Everyone arrives at university with different experiences and ideas about sex...
For many it’s an exciting time, a time of personal development, experimentation, forming new and personal relationships and also a time when you have to take responsibility for your own health.
Feeling good about yourself:
protecting yourself and your partner against STI's/ unintended pregnancy
feeling comfortable and accepted about your sexual orientation
being able to choose to have sex or not to have sex
being free from exploitation, oppression, physical or emotional harm.
Sex and relationships
Contraception is a term used to prevent pregnancy. There are several methods of contraception. It’s important that you choose the one that right for you.
The only method of contraception that offers protection from sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing unintended pregnancy.
Are you under 25? Register onto the c-card Scheme. A c-card enables you to get FREE condoms Find out more about c-card, visit City scheme. Register on campus at the University Health Service, Cripps Health Centre, University Park. (you don’t need to be a registered patient to register onto C-Card) or at Sutton Bonington Student Services Centre.
Using your C-Card
You can use your card at:
University of Nottingham Health Service,
Boots Pharmacy (Cripps Health Centre),
Cripps Health Centre.
Student Union Advice Centre (Mondays only)
Student Services Centres at Jubilee and Sutton Bonington
Vet School reception, Sutton Bonington.
Other types of contraception
There are 15 types of contraception available in the U.K. find out about the different types and how they work by visiting the NHS Livewell website.
The University Health Service provides a full range of contraceptive services including emergency contraception to registered patients. Emergency contraception can be obtained from:
Contraceptive and Sexual Health Service (CASH)
Victoria Health Centre
Tel: 0115 950 9151
Loughborough Contraceptive Clinic
Loughborough General Hospital,
Outpatients 2, Epinal Way.
Tel: 0150 956 4495.
Cripps Health Centre, University Park
(Free to under 25's)
Visit the NHS Choices website to find your nearest contraceptive service.
Sexually transmitted infections
If you’re concerned get checked out. The University Health Service offers free testing and screening for STI's, book your appointment now . This service is only available to registered patients.
If you're not registered at The University Health Service, then get tested at your nearest GU Medicine (GUM) clinic. You can also get tested at HealthyU events throughout the year. Check out the events pages for events and dates.
Find out more about sexual health services and where to get tested on the NHS choices website by entering your postcode.
It affects around 1in 10 sexually active young people and is the most common STI in the U.K. It’s a big concern because most people don’t have any symptoms the good news is testing and treatment is simple and free.
Get screened on campus!
University Park Campus: Anyone under the age of 25 can drop-in to the University Health Service to pick up a test kit at any time.
The University Health Service is currently giving away free cinema tickets to everyone who returns their test.
Boots Pharmacy (next to the Health Service, University Park).
HealthyU hall road shows and events
If you live in Nottingham city you can order a free a test kit online from the Nottingham NHS Screening website or the Free Test me website. The best bit - you can do the test yourself at home.
If you live in Nottinghamshire, you can get tested at your GP Practice.
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through the Relate website.
If you want to talk, seek support or just want some information, your Students' Union LGBT Network can help. Its free to join and a confidential service is available.
Rape and sexual assult
In an emergency, call 999. You can report an incident to the Nottinghamshire Police (non-emergency calls) on 0300 300 9999. For someone to talk to, visit the University Counselling Service. Visit these other useful contacts.