Studying at the University may be the first time you have lived overseas or away from home, so the University aims to make your first few weeks as trouble-free as possible. At the Induction Day the International Office will advise you on all the student services at the University and where you go for help.
English language services are for all students whose first language is not English. During term-time there are a variety of free services. Support is provided either in groups or on a one-to-one basis.
We have a dedicated advice team who can advise you on visa and immigration issues before you arrive in the UK and while you are studying here. You can also speak to them about general welfare issues, such as settling into life in the UK, as well as any personal problems you may be facing. They run one-to-one appointments, workshops and provide advice via email and over the telephone.
International Student Advice
Admissions & Recruitment Centre (ARC), Southwark Campus
Tel: 020 7815 7036
Students registered for full-time courses in the UK of six months or more are eligible to receive full health care from the National Health Service (NHS) regardless of country of origin. You will have the same rights to health care as a UK resident. This means that you can register with a GP (local doctor), receive hospital treatment as an inpatient as well as an outpatient, receive treatment for pre-existing conditions and full maternity services. However, there is a charge for dental services and optical services are not available on the NHS so you will have to pay for them.
You may be eligible for help with the cost of prescriptions, dental and optical services on the basis of low income. For further information, please refer to the NHS website for information on NHS costs and exemptions.
Students studying at LSBU for less than six months will need to pay for all healthcare treatment. We strongly recommend taking out health insurance before coming to the UK.