Healthy NTU wellbeing programme

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

Healthy NTU:

  • covers key health themes, and
  • provides information, advice and opportunities for better health and wellbeing.

To help you stay happy and healthy, see our Healthy NTU guide for:

  • helpful tips
  • information
  • support services

For the most up-to-date information, visit Healthy NTU.

NTU Wellbeing Week runs every March. The week celebrates the importance of looking after yourself. Wellbeing Week is in support of University Mental Health Day

Sexual health

Making the decision to have sex comes with responsibility. You must look after yourself and your partner. It's important to protect both of you from sexually transmitted infections. Use a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex, and dental dams for oral sex.

NHS sexual health information

Sexual health advice and support services

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


C-Card is a service for young people aged between 13 and 24. It provides free condoms, lube, dams, sexual health information, help and advice. C-Card is only available in Nottinghamshire county at the moment.

You can also receive free condoms via Healthy NTU. Condoms will be posted out to you for your convenience. Email Paul at Healthy NTU. You can also get condoms from the City or Clifton Health Centre. You will need to be registered with the practice.

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. They can have short and long term effects on you, on your friends, and on your family.

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

Concerned about your or someone else's drug use? Help, support and advice is available in Nottingham through Recovery In Nottingham. The service can provide support for alcohol and drugs.


We all have different tolerances to alcohol. it's good to know your own limits.

Worried about your drinking? Get practical and confidential support from Nottingham's Last Orders specialist alcohol service.

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


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. It can leave devastation in its wake. It often occurs hand-in-hand with septicaemia. When it strikes, it can be fatal. It can take a strong, healthy and independent individual and change them forever. This can all happen in mere hours, so you need to know the signs.

Read Charlotte H's meningitis experience

Why are first year university students at risk?

Students can be vulnerable to meningitis due to close living arrangements. Young people come together from all over the world to live in one place. You can sometimes be exposed to bacteria and viruses your body hasn't met before. This is why so many new students get 'freshers' flu'.

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

Know the signs and symptoms – it could make 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. It's administered by a simple injection. It's free to all first year students who are under 25. It’s very important to get the vaccine to protect you from meningitis.

The vaccine is available at all NTU Health Centres. If you haven't had the ACWY vaccine, call today to book for free. It could save lives.

You need to register with the practice to receive the free vaccine.

Register with your local surgery and book a healthcare appointment

The Department of Health recommends all students be fully immunised before arrival at university. Arrange to see your doctor and make sure you're up to date with vaccinations against:

If you've had only one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, you need to get the second dose too. Ask your doctor for advice. Visit your current surgery and find out if your vaccines are up to date. Check whether you've been vaccinated for:

If you have, 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 vaccinations, your link is with your local GP is essential.

Book a healthcare appointment with your local GP

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

Emotional health

Look after your emotional health and wellbeing

Emotional health and wellbeing involves:

  • feeling happy
  • getting involved in university life
  • taking time for yourself.

There are plenty of activities to get involved with whilst at NTU. Check out what the Students' Union offers, which includes:

  • clubs
  • societies
  • volunteering opportunities.

Also check out the Healthy NTU opportunities.

Wellbeing Support at NTU

If you or someone else would like help and support at NTU, it's available from Wellbeing Services.

NTU Chaplains are trained to support people with loss and bereavement issues. They can talk to you confidentially, compassionately and objectively. You don't have to be of faith to book a chat.

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

Also see our Healthy NTU blog. It's written by students for students, and it covers health and wellbeing issues. Also check out our Anxietea podcast.

Look after your mate and your own mental health workshop

You can access free Look After Your Mate training. The training provides an introduction to student mental health, and includes:

  • spotting the signs of when a friend may be struggling
  • communication techniques
  • signposting
  • boundaries
  • self-care and looking after yourself whilst supporting a friend.

Please email Healthy NTU for more information

Student mental health champions

Our student mental health champion programme helps promote good mental health. We provide free training. You can get involved with events, developing new ideas, and raising awareness.

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.

See the below for information, 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 that 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. They include:

  • fitness suites
  • exercise classes
  • football and netball leagues
  • sports clubs.

Also check out NTU Play for Fun activities.

If you're studying at Brackenhurst, you can get reduced membership at Southwell leisure centre.

Wellness Access Scheme

The scheme is a good way to get involved in fun activities as well as meet new people and make new friends. The scheme gives you free access to:

Play for Fun and Give it a Go activities also volunteering opportunities. You need to be getting support from Student Support Services to be able to access the scheme. A member of staff will be able to refer you. Buddy support can be provided on request.

Email Healthy NTU for further information.

Mindfulness walks

Our mindfulness walks are a great way to take some time out, clear your head, and get re-energised. Lasting around 20 minutes the walks offer you the chance to take some time out of your day to relax.

The simple step-by-step guides take you on a set route. They include mindfulness exercises for you to do as and when you feel along the walk.

We currently have a walks at:

A mindfulness walk for Clifton is coming soon.

City walk with audio

We're also pleased to offer you a mindfulness walk with audio and a downloadable map.


Eating disorders

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

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

Get to know more about eating disorders

Support and advice for NTU students

You can get help from the First Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) service. FREED is for 16 to 25-year-olds who've have had an eating disorder for three years or less. These include:

  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • binge eating disorder
  • any other eating disorder.

FREED can give you rapid access to specialised treatment. This can pay special attention to the challenges you may face in the early stages of an eating disorder.

To access support from FREED, make an appointment with your University GP. They'll be able to refer you to the service. Visit FREED for more information.

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  • Last updated: 27/07/2022