With one of the best healthcare systems in the world, globally respected policing and low crime rates, studying in the UK is exceptionally safe and secure.
Our NHS (National Health Service) is one of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems, offering safe and modern treatment. Each of our educational institutions offers excellent and comprehensive support to students around issues of wellbeing and mental health.
The NHS is available to all international students. As part of your student visa application, applicants are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge costs £470 per year for a student, and it gives students access to NHS services without further charge (subject to a few exceptions, such as prescription charges in England). Find out more about paying for UK healthcare.
Remember to follow local guidance for the part of the UK you live in, or are planning on studying in. Please note the public health advice and requirements for Covid-19 may differ between the UK’s four nations. Find out more below:
- NHS England and Covid-19 overview and advice in England
- NHS Scotland and Covid-19 overview and advice in Scotland
- NHS Wales and Covid-19 overview and advice in Wales
- HSCNI (Health and Social Care Northern Ireland) and Northern Ireland Covid-19 overview and advice
It is recommended you wear a face covering in indoor and crowded spaces in the UK such as on public transport and in shops.
The rules may differ depending on the part of the UK you are studying in, so check the latest guidance on face coverings for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The Covid-19 vaccine is available to international students in the UK. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Find out more on the NHS website.