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.

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Contraception is a term used for measures to prevent pregnancy. There are several methods of contraception. Choose the one that is right for you.

Find contraception information and advice services here.


Condoms offer protection from sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing unintended pregnancy. If you are a student at the University of Nottingham, live in Nottingham City or County you can sign up for the UoN condom scheme. We take some details from you, including your postal address. You will recieve your UoN condom card that will allow you to access free condoms throughout your time at university.

How to register for a UoN condom card and place a condom order

UON condom scheme is free condom scheme (funded by Nottingham City Council). Registration is done online, once registered you will receive a pick of condoms in the post.

To register:

If you would like to register for the condom scheme, please click here to fill out a registration form. Once you have registered, you will receive a pack of condoms in the post. Please keep a note of your full condom scheme reference number which will be included with your condoms. When you run out you can use your condom number to order more condoms using the form below.

Placing a condom order (use this link once you have registered)

If you have already registered with the scheme and would like to order more condoms, please fill out this form. Condoms will be delivered to the address provided.


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 Urgent Treatment Centres

Find out where you can get emergency contraception.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

If you are concerned you may have an STI and want to get tested, there are a number of places you can access.

What should I do if I think I've got an STI?

Find a sexual health clinic


Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

Chlamydia affects around 1 in 10 sexually active young people and is the most common STI in the UK. Gonorrhoea is the 2nd most common STI after chlamydia. The good news is testing and treatment is simple and free.

Find out more about chlamydia

Find out more about gonorrhoea

Chlamydia  and gonorrhoea screening is available via postal kits.

If you have a Nottingham City postcode, then you can access free online STI testing, repeat contraception and emergency contraception online at SH:24.

If you live in Nottinghamshire, you can order a test kit at: SH.UK.

Relationship advice

Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support.

Unhealthy relationships and domestic abuse information can be found here.

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 assault

Use Report and Support anonymously to tell us what happened or ask to speak an advisor.

This is not making a formal report to the university, it is to enable you to access the support you need to make an informed decision on what to do next.

Report and Support

Information about sexual consent


Useful links



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