FAQs for applicants

Key information and Student Life

What are the term dates and other key university dates?

Most of our courses run from September to June or July, although term dates vary slightly by course and year of study. You will be given your timetable x weeks before starting your course.

Can students find part-time work while studying?

Students may be able to manage a part-time job alongside their studies, however this will depend on your timetable and workload. Because of the varied nature of our courses, students may find that casual work provides the most flexibility.

St George’s has a well-developed Student Ambassador scheme which provides flexible work for many of our students. This can range from giving directions at Open Days and leading campus tours to visit schools to deliver workshops and training.

It is important to keep in mind that most of our students spend a large amount of time on placement. During placement periods, they will be expected to be available full-time and this can limit their availability for part-time work.

If you choose to work alongside your studies, it’s important to find a balance and to ensure that you always put your studies first.


What will my first week be like?

Students usually move into their accommodation the weekend before the term starts. Our Students' Union organises a fantastic welcome for new students with lots of great events as part of Freshers Week. These will include meet and greets, club nights, parties at the Students’ Union bar on campus and the popular Freshers Fayre, where our clubs and societies show you what they’ve got to offer.

During this week, you will also have induction lectures and classes with your tutors and course mates.


How will I learn at St George’s?

Our courses involve a range of different teaching and learning methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) and case-based learning (CBL)
  • Practical exercises
  • Labs
  • Placement


Does St George’s have on-campus sports facilities?

St George’s has its own sports centre, the Robert Lowe Sports Centre and gym located on campus. It offers excellent rates for students and staff, and boasts specialist spaces for cardiovascular training, free weights, fixed resistance and rowing, as well as the main sports hall and squash court. Activities and fitness classes are also offered at the sports centre.

Our sports clubs also train at Tooting's Leisure Centre as well as other locations around London. Our Students’ Union has several different sports clubs you can join, and if your sport isn’t represented, you can start your own club!


How do I become a member of St George’s Students’ Union?

When students join St George’s, they become automatic members of the Students’ Union, the recognised body which represents all our students. As well as boasting great facilities such as the SU bar, dance studio, music room and rec room, the Union offers volunteering opportunities, events, activities and advice for students.


I’m nervous about university life. Is there somewhere I can get help and advice?

Our Student Centre is on hand to support students in a range of different ways. Our team of advisers offer advice covering matters such as student finance, tuition fees, exams and assessment, accommodation, disability, appeals and complaints, admissions, international advice, careers, student life and wellbeing, and getting around Tooting and the local area.

Tel: + (44) 020 8266 6344
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Can I get careers advice from St George’s?

Our careers advice service within the Student Centre is a member of The Careers Group, University of London and students of St George’s can access the central events organised by the group.

I’m a student with a disability – what support can I access at St George’s?

St George's warmly welcomes and supports students and staff who are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty - in fact, we were a partner in the General Medical Council’s Gateways project, helping develop guidance to encourage people with disabilities into medicine. Our advisors are here to support any student or potential student with a disability or specific needs.

Can I contact my tutors for support with my studies?

All students have access to a personal tutor to act as an academic point of contact and support. Personal tutors offer regular meetings, provide advice, support and feedback on academic and progress issues, and support students if they experience difficulties with academic or welfare matters.


Do you offer any other resources to help with my studies?

We offer a range of learning support services for students to support their study on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We add lecture audio recordings to our Virtual Learning Environment to give better student access. Students benefit from a Royal Literary Fund’s Writing Fellow who can help them develop writing skills. Our Essential Skills Programme offers A-Level catch up teaching in biology, chemistry, physics and numeracy. We also provide support to students for whom English is a second language.


Is there any support for students with children?

Our Student Parents Association (SPA) is on hand to provide support and guidance for students juggling study with parenthood. Although studying a demanding healthcare degree alongside parental responsibilities can be challenging, our SPA members are a shining example of how it can be done.The association meets monthly so if you’re a parent, or thinking of having children, going along is a great way of meeting other students in a similar situation. For more information, or if you have any queries about studying at George’s as a parent, you can email the association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is there support for international students?

St George’s has a dedicated advisory service for international students, offering everything from visa information and English language support to money advice. We also have a very active International Students' Society within the Students’ Union, which organises events on a regular basis.

What other services are available to me as a St George’s student?

Counselling: Although studying is very rewarding, we know that, at times, it can be stressful. To help you get through any difficulties that may be affecting your life, we offer a confidential counselling service available to all students.

Faith: Open to students and staff of all faiths (or non-faith), the St George's Chaplaincy represents the main faith communities on campus. Our Students’ Union also has a number of faith societies that provide students with an opportunity to support each other spiritually, discuss and debate faith issues and hold events.

Mentoring: St George's has a tradition of mentoring incoming students, where new students are supported by established ones and helped to settle in.

Parents and guardians: Advice to parents or guardians of students who are joining St George’s is provided through our Student Centre.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:51