Protecting your health and wellbeing is our priority
Registering with a doctor
It's important to register with a local doctor (GP) to ensure you can easily access medical care if you need it. The University Medical Practice and University Dental Surgery are both located close to our Whiteknights campus, find out more about registration.
For information on other local doctor or dentist surgeries, please see NHS choices.
All students, including international students, can book COVID-19 vaccinations through the NHS.
A vaccine bus may also be on campus during the Welcome period. Download the welcome app before you arrive and look out for the latest news.
Students at university are at a higher risk of contracting meningitis, which can be a very serious illness. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure you have had the MenACWY vaccine, see the governments advice for UK University students.
Monkeypox can affect anyone. It can be passed on through close physical contact like kissing, skin-to-skin or sharing things like clothing, bedding and towels. Although more people have been diagnosed with it recently, only a small number of people in the UK have had monkeypox and the risk remains low. However we ask that people stay alert to any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. See the latest government information, and read more about protecting yourself.
Welfare and Wellbeing support
Our Student Welfare Team is here to help with any personal difficulties you may experience during your time at University, including homesickness, family/relationship difficulties, and advice on drugs and alcohol issues.
In addition, we have a team of Counsellors and Mental Health professionals to support your emotional and mental health needs, enabling you to engage successfully in your studies, through one-to-one confidential advice and group sessions.
Our Life Tools programme has been designed by experts specifically for Reading students, to facilitate your transition into university and enhance your student experience. It helps you take control of your personal development and strengthen your skills to achieve your academic potential and prepare for life beyond university.