Coronavirus information and guidance


The National Health Service (NHS) is the primary medical service in the UK. Information about the NHS is available on the NHS inform website. Arrangements for international students are dependent on your visa status and any reciprocal health arrangements which the UK has in place with your country.

Some NHS services are free of charge for everyone, these include:

  • accident and emergency services
  • family planning services
  • diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • diagnosis and treatment of certain infectious diseases
  • compulsory psychiatric treatment.

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