Coronavirus information and guidance

Register with a doctor

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, registration with a doctor will take place via email this year. Full details are provided below.

All students living in St Andrews and studying at the University for 12 weeks or more should ensure they are registered with one of the two local NHS medical practices in order to access healthcare. During the matriculation process, students will be able to register with one of the NHS medical practices. You will not be able to register until you are a fully matriculated student.

The practices are located in St Andrews Community Hospital which is about a 20-minute walk from the town centre, or there are buses that stop nearby. 

If you are not able to register during matriculation, then you should email the Student Health Hub ( who will be able to assist you. Do not wait until you are unwell to register with the medical practice. This will cause a delay in getting an appointment.


Get the MenACWY vaccine

Overseas students under 25 must get the MenACWY vaccine before arriving in St Andrews. New university students are at higher risk of infection from meningitis and septicaemia, and the MenACWY vaccine protects against several meningococcal bacterial groups. You should contact your home healthcare professional to get the vaccine.

Get the MMR vaccine

You should also have had the full double dose of MMR vaccine to protect from measles, mumps and rubella regardless of your age. If you have not had both doses, then you should contact your health practitioner to arrange this before leaving to come to St Andrews. If unable to access the vaccine, you may be able to access it from a doctor in St Andrews, but there is very limited stock for new students and you will be charged for the service.


Any student living in St Andrews is free to register with either of the two practices once they have matriculated, provided their course will last 12 weeks or more. For administrative purposes you are encouraged to register according to your family name. You will always be able to change practices without prejudice if you’re not happy at a later date.

Family name begins withMedical practicePhone
A - Nt Pipeland Medical Practice 01334 476840
Nu - Z Blackfriars Medical Practice 01334 477477

To register with Pipeland's, see the Pipeland student health page.

To register with Blackfriars, please email the following documents to

Please see below regarding what medical documents you will also need to provide, if relevant.

Medical documents

In order to register with a doctor, all students must provide:

  • student ID
  • proof of their term-time address
  • completed registration forms (if required)
  • a copy of your full immunisation history
  • If you have an ongoing health condition you will need to provide medical documentation that confirms diagnosis, and if on prescribed medication, states what medication you are on, the dosage and a treatment plan.


You should bring at least three months’ supply of any medication you are on. If you are an international student, you should check that this medication is registered and licensed for use in the UK before you arrive. If your medication is not permitted in the UK, you should get advice from your doctor at home about what alternatives you could access.

NHS mobile services

All international students will need to change to a UK sim for their mobile whilst studying here in St Andrews to access NHS services, including urgent medical care. Find out more about mobile phones