Induction for new students - Starting with us

Health and wellbeing

Register with a local GP

Don’t wait until you get ill to register with a local doctor; register as soon as you arrive at Sussex so that, if you do become unwell or need a prescription, you can book an appointment straight away.

Find out more about registering with a doctor here

Register with a local dentist

Registering with a local dentist will help you to keep on top of your oral health and avoid an uncomfortable wait for an appointment if you do get any tooth troubles while you’re at university.

Find out more about finding a dentist here

Find out about ‘out of hours’ and ‘walk-in’ health services

It’s good to know about the ‘out of hours’ and ‘walk-in’ services that are available in case you ever need medical advice without a doctor’s appointment.

Find out about ‘walk-in’ services here

Find out about NHS 111 here

Sign up for an X-Card

If you have sex, make sure it’s safer sex.

Come along to one of our drop-ins and sign up for an X-Card, which gives you access to FREE condoms, dams, vaginal condoms and lube. 

Find out more about the X-Card here

Get to know your flatmates

Your flatmates or housemates will be a key source of support if you are unwell.

You can look out for each other in the following ways:

  • Get to know each other early on, and agree to support each other if you are unwell e.g. by collecting medical provisions and other essentials for each other
  • Let each other know if you are feeling under the weather, so that you can keep an eye on each other and get help if needed

Top tips for looking after yourself

The first few weeks of university can be a very busy time, but it’s important to look after yourself to avoid getting run down or ill.

Here are a few things you can do to look after yourself:

  • Eat well – make sure you eat at least 3 meals a day, and that you are eating a balanced diet
  • Sleep enough – aim for 6-8 hours of sleep a night
  • Party well – keep your alcohol consumption within sensible limits
  • Chill out – mix up your time so that you have a good balance of socialising, going out, staying in and relaxing by yourself
  • Check-in – take some time to notice how you’re feeling, and reach out for support from friends, family or university services if you need to. Know that feeling homesick can be completely normal when you first move to university

If you have a long term mental health condition or a disability

The Student Support Unit (SSU) can look at reasonable adjustments to your teaching, assessments, exams and other services provided by the University to reduce the impact your condition or disability may have on your studies or student’s experience.

You can register with the SSU after you have enrolled at Sussex, and can find further information and guidance on the Student Support Unit’s webpage