Find out which vaccinations you need and what medication you should pack before you arrive.

Getting vaccinated

Vaccines help to prevent the spread of diseases and save lives.


Covid -19 vaccinations are now only available seasonally, and only then if you are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19. This means you cannot book a vaccination online or on the phone unless these services are open.

If you think you are in need of a Covid-19 vaccination, you can attend a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinic and they will check your vaccination history.

Speak to your doctor or the on-campus NHS health centre to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.

The main vaccinations you should consider cover:

You may be able to get these free of charge if you register with a doctor.

You might also consider a vaccination for meningococcal group B (MenB). You can only get this vaccination privately at certain pharmacies or travel clinics, unless you have certain chronic conditions.

If you’re applying for a visa to study in the UK, check whether you need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test before you leave home.

Packing medication

Pharmacies in the UK sell a range of over-the-counter medication. For any medication requiring a prescription, make sure you pack what you need so you have enough to last until you have registered with a doctor.

If you’re travelling from overseas, keep all medication in its original packaging as airport staff might want to see it. Read about what to do if think you’re bringing medication to the UK that contains controlled drugs.

Pharmacy on campus

You can collect prescriptions and buy medicines, cosmetics and toiletries from the pharmacy on campus. It is open in term time from 9am until 5.30pm and 9.30am to 4.30pm in non-term time.

You can contact the pharmacy by calling (+44) (0)1273 699883.

The Pharmacy offers a free delivery service for prescriptions, but there is a minimum spend of £5 for non-prescription items. Deliveries are between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Tip: If you are currently receiving specialist NHS care for either a mental or physical health condition, ask the people treating you to transfer this care to local providers, such as Sussex Partnership NHS Trust or Brighton & Hove NHS, before you arrive.

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