How to self-isolate (quarantine)
Preparing for self-isolation
Everyone should plan ahead so they know what to do if they have to self-isolate. This means staying in for 14 days without leaving your residence. There are lots of things you can’t do or that are harder to do when you have to stay inside and minimise contact with others.
It’s a good idea to think about these things before you have to do it. Things you need to consider:
- What you'll need if you have to stay at home for 14 days
- Who you need to notify, and how to do that
- How you’ll access food and essential supplies
- Making sure you have internet access for essential deliveries, communication with others, study and/or work
- How you’ll cook/eat in a house with others
- How you’ll do laundry
- How you’ll clean your residence and dispose of rubbish
- Things you can do when you’re stuck inside
- Who you can contact if you need extra support
Tip: It can help to write these things down so you can easily remind yourself if you're unwell.
Self-isolation guidance for everyone
If you have to self-isolate, you need to stay in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. This can include:
- your own accommodation – university-managed or private
- staying with friends or family (if there already)
- a hotel or other temporary accommodation
You must not have any visitors unless they are providing:
- emergency assistance
- care or assistance, including personal care
- medical assistance
- certain critical public services
Stay separate from other people and minimise time in common areas
Order food/essentials online, or have them dropped at your door
Cover coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands regularly
Disinfect touch points regularly (handles, switches etc)
Open your windows for fresh air
Handle laundry, cooking, and waste disposal separately
Look after your mental health
Leave your home, except for emergencies, medical reasons or COVID testing
Have visitors in your home
Walk outside, other than in your own garden
Go to any public places
Use public transport
Share items with others (food, dishes, towels, cloths, bedding etc)
There are lots of online supermarkets that will deliver your groceries to your flat and food outlets that deliver takeaway food.
Off-campus supermarket delivery
Most big supermarkets offer a delivery service. You will need to create an account. Shop online at:
Delivery services like Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo offer non-contact delivery. They can be accessed via apps or on a web browser.
On-campus supermarket delivery
Our onsite supermarket, Nisa, has an online delivery service available for residents on campus. You will need to register to use this service. As with other online shopping services, you can make your selections and then have them delivered to your flat/building for a small fee of £3.
To access on-campus delivery:
- Visit snappyshopper.co.uk
- search FK9 4LA postcode (The University postcode) and you’ll see Nisa, University of Stirling
- Select items
- Type ‘contact-free delivery, self-isolation’ along with your contact number in the ‘leave a note’ box
- Complete purchase
NHS inform provides quality healthcare advice and information.
If you are unwell and need healthcare whilst self-isolating, call NHS 24 on 111 for advice. Do not visit your GP surgery or a pharmacy.
In the event of a medical emergency, call 999 and tell the operator you are self-isolating.
Even if you are well, you must make healthcare arrangements. You need to register with a doctor as soon as possible after you arrive.
The GP practice on campus is Airthrey Park Medical Centre and you can register with them online.
Looking after your mental health
Self-isolating can be lonely, scary and frustrating. Looking after your wellbeing is as important as looking after your body. It’s important that you know how to access support if you’re not feeling your best.
Mental health resources
Togetherall is a digital mental health support service. It’s available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
There are also useful resources you can work through, including tailored self-help courses on anxiety, sleep, depression and more.
This service is available to all students and staff. Find out more about Togetherall.
NHS – Every Mind Matters
There are lots of resources on the NHS Every Mind Matters hub. It has expert advice and practical tips to look after your mental health and wellbeing, with lots of advice on coping during the Coronavirus pandemic, including advice for parents and carers.
Mind coronavirus wellbeing hub
The mental health charity Mind has lots of tips and advice on things you can do to look after your wellbeing during self-isolation. You can find this on their Coronavirus and your wellbeing hub
Extra self-isolation information and advice for students
The following information is specifically for students. It covers accessing your studies, getting involved with online University activities, support from Student Services, and advice for students in University accommodation.
If you have to self-isolate after your course has started, you can access course materials and resources through our online learning platforms. Learn more about the resources available and how you will be taught.
You can also find helpful information about online welcome events and induction sessions taking place to help you get started at Stirling.
Although you cannot leave your accommodation during self-isolation and will be in your room most of the time, you can still get involved with our online activities.
- Get involved in our programme of social, health and wellbeing, learning and cultural activities online
- Learn more about welcome events and induction sessions taking place to help you get started
- Access online resources to keep you well and connected.
- Find out about your Students’ Union and the various clubs and societies you can join when your self-isolation is over
- Complete your Stirling Essentials programme to help you settle into studying at Stirling
The Student Services Hub brings lots of services together to help solve problems you might have. You can access a range of services through a single point of contact. This includes Mental Health and Wellbeing, Accessibility and Inclusion, Money Advice and Spiritual Support.
Contact the Student Services Hub:
Information on what you need to do if you must self-isolate in University accommodation:
Using the kitchen
Only leave your room to use shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Follow the guidance around cleaning shared areas.
Store your food and kitchen items safely in cupboards and fridges provided – you may wish to keep your plates, cutlery, etc. in your room. Only enter the kitchen to cook your food, when no one else is in it.
Eat in your room and return to the kitchen only to wash up your plates. Dry them with a towel only used by you. You should organise a rota for kitchen access with your flatmates.
Using shared bathrooms
If you use a shared bathroom, clean it each time before and after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using a strong household disinfectant.
Bed linen and laundry
You will not be able to visit the laundry until the end of your self-isolation period. Keep all dirty laundry until after your isolation. It must be kept in a sealed laundry bag for 72 hours before being removed for washing, once your isolation has ended. We will provide you with an extra set of bed linen. All students will have a duvet, pillow and two sets of bedding provided.
You will be given a welcome pack with some basic food items to keep you going until you set up an online grocery order.
Access to food
You cannot leave your accommodation, even to buy food. Find out more about how to get food when you are self-isolating.
Many essential services you need when self-isolating are accessed online. If you are in university accommodation, you can access the free University wifi network.
- connect your devices to the University wi-fi network
- Read useful information to help you get set up and stay safe online
If you do not comply with self-isolation measures
Failure to comply with the self-isolation measures mean you could be fined up to £480 under the Scottish Government’s Health Protection Regulations. If you put others at risk, your accommodation contract could be terminated and you will need to leave University accommodation.
Extra advice for international arrivals
Unless you are travelling to the UK from an exempt country, you cannot leave your accommodation for 14 days after arriving. This rule applies whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
If you are a student, you may be asked about your plans in your visa application interview. It’s important that you read this page thoroughly to make sure you understand what you need to do. You should also read our self-isolation information for international arrivals.
If you have recently arrived in the UK and develop symptoms whilst isolating
If you do develop symptoms during your arrival quarantine period, there are extra steps you must take to keep yourself and others safe.
Look for any of the following symptoms in the 14 days after you arrive in the UK:
- new continuous cough
- high temperature
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms (however mild), continue to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the start of your symptoms. If you have less than 14 days left of your quarantine period, and you develop symptoms, you must isolate for the full 14 days from the point you fell ill.
If one person in a household falls ill, everyone must isolate
If you are staying with others and you develop symptoms, the whole household you are staying with will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Students sharing a University flat are a household.
Example of self-isolation period if you have developed symptoms
You have been self-isolating for 7 days. You fall ill on day 7. You must then self-isolate for 14 days. You can leave your accommodation (if you are symptom-free) on day 22.