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Before you arrive

There are lots of things you can do to get a head start on student life before you arrive!

One of your top priorities is to register with doctors at a local medical practice so that you can access healthcare in Durham when you need it. This is especially important if you have an ongoing health condition or require repeat medication and for support with vaccinations and health measures related to Covid-19.

Your choice of medical practice will be determined by the area in which you live. The practice area of the Claypath and University Medical Group covers the University and the Colleges, and the majority of our students register with this practice: 

Claypath and University Medical Group 

University Health Centre

Green Lane,

Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JX

Tel: 0191 386 5081 Website:

All new students can register with the Claypath and University Medical Group at via a quick and easy online form The form uses drop down lists for student accommodation with the Colleges or private providers; if you have other accommodation, please enter your address in Durham. The form also asks whether you have an NHS number or not. You will only have a number if you have previously registered with a doctor in the UK, but you can still complete this online registration if you are an overseas student and don’t already have an NHS number.

Registering early ensures that your new medical practice knows about you, can set you up on their systems and be aware of any current medical issues. It also means that any UK NHS notes get transferred early to the practice so they have a full knowledge of your medical history, will be able to take over the prescribing of any medication and understand any further immunisations you might need.

There are other medical practices in Durham that you may want to consider.  A full list with locations can be found at: Registration with practices other than the Claypath and University Medical Group is not available online.

Starting at Durham can be a busy and exciting time so, if you have a long-term medical condition and require medication, we recommend bringing sufficient medicines to last for the first couple of months of your time here.

For more information on medical information and what vaccinations you may need, please go to our central Essential Medical Information webpages.