Many UK universities have gone above and beyond to ensure that your health and wellbeing are prioritised. Universities have already implemented a number of Covid-19 support services that current and future international students can access. Contact your institution for information on what they’re doing to support international students.
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is available to all international students. As part of the Tier 4 visa application, applicants are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge costs £300 per year for a student, giving students access to NHS services without further charge (subject to a few exceptions, such as prescription charges in England). Find out more about this here.
Individuals, and their households, should follow advice on self-isolation if they have symptoms of Covid-19. The NHS is providing specific Covid-19 advice through its online service.
Please note that public health advice may differ between the UK’s four nations. Find out more below:
View the government guidance on isolating in university and college halls of residence and student housing for advice on how you should manage isolation for individuals or groups if someone either shows symptoms of, or is confirmed to have, Covid-19.
The UK government recommends using face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering on public transport and wearing a face covering is now mandatory in shops in England and Scotland.
Across the UK, you are encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Face coverings do not replace social distancing, where this is possible.
View the government guidance on face coverings.