Students from the EEA or Switzerland Students from the EEA or Switzerland

If you're a student who's a citizen of the EEA or of Switzerland, you can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country.  This card will entitle you to free health coverage throughout the UK.

Students staying for more than six months with a Tier 4 visa Students staying for more than six months with a Tier 4 visa

If you applied for a Tier 4 visa in your home country and have obtained a visa for more than six months, you will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your visa application.  This payment allows you to access NHS healthcare in the UK at no additional cost. 

Students staying for six months or less requiring a visa Students staying for six months or less requiring a visa

If you're a student who will be in the country for six months or less, or you do not qualify for either of the above options, you will need to take out private medical insurance to cover any healthcare charges in the UK.  This can be arranged in your home country.

If you already have medical insurance in your home country, ask if it will also cover you for the UK.  In most cases, there will need to be an extra charge.

When you use any medical facility in the UK, you will be charged the full price for the treatment, which you can then recover from your insurance provider.