Health & Healthcare: Essential Information for All Students

Published by University of Bedfordshire

Register with a local GP

If you have moved to a new town to study, you should register with a local GP as soon as possible, so you can access healthcare when you need it. Do not leave it until you feel unwell! 

You can find details of the nearest surgeries to campus on our website.

For those who live away from the above sites or if you prefer to register elsewhere, you can find a list of GP surgeries near to where you live on the NHS website.

You can now register online as a new patient with many GP surgeries. Look out for the ‘new patient’ or ‘reception and enquiries’ section on their website to get started.

Keeping yourself well

Freshers’ flu is real!

When you start University there are lots of factors that can add physical and psychological strain and impact your immune system. Although mingling with large groups of new people may not be such an issue this year, you may find that your diet changes, you might be lacking in sleep or feeling stressed which can all lead to freshers’ flu.

Although this isn’t an actual flu, you can end up feeling quite poorly.

Symptoms of freshers’ flu can include:

  • Feeling cold and shivering or hot with a fever
  • Dry cough
  • Having low energy

Our best tips on keeping healthy and avoiding freshers’ flu:

  • Eat healthily – there’s no time like the present to learn how to cook quick meals with fresh ingredients. Make sure to get loads of vitamins in to your diet to boost your immune system.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids to keep hydrated – especially important if you are drinking alcohol!
  • Rest and refresh – make sure to have some down time from socialising and from your technology.
  • Look after your mental health – starting university and adapting to new surroundings and situations can be stressful. If you are finding things difficult, talk to someone or find a coping strategy that works for you.


It’s important to be aware of the Covid-19 symptoms and follow the latest NHS advice on isolating and testing if you think you may have it. The NHS 111 service can assist with any queries or concerns you may have.

You should follow the University’s advice and UK Government guidance to minimise spread of the disease and this will also help you to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter months.

Make sure to tell your teaching staff if you are ill and cannot participate in activities. You can also get support from the Student Engagement Team if illness is affecting your ability to complete work on time.

Vaccinations: Are you University ready?

We would encourage you to check that all vaccinations and immunisations are up-to-date, specifically the Meningitis vaccination. Meningococcal disease is a rare but life threatening disease that occurs mainly in young children and young adults.

Because of Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your health. Get vaccinated before you come to University.

Stay safe. Get Protected.

  • MMR (Measles, mumps and rubella)
  • MenACWY (Meningitis)
  • Flu jab (vulnerable groups and extended eligibility, check if you are entitled to a free jab!)

Your GP will have a record of your vaccinations. Check if you’re not sure what you’ve had.

More information about these vaccinations can be found on the NHS website.

Students coming from overseas

If you are joining the University from another country, you might want to find out more about the NHS (National Health Service) and how to access different types of health care.

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has some helpful advice.