Registering with a doctor
You should register with a General Practitioner (GP) doctor if you're studying on a course lasting more than six months. Registering at a GP is free, however if you are from a non-EEA country then you may need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge. If you are here for less than six months you will be seen on a temporary resident basis if your healthcare problem is urgent. If you are here for less than three months you are not eligible for healthcare under the National Health Service and should have private health insurance to cover the cost of health care if required.
The management and medication for some conditions may be different in this country and some medication which is used in other countries may not be available here. If you already have a medical condition it is extremely important to register with the Victoria Park Health Centre or a local health centre. Make an appointment to see a doctor soon after arrival in this country to discuss how you can manage your condition to avoid any unnecessary disruption to your studies. Please bring with you information from your current doctor which includes diagnosis and current management, including medication. If you are taking medication you should bring enough to last at least 12 weeks.
If you are a student from a EU country, here for less than 6 months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which must be obtained from your home country.
Registering with the Police
Students from some non-EU countries are required to register with the police. If this applies to you, it will be stated on your visa in your passport, or on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
During October you can make an appointment for on-campus Police Registration at the Student Services Centre. After this you can register directly at the Nationality Office in the Hinckley Road Police Station.
When you register with the police you should take with you:
- Your passport
- Two passport-size photographs
- £34 registration fee (cash only)
- Your accommodation tenancy agreement
- A letter confirming that you are a student at the University of Leicester (you will receive this at the visa checkpoint)
- Completed registration form (available from the Student Services Centre - you can also download the form as a PDF)