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.


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. To find out more about C-Cards, 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).

Students at Sutton Bonington can register at the Drop-in, Sutton Bonington, room A8 in the main building. Mondays term-time only, 11.45am-1.45pm.


 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 or from the Students' Union Advice Centre in the Portland Building.


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.
  • Contraceptive and Sexual Health Service (CASH)
    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, get checked out. 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 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 tested on campus!

  • University Park Campus: if you are under the age of 25, you can drop in to the University Health Service to pick up a test kit at any time.
  • Boots Pharmacy, Cripps Health Centre.
  • 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.

Students at Sutton Bonington

  • Sexual health drop-in every Monday (term-time only) 11.45am - 1.45pm. Chlamydia screening available.

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. Visit these other useful contacts


The University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666