International students (non EU) studying for more than 6 months
You are entitled to register with a doctor (GP) as an NHS Patient and receive free healthcare from your GP. Although some emergency NHS hospital services are free for everyone, from April 2015, most non-EU international students (some nationalities are exempt) have to pay a health charge with their Tier 4 immigration application, in order to receive free hospital treatment under the NHS.
If you live on Campus or within Tower Hamlets (E1, E2, E3, E14) you can register with the Student Health Centre. Registrations can take place online or at the Student Health Centre. You may still need to visit your new practice to confirm your registration, follow the instructions from your new practice. By pre-registering online you'll save time and reduce errors. Please make sure you fill in your details as overseas and enter your date of entry in the UK.
If you do not live on campus or within Tower Hamlets, you will need to register with your local surgery.
More information about healthcare in the UK is available here
International students (non EU) studying for less than 6 months
You are not eligible to register with the Student Health Service on campus as an NHS patient , but you can arrange to see a doctor (GP) there as a private patient for a fee. For more information please read Provision for Students not eligible for NHS treatment information (PDF). You therefore need to arrange adequate health insurance before leaving your home country. Although some emergency NHS hospital services are free for everyone, from April 2015, most non-EU international students (some nationalities are exempt) have to pay a health charge with their immigration application, in order to receive free hospital treatment under the NHS. More information is available here
EU students and Swiss nationals studying for less than 6 months
You can use the SHS but cannot register as a patient. Your EHIC certificate will cover you for all treatment that is medically necessary during your stay in the UK. Make sure you get this certificate before leaving your country. It is recommended that you arrange medical insurance before travelling to the UK to cover any medical treatment that cannot be received free of charge in the UK.
EU students and Swiss nationals studying for more than 6 months
You can register with the Student Health Service (SHS) if you live on campus or within Tower Hamlets, or any other NHS surgery if you live outside Tower Hamlets or the campus. If you are from the EEA or a Swiss national you will remain insured in your home state so you can access healthcare when necessary.You will need to provide and show a valid EHIC/PRC certificate. Make sure you get this certificate before leaving your country.
Further information can be found here.
EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden (and the UK)