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How do I order medicines and prescriptions?

Ordering other essential items


Prescriptions and medicines

If you need to order medicine you may be able to do so from local supermarkets or online pharmacies. This is known as over the counter medication. Other medications can only be obtained with a prescription issued by a doctor.

To speak to a doctor you need to be registered at a GP's practice. We have a Health Centre on campus where you will need to register if you are a new student. If a GP decides that you need medication they will issue you with a prescription. Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically. You have two choices for how this works:

  • You can choose a local pharmacy for your prescriptions to go to electronically
  • You can decide each time where you would like your prescription to be dispensed. For this to work you need a paper copy which you collect in person.

If you are on campus, we recommend you access support from two local pharmacies:

  • Michael W Phillips Chemists - based on campus in the Students' Union Building but have limited opening hours. Michael W Phillips Chemists do not offer delivery, but they do allow your friends not in self-isolation to collect on your behalf
  • Boots Cannon Park - this is near to the Tesco supermarket

It is important when ordering from Boots that you use your campus postcode - CV4 7ES if on campus. Please note Boots offer a delivery service at an additional cost.

If you do experience difficulties picking up your prescriptions and medicines, please let your residential tutor know.

As a student at university you will need to pay for your own prescription medication if you are 19 years old or over. More information can be found on the NHS website if you are entitled to free prescriptions.


Health and beauty

If you want to order pharmacy, health and beauty products that are not available for delivery via supermarkets, you may wish to use:


Other essentials

If you cannot order essential items from the online supermarkets you may also wish to consider: 

  • UniKitOut - this website provides a wide range of different starter packs of essential items for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The University has negotiated a 10% discount for students if you use the code WARWICK10 before completing your order. These packs can be delivered to your University residence or to any other address that you enter. You may be asked to enter your University ID number.
  • Wilko - they also offer home delivery.