From outside the EEA?
If you’re studying in the UK for 6 months or more, you’ll need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) when you apply for your visa. The surcharge is £150 per person, and any dependent family members who are applying for visas with you will also have to pay this charge.
IHS will entitle you to free treatment at NHS hospitals while you’re here, along with the ability to register with a doctor and NHS dentist. Some prescriptions will need to be paid for though, depending on what you have been prescribed by your doctor or dentist – you can check this with the pharmacy.
Studying for less than 6 months? You will only be able to access free NHS treatment in an emergency. This is also the case with doctors, who may treat you for free but usually only when urgent treatment is needed. Any other medical treatment or prescriptions you need will need to be paid for, which may be covered by your medical insurance plan.