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SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS

We want all of our residents to feel comfortable in their relationships and not subject to any pressure from their peers or partners to behave in a particular way. The legal age for all sexual relationships in the UK for both men and women is 16 and you may find that attitudes to sex are different to those in your home country, eg in the UK it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of their sexual orientation.

If you are sexually active, you should practise safe sex and use contraception consistently to avoid unplanned pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). You can obtain free contraception at your University’s Students Union, from your local Family Planning Centre or from your GP. Appointments with a doctor or nurse about contraception are free and confidential.

If you did not use contraception or if you think it might have failed, you should seek advice on emergency contraception from your GP or pharmacist as soon as possible. Access some useful help and advice on the Family Planning Association website: or from the NHS