Accommodation and COVID-19
Our priority is to make you feel safe and settled in your home – whether on campus or in university-managed accommodation. We have developed guidance to make shared living, study and social spaces safer.
If you're moving into university-managed accommodation, you will receive an email from Accommodation Services with information on what you need to know/do before you arrive.
Note: If you're moving to private accommodation, contact your landlord to make arrangements for a safe stay.
All of mainland Scotland is under level 4 restrictions. Staff and students should continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance.
- This semester can be completed online from home.
- Students who have not yet returned to term-time accommodation should remain in their current household until Government restrictions are eased
- Those in the shielding category should not come to campus at all.
- Those who are clinically vulnerable (though not on the shielding list) must complete a risk assessment before travelling to campus. Contact your dean/director to make these arrangements.
- Students whose international travel arrangements cannot be changed/delayed are permitted to return.
- If, for essential purposes, you must return to campus accommodation, (for example your home location is unsuitable for study or you need to access health and wellbeing support), you must notify us before you travel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can understand your circumstances and provide support.
- You must have a negative test 72-hours before departure. Find out more about the types of test permitted and test providers.
- All international arrivals must quarantine (self-isolate) for 10 days, regardless of proof of a negative pre-departure test.
You can find more information about the University's response to the restrictions on our regularly-updated Coronavirus page.
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
- Social distancing and what is expected if there is a case of Coronavirus 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 support you here.
Before you arrive, our teams will work with you to develop a personal Coronavirus plan, so any adaptations required are noted .
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 directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland including a requirement for managed isolation on arrival in a quarantine hotel. If you are travelling from overseas into another part of the UK, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government red list – please check the UK government website.
In the event of a lockdown
In the event of a future lockdown, you will be able to terminate your accommodation contract by giving 28 days' notice.
This is in line with the latest government legislation.
During a lockdown, the Accommodation Services frontline team will support you.
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 tell Accommodation Services before your accommodation start date.
Get in touch
If you have any questions relating to accommodation and coronavirus please contact email@example.com.
Cleaning and laundry
If self-isolating, you will be unable to use communal laundry areas. Housekeeping are not permitted to service your apartment. We will support you in other ways.