods of contraception. Free condoms are available for all students during drop-in sessions or from reception.

More info – All East Sexual Health

Emergency contraception

The ‘morning after pill’ can be issued by the Nurse Advisor and is effective if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. You can get this free at your GP or family planning clinic.

A coil (IUCD) can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex but this requires referral to a family planning clinic.

Pregnancy tests

Please contact your GP or your local pharmacy for advice.

More information via NHS

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) self-test kits

Concerned about HIV, Chlamydia or other STIs? The Student Health Service is no longer giving out STI self-test kits. However, you can order a free STI test at home kit or book an appointment at a clinic through the All East NHS service.

Stop smoking

NHS Smoking Helpline - 0800 169 0169.

Travel health

You can check which vaccinations you need for your specific travel destination online.


Students with a disability or significant medical problem are encouraged to register with the Disability Service.

The Disability Coordinators within City's Disability Service is able to offer advice and guidance on all aspects of disability. It is important that you register with the service if you have been diagnosed with a long term health condition.

Student Counselling & Mental Health Team

Also located in Level 1 of Drysdale Building, this is a free, confidential service for students who want to talk to a counselling professional.

Find out more about the Counselling Service and Mental Health Support.