Sex and relationships

   
   

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.
Students sitting outside Hugh Stewart Hall, University Park

Sexual health

 
 

 

Contraception

Contraception is a term used for measures to prevent pregnancy. There are several methods of contraception. It’s important that you choose the one that is right for you.

For more information about contraception visit the fpa website.

Condoms

Condoms offer protection from sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing unintended pregnancy. You can pick up condoms at The University of Nottingham Health Service reception. Visit the NHS Choices website to find your nearest contraceptive service.

Are you under 25? Register onto the C-Card scheme. A C-Card enables you to get FREE condoms. Find out more about C-Cards

Register for/collect your C-card

You can register for or collect your C-card at any of the following venues.

University Park

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Rebecca Miller, Student Welfare Officer, Schools of CLAS and English. By appointment only.

10am-4pm
Tel. 0115 84 67148

Rebecca Miller, Student Welfare Officer, Schools of CLAS and English. By appointment only.

10am-4pm
Tel. 0115 84 67148

Rebecca Miller, Student Welfare Officer, Schools of CLAS and English. By appointment only.

10am-4pm
Tel. 0115 84 67148

Rebecca Miller, Student Welfare Officer, Schools of CLAS and English. By appointment only.

10am-4pm
Tel. 0115 84 67148

Rebecca Miller, Student Welfare Officer, Schools of CLAS and English. By appointment only.

10am-4pm
Tel. 0115 84 67148

Students' Union Advice. Drop-in or appointment during opening hours (except 12.30-1pm).
Leanne Goldrick  

Students' Union Advice. Drop-in or appointment during opening hours (except 12.30-1pm).
Leanne Goldrick  

Students' Union Advice. Drop-in or appointment during opening hours (except 12.30-1pm).
Leanne Goldrick  

Students' Union Advice. Drop-in or appointment during opening hours (except 12.30-1pm).
Leanne Goldrick  

Students' Union Advice. Drop-in or appointment during opening hours (except 12.30-1pm).
Leanne Goldrick  

 

 

 

Student Service Centre, Chery Tree Lodge. 2-6pm. 

Student Service Centre, Chery Tree Lodge. 8-11am. 

 

 

 

Chemistry. Drop-in, B16 Chemistry Building, 1-3pm. Amy Langmead

 

 

 

 

Engineering. A08 Coates Building. Jack Iliffe

 

QMC

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

QMC Student Service Centre. B3 Medical School. Drop-in. Elliot Reed, Liz Hodgson, Rani Mukherjee-Neal, Natalie Watson

QMC Student Service Centre. B3 Medical School. Drop-in. Elliot Reed, Liz Hodgson, Rani Mukherjee-Neal, Natalie Watson 

QMC Student Service Centre. B3 Medical School. Drop-in. Elliot Reed, Liz Hodgson, Rani Mukherjee-Neal, Natalie Watson 

QMC Student Service Centre. B3 Medical School. Drop-in. Elliot Reed, Liz Hodgson, Rani Mukherjee-Neal, Natalie Watson 

QMC Student Service Centre. B3 Medical School. Drop-in. Elliot Reed, Liz Hodgson, Rani Mukherjee-Neal, Natalie Watson 

Sutton Bonington

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thuesday

Friday

Vet School reception. Available during standard opening times. 

Vet School reception. Available during standard opening times. 

Vet School reception. Available during standard opening times.

Vet School reception. Available during standard opening times.

Vet School reception. Available during standard opening times.

Student Service Centre. Drop-in, 10am-3pm. 

Student Service Centre. Drop-in, 10am-3pm. 

Student Service Centre. Drop-in, 10am-3pm. 

Student Service Centre. Drop-in, 10am-3pm. 

Student Service Centre. Drop-in, 10am-3pm. 

C16 Main Building. Drop-in, 12-2pm, term-time only. 

 

 

 

 

Jubilee

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

Student Service
Centre
. Drop-in,
12-1pm.
Claire Kirk

 

 


The following locations are for C-card pick-up only (unless it's part of a sexual health screen at Cripps Health Centre).

University Park

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Reception, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.

Reception, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.

Reception, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.

Reception, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.

Reception, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times. 

Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times. 

Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times. 

Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.  

Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.  

Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre. Available during standard opening times.  

Student Service Centre, Cherry Tree Lodge. Available during standard opening times.

Student Service Centre, Cherry Tree Lodge. Available during standard opening times.

Student Service Centre, Cherry Tree Lodge. Available during standard opening times.

Student Service Centre, Cherry Tree Lodge. Available during standard opening times.

Student Service Centre, Cherry Tree Lodge. Available during standard opening times.

Jubilee

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Student Service Centre, Exchange Building. Available during standard opening times. 

Student Service Centre, Exchange Building. Available during standard opening times. 

Student Service Centre, Exchange Building. Available during standard opening times. 

Student Service Centre, Exchange Building. Available during standard opening times. 

Student Service Centre, Exchange Building. Available during standard opening times. 

 

 

Other types of contraception

There are 15 types of contraception available in the UK find out about the different types and how they work by visiting the NHS Livewell website.

 

 

 

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed, for instance if a condom has split or you've missed a pill. There are two types:

  • the emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning after pill)
  • the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil)

Many places offer free emergency contraception to under 25s. You can get emergency contraception from:

  • a GP surgery that provides contraception (some may not provide the IUD)
  • a contraception clinic
  • some pharmacies
  • contraceptive sexual health services
  • most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units
 

Local contraceptive services (including emergency contraception)

  • The University Health Service provides a full range of contraceptive services including emergency contraception to registered patients.
  • NUH Sexual Health Centre
    Victoria Health Centre
    Glasshouse Street
    Tel: 0115 950 9151
  • Loughborough Contraceptive Clinic
    Loughborough General Hospital
    Outpatients 2, Epinal Way
    Tel: 0150 956 4495

Emergency contraception can also be obtained from:

  • Boots Pharmacy
    Cripps Health Centre, University Park
  • Boots Pharmacy Kegworth
    6 Church Gate, Kegworth,
    Derbyshire, DE74 2ED

Pharmacy 

 

Visit the NHS Choices website to find your nearest contraceptive service.

Sexually transmitted infections

If you’re concerned, you can get tested at:

  • The University Health Service, which offers free testing and screening for STI's. Book your appointment now. This service is only available to registered patients.
  • 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.

Screening

Chlamydia screening

Chlamydia affects around 1in 10 sexually active young people and is the most common STI in the UK. 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 tested on campus!

  • University Health Service - pick up a test kit at any time. You must be a registered patient to use this service
  • HealthyU hall road shows and events
  • If you live in Nottingham city or are registered with a Nottingham city GP you can order a free test kit online.
  • If you live in Nottinghamshire, you can get tested at your GP Practice.
 

Relationship advice

Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through the Relate website

Sexual orientation

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

 

Useful links

Woman on phone

 

The University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666
email: studentcommsoffice@nottingham.ac.uk