Student travel insurance

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What is student travel insurance?

Student travel insurance is just travel insurance that’s tailored especially for students. Travelling as a student can be a great way to visit new countries and experience new cultures.

You’ll need student travel insurance if you’re going abroad to study, work as part of your course, or volunteer. You can also use it if you’re a student and you’re just going away for some time out, perhaps city hopping or island hopping with friends.

The main difference between travel insurance for students and regular travel insurance is that you can usually go away for longer on a student policy.

Travel insurance for students studying abroad isn’t a legal requirement. The same applies to travel insurance for students working abroad.

But it’s something you should consider getting for your own protection, in case the worst happened while you were travelling. Having student travel insurance in place can give you both peace of mind and financial security.

Double check the policy you’re looking at to make sure it covers you for study, work, volunteering, or whatever else you plan to do on your travels. How to find the right travel insurance for students

When looking for the best student travel insurance policy, you should think about:

  • What type of cover you need

  • What you want cover for

  • How much cover you want

  • Where you’re travelling to

  • The length of your trip

  • Comparing quotes.

What student travel insurance can cover

Travel insurance for students can cover you for all sorts of eventualities. Think about what you’d like to be covered for if something went wrong while you were abroad.

Student travel insurance may cover:

  • Injury or illness: Your insurer covers your medical costs if you fall ill or have an accident while you’re abroad.

  • Baggage: Your insurer covers the cost of any luggage that goes missing or gets damaged in transit. Remember that you won’t be covered if you leave your luggage unattended.

  • Personal possessions: Your insurer reimburses you for replacing items that get lost or damaged while you’re abroad.

  • Trip cancellation, curtailment or delays: You can claim if you are unable to travel to your destination or if your trip gets cut short. For example if you had to have an emergency medical procedure and couldn’t fly, or if your flight got delayed or cancelled. This would also cover you if something happened that meant you had to fly home earlier than planned.

  • Repatriation: Your insurer covers the cost of getting you home

Check your student travel insurance quotes carefully to make sure the cover you need is included in the policy you’re looking at.

Check your trip details

Knowing the length of your trip will help you find the right student travel insurance policy for your needs.

Work out how many days you’ll be overseas for, and then check if your quotes will cover the full duration of your trip.

Also think about how often you’ll travel. There are different types of cover available:

  • Single trip cover will cover just one trip of a specific length, such as up to 100 days.

  • Multi-trip cover will cover you for multiple trips made in a 12-month period.

  • Backpacker cover will cover you for longer trips. It’s ideal for people doing a gap year or can be a good type of travel insurance for students studying abroad or working abroad.

  • Sports travel cover or extreme sports travel cover will cover you for sporting trips. This could include skiing, horse riding or scuba diving.

Find out more about whether you should you get single trip or annual student travel insurance?

Can I travel anywhere with student travel insurance?

Generally, with student travel insurance, USA, Europe and Australia are common destinations. Especially if you choose worldwide student travel insurance.

Some travel insurance for students may only cover Europe.

The important thing is to check that all the countries you plan to visit on your trip are included in your student travel insurance policy. Don’t forget to check any countries that you’re stopping over in too, or passing through.

Find the right deal and check for exclusions

Compare several student travel insurance quotes to find the right one for you. Check the terms and conditions carefully so you’re aware of any exclusions.

Typical exclusions on travel insurance for students include:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions

  • Age

  • Restricted countries

  • Extreme sports

  • Accidents linked to alcohol or drugs

  • Some job roles, whether paid or unpaid – usually manual labour.

What else to look out for when it comes to student travel insurance

  • Don’t forget to check current advice from the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. If they deem any of your destinations unsafe to travel to, and you decide to travel anyway, you could invalidate your insurance.

  • Double check that your policy covers you for the type of work or volunteering you plan to do while you’re away. If you plan to work or volunteer, you might find backpacker insurance more useful. It all depends on what kind of work you’re doing. Some policies don’t cover manual work, for example.

  • Make sure you can afford any excess that needs to be paid if you make a claim. If you can’t afford it, it’s likely that your insurer will reject your claim.

  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, make sure you declare these before you take out insurance.

  • Check your policy documents carefully. Make sure your details are correct, otherwise your policy may be invalid.

  • It’s a good idea to take out student travel insurance as soon as you know you’re going away. Having it in place means you can claim if the trip is cancelled.

  • Remember to look after yourself and your belongings. Just because you’ve got travel insurance in place, it doesn’t mean you can be careless. You need to make sure you always have your wits about you and never leave your belongings unattended.

If you have a pre-existing condition, you can still get a quote through These conditions could include cancer, stroke, serious heart, respiratory and terminal conditions.

Some insurers might not cover you if you already have a serious medical condition, or if you have a number of conditions. Others might only offer insurance at a much higher price. If you're unable to find suitable cover, the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) has also set up a directory of insurers willing to cover customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

You can contact the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) or you can telephone 0800 138 7777.

Student travel insurance FAQs

No, certain countries may be excluded. Check your quote or contact your insurer to find out if your destination is covered.

Yes, having your documents with you is useful as they contain information about your cover and instructions for making a claim.

No, student travel insurance is not a legal requirement. However, it can protect you against expensive bills if something happens abroad.

Yes, European Health Insurance Cards only cover medical treatment while in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Last updated: 13 October, 2021

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