Health and wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is important during your time at the University of Surrey, read our guidance to make sure you access the support you need.

Your health

We have an on-campus NHS medical practice, Guildowns Group Practice which is there to support your health needs.

Register with a GP

We recommend that you register with Guildowns Group Practice. This way you’ll be prepared if, and when, you need to visit a GP during your time at Surrey. It’s better than waiting until you're ill!

If you are a UK student, or a student living overseas studying in the UK for more than six months, and are living on campus or in Guildford you can register online with your student number.

Alternatively, you can find your local GP on the NHS website.

Check your vaccinations are up to date

Most UK-born students will have received the two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio vaccines as children, but you should check your health records to make sure and ask your GP practice to give you the vaccinations if necessary.

In addition, all first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine that protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal A, C, W and Y diseases.

We recommend that you contact your existing doctor for vaccination against Men ACWY, ideally before the start of the academic year, however it can be provided to you when you get here if needed.

More information about the Meningitis ACWY vaccination and the MMR vaccination is available on the NHS Choices website.

Your wellbeing

The Centre for Wellbeing supports your health and emotional/psychological wellbeing during your time at Surrey. Our services are free to students and confidential.

We are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and you can access any of our services by visiting us in person, telephoning 01483 689498, or emailing

We offer:

  • Health and wellbeing advice
  • Guidance on the management of stress
  • A consultation with a counsellor
  • Advice on the management of mental health issues
  • Workshops for wellbeing
  • Health and wellbeing promotion initiatives and events

We can also provide expert advice and information on the following areas:

  • Mental health
  • Eating disorders
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual assault

Counselling consultations

A consultation with a counsellor can help with emotional and psychological issues. It’s an opportunity to talk something through, reflect and find a way forward. A counsellor will explore collaboratively with you what will best help, whether that will be self-help, a referral to the most appropriate service or agency, or a follow-up counselling consultation at the Centre for Wellbeing.