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:

  • 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.

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

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Click here to contact the NHS and arrange for a test.
  2. Email informing the University that you have symptoms.
  3. Email your programme convenor. Their details can be found here.
  4. You will also need to report your absence to the University by completing an Absence Form via the Attendance Monitoring System (AMS). Students with specific visa and immigration requirements will be supported fully by the UKVI Team.
  5. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result. Please note, you can only leave your home to have a test. 

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.

We will notify the others in your flat by email and phone that they must self-isolate too. We will make all reasonable efforts to not disclose who has contacted us as having symptoms or a positive test.


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

You must self-isolate for 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

The 14 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 14 days from when their symptoms start

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

At the moment there are some international students who will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK.

If you are required to quarantine we will house you in separate ensuite accommodation on the campus before relocating you after the required period to your permanent halls. These ?ats will have full services provided, including food, for the two weeks.

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.

If I book my accommodation but if I change my mind at a later date, can I cancel?  

The University’s revised accommodation contract allows for flexibility with the start and end dates if you are unable to travel to the University to occupy the accommodation due to COVID-19.   

If you are looking to start in January instead of September, you will be able to this, but you will need to reapply for the room nearer the time.   

Can I use the lift in my accommodation?   

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

Will the social spaces in accommodation be open?  

Yes, social spaces will be open. The number of people using the space will be limited, however, depending on the size of the space.   

There will be sanitation points available in these spaces.   

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.