Health and Safety

Your health and safety are a priority at the University of Texas. These guidelines can help you have stay safe and well during your studies in Austin.

University Health Services (UHS)

UHS provides general medical care, sports medicine, women's health care, immunizations and allergy shots, travel health services, physical therapy, and health promotion services.

To use UHS, you must be an enrolled student. Most office visits cost $5. This charge is higher for physical exams, annual women’s health exams, initial travel health appointments, visits with a registered dietitian, and visits to the Urgent Care Clinic on Saturdays and holidays. There are charges for all medications, supplies, and procedures used to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries - you can view all charges on the UHS page.

The UHS 24-hour Nurse Advice Line nurses can provide you with information any time of the day or night about how to care for an illness or injury at home and/or can tell you whether or not you should see a doctor.

Appointments are available during the following times by calling (512) 471-4955 or scheduling online:


Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm

UHS Urgent Care Clinic

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:30pm

Sat: 11:00am-3:00pm

Hours may change on holidays and during semester breaks and summer sessions.

Forty Acres Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy)

The Forty Acres Pharmacy is located in the Student Services Building. You can fill prescriptions there or transfer most prescriptions from another pharmacy in the United States. You can request a refill for a valid prescription that has been previously filled at the Forty Acres Pharmacy online, over the phone, or at the pharmacy. To contact the pharmacy, call (512) 471-1824.

Insurance and the Student Health Insurance Plan

The Student Health Insurance Plan is an optional plan with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas designed to provide affordable healthcare for UT students. It is approved by The University of Texas System. For more information, call the Student Health Insurance representative at (512) 475-8394 or visit BCBS online.

UHS and the Forty Acres Pharmacy accept the Student Health Insurance Plan and many other types of insurance. UHS does not accept insurance from companies based outside of the U.S., HMO (health maintenance organization) plans, or government plans like Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, etc. For details on using insurance at UHS, click “Insurance” at

After Hours Medical Care
MedSpring Urgent Care
2120 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705-5516
(512) 861-8030

Mon-Sun: 9:00am-9:00pm

Pro Med Medical Care Center
3801 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704-7943
(512) 447-9661

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-10:00pm
Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sun: closed

Saint David’s Medical Center
919 E. 32nd Street
Austin, TX 78705

Emergency room 24hrs, Daily


Call 911 for emergencies and immediate help. Police, firemen or an ambulance should arrive within minutes of your call.

Call 311 for non-emergency assistance from the police.


Locate the closest hospital to your home and learn how to get to it. In case of manageable emergencies, it will save you time and stress.

Self Defense

The University of Texas Police offer a free class for women called The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system. You can have more information or register at

Safety Guidelines

  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Don't open the door for anyone unless you recognize the person.
  • Don't put your name or address on your keys.
  • If you lose your keys, ask for the locks to be replaced.
  • Have a working smoke detector and a fire extinguisher.
  • Always lock your doors and windows before leaving home.
  • Don't walk alone at night.
  • Carry your keys in your hands. You are more vulnerable when looking for your keys at the door.
  • Let your residence manager know if you'll be gone for an extended time.
  • Lock your doors before you leave it.
  • Don't leave exposed items in your car.
  • Carry your keys in your hands when you are going back to your car.
  • Try to park in a well-lit area.
  • Check the back seat before getting in your car.

Apartment Complex Safety

If you want to know what kind of crimes are being reported in your apartment complex, you can check the Austin Police Department report.