Register with a doctor
All students living in St Andrews and studying at the university for six months 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. You will need to present your student ID, proof of your term-time address, your completed registration forms, a copy of your immunisation history and any relevant medical documentation. If you are not able to register during matriculation, then you should email the Student Health Hub (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Short-term study students
Exchange and study abroad students who are at the University of St Andrews for one semester and do not have a Tier 4 visa may be charged for any NHS medical treatment received, so it is important to ensure you obtain medical insurance before travelling to the UK.
You will not be able to register with a medical practice on arrival, you will be able to request consultations with a general practitioner (GP) as required. Depending on the practice, the current charge is between £95 to £104.50 for the initial consultation and any prescription which is issued. Thereafter, further consultations will be between £50 to £55.
Alternatively, students may wish to consult the private GP in St Andrews, whose charges are currently £80 per consultation.
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.
Students living in St Andrews that are studying here for six months or more are free to register with either of the two practices once they are a fully matriculated student; however, 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 with||Medical practice||Phone|
|A - Nt||Pipeland Medical Practice||01334 476840|
|Nu - Z||Blackfriars Medical Practice||01334 477477|
You will need to fully complete both registration forms:
Please see below regarding what medical documents you will also need to provide, if relevant. During matriculation in September, there will be representatives from both medical practices that will assist you with registering. If you miss this opportunity to register, you will need to take your completed forms along with the relevant documentation to the community hospital. You will remain registered at the practice until you graduate from the University.
In order to register with a doctor, all students must bring with them their student ID and proof of their term-time address:
- 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.
All international students will need to change to a UK sim for their mobile whilst studying here in St Andrews in order to access NHS services, including urgent medical care. Find out more about mobile phones.