If you are living in St Andrews and studying at the university for more than 12 weeks you can register with your local doctor, known as a General Practitioner (GP). You will not be able to register until you are a fully matriculated student. You can choose to register with an NHS practice or a private practice, and you should choose a practice that is close to where you live.

Please do not wait until you are unwell to register with a medical practice. This will cause a delay in getting an appointment to see a clinician.

Student Health Hub

If you are feeling unwell, you can call the Student Health Hub to check which service is most appropriate for you to access, as it may not be a doctor you need to see. This is especially helpful for students who are unfamiliar with UK health services. You may be asked one or two questions about your symptoms to determine which service is the most appropriate.

The Student Health Hub works closely with both medical practices and Sexual Health Fife and is here to assist you with any queries you may have with regards to your healthcare. This service is confidential and non-judgmental. You can contact the Student Health Hub either by email ( or by calling +44 (0)1334 465777.

Pharmacists in the UK are qualified healthcare professionals. They can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines for a range of illnesses, and you may be directed to speak to a pharmacist before contacting your doctor. Pharmacists can advise on illnesses such as:

  • skin complaints
  • coughs, colds and sore throats
  • upset stomach
  • treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • eye complaints
  • aches and pains

The Pharmacist will advise you if they think you need to see a doctor or nurse at the medical practice. A Pharmacist can be found at each of the local chemists in St Andrews:

  • Boots on Market Street
  • Lloyds Pharmacy at the St Andrews Community Hospital
  • Morrisons Pharmacy which is at Morrisons Supermarket.

If you are based in Scotland outside of St Andrews, you can use the NHS Inform website to find your nearest pharmacy.

Out-of-hours support

If you need urgent help for a medical issue outside of normal GP hours, you can call the NHS 24 service on 111. If you are seriously ill or injured, should call 999.


NHS inform provides self-help guides to direct you to medical advice and best next steps based on your symptoms.

NHS inform self-help guides