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 have developed 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.
If you're moving into university-managed accommodation, you will receive an email from Accommodation Services before you arrive with information on what you need to know/do before you arrive.
Note: If you're moving to private accommodation, you should contact your landlord to make arrangements for a safe stay.
COVID-19 update – heightened restrictions
In response to the new, highly transmissible strain of the COVID-19 virus, the Scottish Government has announced new restrictions. These are intended to reduce the movement and interaction of people as much as possible. This has implications for those planning to travel to campus. This is only allowed under exceptional circumstances until restrictions are eased.
Restrictions summary – 18 January 2021
- Everyone should study and work from home unless this is not possible.
- 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.
- All teaching will be online until at least the end of February and likely into March. There are a small number of limited exceptions where critical teaching/placement cannot be completed online.
- Students should remain in their current households until restrictions are lifted, or in the very few exceptional circumstances where there is face-to-face teaching/placements or there is a serious wellbeing concern.
- This semester can be completed fully online from home.
- Students whose international travel arrangements cannot be changed/delayed are permitted to return.
- You must have a negative test 72-hours prior to departure. Find out more about the types of test permitted and test providers.
- Travel corridors have been suspended. This means all international arrivals must quarantine (self-isolate) on arrival 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, 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 10 days. 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 email@example.com.