ESC Student app

ESC Student screenshot

"Reliable, relevant health advice for young adults who want to look after themselves and use medical services wisely"

(Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Wellbeing Expert, Buzz Consulting, Bristol and former Director, University of Bristol Students' Health Service)


Available for download on the app store Android app on Google play


The FREE ESC Student app supports 6th form and university students in looking after their mental and physical health. 

As a student, you need access to good information, so that you can make the best choices about your health and be in control of your wellbeing.

While googling symptoms is popular, it can feel overwhelming, confusing and worrying - especially when you land on poor-quality (or even dangerous) websites.

That's why we believe in using mobile app technology to make it really easy for you to access reliable health information on-the-go.


Great health advice - only a few taps away

ESC Student is:

  • TRUSTED: Written by practising NHS doctors with the help of students and experts in student health from the University of Bristol (we're also certified by the NHS England Information Standard)
  • RELIABLE: The app provides relevant, clear and credible health information that you can easily access in private 24/7 (no need to be online) - without the jargon
  • USEFUL: We give you hundreds of links to the best and most reliable other sources of information (which you might otherwise not find) and where you can go for further advice and support


Supported by UK policy

The app has been endorsed by the UK Higher Education Policy Institute:

"We recommend that higher education institutions advertise the ESC Student app and encourage its use."

(The invisible problem - improving students' mental health. HEPI Report 88, p. 47, Sep 2016)


Is the app safe, and has it been tested?

ESC Student has been independently reviewed and rated by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA), scoring 100% on 'value' and 0% on 'risk' (see below, click to enlarge).

Screenshot of score for clinical assurance and efficacy by ORCHA

The app is currently undergoing further evaluation at Welsh universities by the Hywel Dda Health Board (funded by the Bevan Commission).


How does the app work?

Watch a short (2 min) video - created by members of our student team - to find out how ESC Student can answer your health questions in seconds:


What does the app cover?

Containing over 900 easily accessible pages, ESC Student provides information and advice on over 125 physical and mental health topics:

  • Emergencies – learn the truth about life-threatening illnesses, how to give first aid and when to call for an ambulance
  • General ill health - tackle sleep problems, feeling stressed and constant tiredness
  • Mental health – find out what to do when you feel low or anxious, self-harm or feel suicidal
  • Common ailments and physical symptoms – get to the bottom of headaches, find out how to treat spots, and manage common aches and pains
  • Love, sex and relationships - learn about effective contraception, healthy relationships and spotting abuse
  • Alcohol & Drugs - recognise the dangers of substance misuse and addictions
  • Healthy living - appreciate the importance of a healthy diet and staying physically fit
  • Travel and fun - how how to stay safe and healthy on your travels
  • Long-term conditions - learn to live with diabetes, asthma and epilepsy and know how to cope with variations in ability
  • Safety - stay safe on campus, enjoy nights out, and be travel-smart
  • Navigating health services –  know when and how to access health professionals such as your pharmacist, nurse or doctor
  • Useful links – get fast access to hundreds of links to useful and reliable sources of further information


Providing university branding and customisation

We can add a branded page for your university or college to the app with links to your local support pages.

Customisation ESC Student

Learn more about how we can support:

For more information please contact us.


ESC Student app logo

ESC Student is free to download on the Apple App Store (iPod, iPhone) and Google Play (Android).


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