To access healthcare services whilst studying in the UK it is essential to register with a General Practitioner (GP).


  • International students who submitted their visa applications after April 6, 2015, might need to make a payment for the immigration health charge to access NHS healthcare services.
  • You can find details about international student entitlement to NHS treatment on the UKCISA website.


1. Check Your Eligibility

  • Ensure that you are eligible for NHS (National Health Services) healthcare services.
  • Most international students are eligible if they are studying in the UK for more than 6 months, but some conditions may apply depending on your specific circumstances.

2. Gather Necessary Documents

You will typically need the following documents:
  • Passport or national ID cardVisa or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Proof of address (such as a tenancy agreement) and/ or a letter from your university stating your student status

3. Find a Local GP Surgery

  • Use the NHS website or ask your university for a list of local GP surgeries in your area. 

4. Contact the GP Surgery

  • Call or visit the GP surgery to inquire about registration. 
  • They will provide you with information on their registration process and may ask for some initial details. 
  • You should ask to be added to the list of National Health Service (NHS) patients.  
  • This means you will not have to pay a fee to visit the doctor.

5. Complete the Registration Form

  • You will be asked to fill out a registration form, which includes personal details and medical history. 
  • Some GP surgeries offer online registration forms as well.

6. Submit Your Documents

  • Provide the required documents, including your passport, visa, proof of address and student status letter to the GP surgery. They may ask for photocopies or scans.

7. Attend a Registration Appointment

  • Some GP surgeries may require you to schedule a registration appointment. 
  • During this appointment, they may discuss your medical history and any specific healthcare needs.

8. Receive Your NHS Number

  • After your registration is approved, you will receive an NHS number. 
  • This is a unique number that you should keep safe, as it will be used for all your healthcare interactions in the UK.

9. Access Healthcare Services

  • Once registered, you can book appointments with your GP for medical consultations, vaccinations, prescriptions, and other healthcare needs.

10. Understand NHS Services

  • Familiarise yourself with the services covered by the NHS and any additional services that may require payment or insurance, such as dental care or eye care.


  • That the registration process and eligibility criteria may vary slightly depending on your specific circumstances, such as your visa type and the policies of the GP surgery you choose. 
  • It's essential to confirm the requirements with your chosen GP surgery or your university's international student services office.

Useful Links

If you are having any difficulties in registering with a GP , you might want to contact the Student Engagement Team