Staying safe and healthy

Here are some handy tips to ensure you stay safe during your time at university – they'll be particularly helpful if If you're moving to London for the first time.

Look after yourself

  • Plan your route before going anywhere – the Transport for London website is a good place to start, and the Citymapper app is also very useful.
  • Avoid walking long distances at night – only use registered taxis or minicabs.
  • Avoid using headphones when walking or cycling so you can give your surroundings your full attention.

Look after your belongings

  • Lock windows and doors when leaving your accommodation, even if you’re only going next door.
  • Mark valuable items with your postcode using an ultraviolet pen.
  • Register serial numbers for free using Immobilise so, if your property is stolen, the police can track you as the owner.
  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body – don’t carry too much cash.
  • Be cyber-safe: never share your login details and look out for phishing emails.

Registering with a doctor

If you're new to London, you should register with a local general practitioner (GP) practice as soon as possible and preferably before you actually need to see a doctor about an illness. You can find a list of your local GPs on the NHS website. If you're a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country and you are studying on a course lasting less than six months then you are strongly advised to bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you, otherwise you may be charged for your healthcare.

Dentists

If you are eligible for NHS treatment you will be eligible for treatment by a dentist accepting NHS patients (although this is not free treatnment it is cheaper than private treatment). You can find a dentist on the NHS website.

Eye tests and opticians

Eye tests are available at opticians, which can be found on most high streets. There is a charge for these services.

Emergencies

  • If you need to report incidents or stolen belongings to the police, dial 101 – in an emergency always call 999.
  • If you have a serious illness or an accident go to the accident and emergency (A&E) department at your nearest hospital.

COVID-19 information

You may also be interested in the measures we've put in place to make our campuses COVID-secure.

 

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