Healthy NTU wellbeing programme

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked, so it's important you take care of yourself whilst you're studying at NTU. Find out more about our health and wellbeing programme, Healthy NTU.

The health and wellbeing programme is led by our Student Health Development Officer, it covers key health themes and offers support to you during your studies.

NTU 1,000 pint challenge

Donate to help us achieve our target! Register to donate via the link below and share your donation photo on Instagram and Twitter with #NTU1KChallenge.

Do your bit, give blood today. Visit to find your nearest centre and book an donation appointment.

Sexual health

Making the decision to have sex comes with the responsibility to look after yourself and your partner. That's why it's important to use a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex, and dental dams for oral sex to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

NHS sexual health information

Sexual health advice and support services

These services in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that provide free condoms, advice, and sexual health screening.


C-Card is a service for young people aged between 13 – 24 that provides free condoms, lube and dams, sexual health information, help and advice.

Free postal self testing kits



The area of drug and substance use is full of myth and misinformation. It's always a good idea to learn the facts about drugs and the possible short and long term affects they can have on you and your friends and family.

Find out more about drugs and their affects including legal highs on the Talk to Frank website.

If you are concerned about you or someone else's drug use help, support and advice is available in Nottingham through Recovery In Nottingham.

NTU runs one to one support sessions by booking only.

For more information, help, advice and support talk to Neil via e-mail: or call 09720 454921.


It's recommended that men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. That's equivalent to 6 pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

If you're worried about your drinking, you can get practical and confidential advice and support from Nottingham's Last Orders specialist alcohol service.

Find out more about alcohol and drinking on the Drink Aware website.


There are many benefits to stopping smoking but sometimes it can be hard to stop. We know that over two-thirds of NTU students who smoked would like to give up. Help and support is not far away.

Get more information on giving up smoking from the NHS smokefree website.

Health protection

Meningitis and the ACWY vaccine

Meningitis is a life threatening, infectious disease that can leave devastation in its wake. It often occurs hand-in-hand with septicaemia, when it strikes, it can be fatal. Within a matter of hours it can take hold of a strong, healthy, independent individual and change them forever. Know the signs!

Read Charlotte H's Meningitis Experience

Why are first year university students at risk?

Students can be more vulnerable to meningitis because of living in close living arrangements. In many cases, young people come together from all over the world to live in one place and can sometimes be exposed to bacteria and viruses their bodies have not met before. This is why so many new students get ‘freshers' flu’.

As the early symptoms of meningitis can disguise themselves as other things, such as common illnesses like flu, or maybe a hangover, it’s easy to mistake meningitis for something else.

Know the signs and symptoms - it could mean all the difference.

Signs and symptoms

Watch the Meningitis Now Fastest Hour video

Meningitis Now, signs and symptoms

The ACWY vaccine

NHS information about the ACWY vaccine.

The vaccine helps to protect against the ACWY Meningitis strains and is administered by a simple injection which is free to all first year students who are under 25. It’s very important to get the vaccine to ensure you are protected from Meningitis.

The vaccine is available at all NTU Health Centres. If you have not had the ACWY vaccine call today to book for your free vaccine - it could be lifesaving!

You will need to be registered with the practice to receive the free vaccine.

Register with your local surgery and book a healthcare appointment.

The Department of Health recommends that all students be fully immunised before arrival at university. You should arrange to see your doctor and make sure you are up-to-date with vaccinations against:

If you have had only one dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine you will need to get the second dose at the appropriate time. Ask your doctor for advice. Please visit your current surgery and find out if your vaccines are up-to-date and if you have been vaccinated for:

If you have, then you also need to find out the dates when you were vaccinated. Please give your new doctor this information when you start university.

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia need to know information.

General health issues

From coughs and colds to measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations - your essential link is with your local GP.

Book a healthcare appointment with your local GP.

For out of hours and urgent care visit the NHS Urgent Care Centre, walk-in service, open between 7am and 9pm.

Emotional health

Look after your emotional health and wellbeing

Emotional health and wellbeing involves feeling happy, getting involved in university life and taking time for yourself. It is important that you feel secure and positive while learning. To help the Students' Union offers clubs, societies and volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in.

Get more information on student mental health from the NHS Livewell site.

If you or someone else would like help and support it's available from student support, mental health services.

NTU Chaplains are trained to support people with loss and bereavement issues. They can talk to you confidentially, compassionately and objectively about the issues you might be facing. You do not have to be of faith to book a chat.

Student Minds offer support and useful resources that you may need during coronavirus called Student Space

Please view our Healthy NTU blog which is written by students for students on everything health and wellbeing.

Information, advice and training

Visit our information and advice page for tips and advice on self help, looking after your mental health and looking out for your friends.

Look after your mate

You can access free Look After Your Mate training. The training provides an introduction to student mental health including: spotting the signs of when a friend may be struggling, communication techniques, signposting, boundaries, self-care and looking after yourself whilst supporting a friend.

For training dates and more information get in touch.

Student mental health champions

Our Student Mental Health Champion programme helps promote good mental health. Free training is provided, and you can get involved with events, developing new ideas, and raising awareness.

Email Healthy NTU for more information.

Eating well and keeping active

Eat well, feel the difference

A good balanced diet will help you stay fit and well, help to fight off any illnesses and give you bags of energy.

Please click on the links below for information on eating well including recipes and essential hints and tips:

Be active, feel the difference

Regular physical exercise is key to staying fit and healthy at university. Just 20 minutes a day will leave you energised and feeling great.

Did you know, you can hire a bike while at NTU? Find out more about the offer.

Sports and fitness

Make the most of NTU's sporting facilities, fitness suites, exercise classes, football and netball leagues, and sports clubs. Also check out NTU Play for Fun activities. If you're studying at Brackenhurst you can get reduced membership at Southwell L.C..

Sport Access Scheme

If you are new to exercise/activities like Yoga, Fitness classes or would like meet new people then this scheme may be a way for you. You need to be currently receiving support from Student Support Services; Mental Health, Counselling, Student Support Advisers and Disability Support services and be keen to participate.

For further information email Healthy NTU.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background. There are many types of eating disorder, ranging from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder to body dysmorphia and pica.

There are number of reasons why an eating disorder may develop, and you can't always tell if someone has one by simply looking at them.

Get to know more about eating disorders.

Support and advice at NTU

I'm worried about a friend or I'm experiencing negative feelings and behaviour around food and eating. What can I do if I feel a friend may have an eating disorder, or if I feel I may have one?

The University offers confidential support and advice. Self-help group also available. Please contact EDISS for further information.

You can get in touch by emailing EDISS or calling +44 (0)1332 367 571. Eating Disorders in Students Service (EDISS).

EDISS offers confidential support and advice to students at Nottingham Trent University.

The service is accessible to students, staff and alumni for up to 3 years after graduating on all campuses.

Services delivered are:

  • One-to-one peer support
  • Counselling
  • Online email befriending
  • Group support

For more information and to access our services please email or visit our online self-referral form.

Students can also access support at the University of Nottingham, University Park Campus.. If you are based at Nottingham Trent University and are interested in accessing the EDISS, please contact us by emailing EDISS or calling +44 (0)1332 367 571.

EDISS is currently holding drop in support between 6 pm and 7 pm every Tuesday.  For more information or to get involved contact

Useful links:

  • Last updated: 13/10/2020