General Health

You are encouraged to register with a local GP (General Practitioner) surgery when you first get to Cambridge. If you have lost your form or didn’t register, here is a list of GPs:


It’s important you register as GPs cannot provide short notice, urgent appointments for people who are not registered.  The NHS websites provide good information on spotting the symptoms and dealing with illnesses which can commonly affect students, such as MeningitisGlandular Fever and Sports Injuries.

Out of Hours

Overnight and at weekends Urgent Care Cambridgeshire is the local Out of Hours Emergency Doctors’ Service and can be contacted on 0330 123 9131. It is run by local GPs and practice nurses you will be able to receive advice/treatment either on the phone or at Chesterton Medical Centre.  If necessary you will receive a home visit.

They are open 6pm-8.30am every day of the week.



The University Dental Service allows you to register for NHS or private dental treatment. If you register it is far easier to be seen in an emergency.

3 Trumpington Street

01223 332 860

They are open on weekdays:

9am to 1pm
2pm to 5pm (4pm on Fridays)

Women’s health

The NHS Choices website has extensive information on women’s health issues, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, toxic shock syndrome, thrush and HPV.

Men’s health

The NHS Choices website has extensive information on men’s health issues, including testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

CATS Cambridge

Cambridge is often an exhausting and stressful place to be. However, if you are displaying any of the following:

  • Unexplained lumps, bumps or swellings
  • Unexplained and persistent pain
  • Changes in the appearance of a mole
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Changes in weight

Please contact your doctor. Further advice can be found on the CATS website: http://www.thecatscampaign.org/know-the-symptoms/

Safety in the City

Cambridge is a relatively safe and quiet city, with a low crime rate. However, it is important to take steps to stay safe when out and about:

1) When going out at night, go in a group and stick to well-lit areas.
2) If you do feel unsafe walking home at night, head to the nearest college porters’ lodge. Most, if not all, will pay for a taxi home for you.

3) Keep cash withdrawals to a minimum and be careful about not having your valuables on show.

4) If you are cycling, make sure you have a set of working bike lights, as you can be liable for an on the spot fine of £30 if you are cycling at night without lights. You can buy bike lights for £8 from CUSU, and CUSU also offers bike repair and light fitting services through out the year (check the CUSU website for more details).