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Medical students outside Hull Royal Infirmary

Getting ready to arrive

We are looking forward to welcoming you in September!

Medicine students in an anatomy demonstration with Lauren Clunie


You may be both excited and perhaps a little nervous about starting medical school, but remember, we are here to support you.

We have put together this handy guide to help you get ready to arrive.

Things to do first

As soon as your place is confirmed and your status on UCAS Track is 'unconditional firm', there are some things you will need to do, including: enrolment, setting up your ICT accounts, confirming your accommodation and your student finances.

Take a look at the information for new students for details of what you need to do first.


We want you to have the best start possible which is why we have arranged an induction for all students. 

When is induction?

  • Medicine with a Gateway Year induction: 26 to 30 September 2022 
  • Medicine induction: 26 to 28 September 2022 

What happens at induction?

Induction is a series of activities designed to provide you with everything you need to prepare you for life as a medicine student with us. It will include welcome activities where you can get to know your classmates, as well as information sessions about your teaching sessions and how to get the most out of them, and signposting to support available should you need it.

Details about your induction and welcome activities will be sent to your personal email addresses in advance of the start of the academic term and after you have enrolled on the student e-Timetable. Please follow the joining instructions in your email.

Your timetable will be shared with you as part of your induction. As well as curriculum activities, your timetable also includes free time spread across the week for your self-directed work, and Wednesday afternoons are free for societies and sports.

During the welcome activities the British Medical Association (BMA) will be offering free medical student membership with a significant discount for buying a Littmann Classic stethoscope, including free engraving. You will use a stethoscope frequently during your medical studies and throughout your professional career so this is a recommended purchase although not essential.

Problem based learning group
Medicine students on a hospital ward at Hull Royal Infirmary
Students in the Allam Medical Building

Your student experience

As well as curriculum activities, your timetable also includes free time spread across the week for your self-directed work, and Wednesday afternoons are free for societies and sports.

There are plenty of opportunities to meet people, have fun, dust off old skills and develop new ones, as well support if you need advice on your studies or university life


As a student at Hull York Medical School you will be warmly welcomed into our community by our two MedSocs – our vibrant, student run societies based at Hull and York. You will meet MedSoc during your induction.

MedSoc organise many events throughout the year, providing lots of opportunities to make new friends and connections. These include a winter ball, quiz nights, film nights, and sports day. They also coordinate a range of sports and special interest societies which provide opportunities to widen your student connections within and across all year groups.

Medic Parent scheme

MedSoc coordinate a Medic Parent scheme, pairing each first-year student with a second-year student, who will act as your mentor for the year and help you settle into medical school. A 'meet the parents' event will be held during Medic Freshers Week to meet your medic parents and your medic siblings in person.

Wilderness Society
MedSoc raising money for Cancer Research
HYMS hockey team
Medicine students in ED at Hull Royal Infirmary
Student on placement in a GP surgery

Looking after your health

Register with a GP

It is important that all students are registered with a local GP when they start at medical school. This is so that you can get timely advice and support in the event that you are unwell. This is particularly important for any students with long term health conditions that require regular review.

If you have a disability or health condition

If you have an existing disability including health condition, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible as there is a lot of disability support available to you within the Hull York Medical School student support services and our universities. The earlier you make us aware of your disability including health condition the sooner we can arrange for appropriate support. Please contact us:

If you have a health condition that needs specialist review you should discuss with your specialist how best to ensure that you can get the support and advice you need while at medical school. This might be by arranging appointments during the holidays or being referred to a local specialist near Hull or York if you usually live some distance from the medical school.

You may also find the following useful resources from our universities:

University of York disability support and advice

University of Hull disability support

Finance and budgeting

Fees, living expenses and managing your money

Planning ahead will make it easier to manage your finances while studying. 

The following university resources provide information about Student Finance and tuition fees, as well as lots of additional tips to manage your money.

University of York – Finance

University of Hull – Fees and finance

Financial support and funds

Both universities provide guidance about financial support and funds:

University of Hull financial support

University of York student support fund

Hull York Medical School Bursary

If you're a UK student joining our MBBS Medicine or Medicine with a Gateway Year programme and your residual household income is £25,000 or less, you qualify for the Hull York Medical School Bursary - an award of £2,400 per year.

Your university automatically awards the Bursary to eligible students who, in their Student Finance application, have ticked the box giving permission to share relevant information with their university. If you are eligible for the bursary and not given permission, then we encourage you to contact Student Finance as soon as possible.

Student with a child and parent in a GP surgery
Medical students with a GP at Brough GP Surgery, East Yorkshire
Member of staff offering support to student

Student support

We are committed to delivering a high standard of support to all students, whatever your stage of study and location. This means you will always be able to freely access confidential student support throughout your medical studies. 

Find out more about how we can support you.

Contact us

If you have queries about starting your studies at Hull York Medical School, please contact:

Programme Delivery Team
+44 (0)1482 463121 (Hull campus)
+44 (0)1904 321360
(York campus)