Accommodation and COVID-19

Our priority is to make you feel safe and settled in your home – whether on campus or in nearby university-managed accommodation. We are developing guidance to make shared living, study and social spaces safer.

Staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone's job. Our whole community must follow the public health guidance.

Note: If you're moving to private accommodation, you should contact your landlord to make arrangements for a safe stay.

If you're moving in to university-managed accommodation, you will receive an email from Accommodation Services before you arrive.

Community code

Before you arrive, you'll be asked to agree to the Community Code for university accommodation. This will focus on personal and household hygiene, maintaining shared areas of your flat, as well as social distancing and what is expected if there is a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in your household.

If you have underlying health issues

If you have underlying medical conditions, let us know during the application process. The Accommodation Allocations Policy prioritises students with medical needs. Accommodation Services will work with Accessibility and Inclusion to make sure you are supported.

Our teams will work with you to develop a personal Coronavirus (COVID-19) plan, so any adaptations required are noted before you arrive. This will include support to minimise the risk of infection, an action plan for if a flatmate has symptoms, and what to do if you become infected. 

Quarantine for students arriving from outside the UK

If you are travelling to the United Kingdom from another country, you may need to self-isolate (quarantine) for two weeks. Read our detailed guidance about how to self-isolate and our self-isolation information for international arrivals.

In the event of a lockdown 

In line with the latest legislation, in the event of a future lockdown, you will be able to terminate your accommodation contract by giving 28 days notice.

If you stay in university accommodation during a lockdown, you will be supported by the Accommodation Services frontline team.

Accommodation application deadline

The guarantee deadline has passed but don’t worry we still have accommodation available, on and off campus. You can apply now via the link on your portal.


If you are unable to travel and need to cancel your accommodation, you will receive a refund on your rent pre-payment. To be eligible, you must advise Accommodation Services prior to your accommodation start date. 

Get in touch

If you have any other questions relating to accommodation and Coronavirus (COVID-19) please contact