The first steps to looking after your health at uni


Late nights, first lecture nerves, moving home and £1 pizzas can all add up to a weak immune system in your first weeks at university. Luckily for you, our Enablement and Wellbeing services have given their top tips for taking care of your health before you arrive.

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1. Get up to date with your jabs

Do you know if your vaccinations are up to date? Check with your GP whether you have been vaccinated for meningitis (MenACWY) and had both MMR jabs. If you were born after September 1995 you probably had a MenC jab as a young child, but your immunity to the disease decreases over time. So you should get a Men ACWY booster, which has now replaced the MenC jab from your GP at least two weeks before you come to university.

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2. Register with a GP

You’ll need to register with a doctor during your time at university. If you're new to Birmingham, you'll either need to register with the University’s health care provider or with a GP near your term-time address. You can register online before you arrive, or in person at our registration weekend in mid-September (details in your university accommodation), or at our medical rooms.

3. Remember your medication

If you take regular medication, make sure you bring it with you and have enough supply until you register with a local GP practice. But it also might be a good idea to bring an emergency medicine box for headaches and dodgy stomachs (AKA hangover kit).

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4. Let us know about disability support

If you have a disability or think you might have a disability (including a mental health difficulty, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia) tell us so we can look at how we may support you. Complete our online profile form and our Enablement Team will get back to you.

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