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 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 offer 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-Cards.

You can register on campus at the University Health Service, Cripps Health Centre on University Park or at the Monday drop-in on Sutton Bonington Campus, Counselling room, C floor in the main building (11.45am - 1.45pm, term time only).


 Using your C-Card

 You can use your card at:

  • University of Nottingham Health Service, Cripps Health Centre
  • Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre
  • Student Union Advice Centre
  • Student Services Centres at Jubilee and Sutton Bonington  
  • Vet School reception, Sutton Bonington.

C+ Card scheme for over 25's

Free condoms for over 25's, available at The University of Nottingham Health Service, Cripps Health Centre:

  • no appointment necessary, just ask for a C+ Card at reception
  • pick up condoms at The University of Nottingham Health Service reception

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



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



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.


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