Coronavirus: Accommodation

How is the University making sure that my accommodation is as safe as possible?

The University has put in in place a wide range of new measures, to ensure our accommodation is safe for you to live in and enjoy. This includes enhanced cleaning, isolation plans for students who show symptoms, and will be complemented by our extensive measures around campus. These include:

  • Testing for all students returning to campus in January and February (further information on this can be found here
  • all teaching and social spaces is COVID-secure, in line with the latest government guidelines on social distancing
  • enhanced cleaning across campus, including teaching spaces, places of worship, social areas, the Library, diners and in student accommodation (such as kitchens and other communal areas)
  • reception desks and student-facing contact points, including counters in shops and catering facilities, have screens and sanitation points installed
  • enhanced provision of hand sanitisers across campus
  • social distancing measures in place in our Library and revised procedures, including returned books being quarantined for 72 hours before being shelved
  • new access and one-way pedestrian routes introduced around the University, designed to ensure safe passage around all buildings when the campus reopens
  • Face coverings are mandatory in all shared indoor spaces at the University, unless there are legitimate circumstances or age, health or disability related reasons not to wear a face covering, as stated on the government website here. Face coverings are not required when eating, drinking or using the gym. In University accommodation, please follow the same practices as you would at home. Face coverings are not required within a single flat as each flat is treated as an individual household.
  • Students living on campus are required to take a covid test twice a week at our on-site asymptomatic testing centre. 

What happens if I develop any of the main symptoms of coronavirus whilst in University accommodation? 

Email who will arrange for a test kit to be delivered to your flat. You must follow all of the instructions included within the test kit and register it fully. The kit includes packaging to return it. The kit will be delivered to your either on the same day or within 24 hours. You should complete the kit and place it outside of the main door of your flat before 1pm where it will be collected and returned.

You must stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result. Anyone you live with must also stay at home until you get your result. You should make all efforts to inform those you live with that they must self-isolate until your test results are known.

When you notify the University, we will make our support services aware that you are now in self-isolation and we will email you with details of support available.

My flatmate has symptoms. Do I need to self-isolate too? 

You must self-isolate for 10 days if you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus. This is because it can take 10 days for symptoms to appear.

The 10 days starts from:

  • when the first person in your home started having symptoms
  • the day they were tested, if they have not had symptoms – but if they get symptoms after they were tested, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when their symptoms start

I am an international student – what happens if I need to quarantine on arrival?

During this period of time, you will have the ability to undertake your studies online, and have online student life activities available, until you are able to join activities physically.

If you plan to live on campus, we will be providing dedicated residences, with support services, on-campus for students required to quarantine, with facilities and support services in place to ensure you have the best possible experience.

Will I be able to use the kitchen facilities in my accommodation? 

Students will be able to use their kitchens. Students will be guided to information and training on coronavirus.

Can I use the lift in my accommodation?   

Yes- lifts can be used, provided the displayed instructions are followed. 

Will I have to adhere to social distancing guidelines when in University-managed accommodation?   

You and your flatmates will be considered a household, and therefore they will not have to socially distance within your flat (unless you choose to).  

Please do follow social distancing rules when you are out and about, however. 

Find out about our accommodation options.