Starting at University can be exciting and overwhelming. But there are a few important things that are essential to get sorted when you are moving to a new city.
We recommend that you register with a GP as soon as possible when you arrive. Do not wait until you are ill as you have to wait 24 hours after you have registered before you can book an appointment to see a Doctor.
However, you can also register with a Doctor near your Halls, you can find your local doctor here.
Also, if you haven't done so already, it is time to get vaccinated!
Once you start you will be mixing with hundreds of people in your Halls, this means that viruses can spread quickly.
Therefore, students under the age of 25 who have not been vaccinated, are advised to book their free meningitis vaccination (MenACWY) before starting university, or to register with a doctor in the first week of term and book an appointment.
This applies to everyone going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students.
Meningitis – know the facts
- Meningitis is an infection of the meninges - the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
- Meningococcal bacteria are common and carried harmlessly in the nose or throat by about one in 10 people
- They are passed on through close contact
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Drowsiness, difficult to wake up
- Irritability and/or confusion
- Dislike of bright lights
- Severe headache or muscle pains
- Pale, blotchy skin with or without a rash
- Stiff neck
GPs across the UK are inviting 17 and 18-year-olds to come for a vaccine and first-time students under 25 are eligible too, so make an appointment and get protected!
If you're unsure whether you've already been vaccinated you should be able to check with your family doctor before you come to university.