The UK higher education sector has gone above and beyond to ensure that your physical and mental health and wellbeing are prioritised. Many 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 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 prescription charges in England). Find out more about this here.
The UK government has set out new guidance on face coverings in England. It advises people, if they can, to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops. Face coverings do not replace social distancing, where this is possible. Individuals, and their households, should follow advice on self-isolation if they do 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, coronavirus (COVID-19).