Arriving at your accommodation

All you need to know about arriving at your University accommodation.

Please plan your travel carefully taking into account the latest government guidance for COVID-19 and remember that Scottish government guidance may be different from the rest of the UK.

COVID-19 guidance

  • If you are travelling to Stirling from a country on the green, amber or red list then check the Scottish Government webpages for guidance on what you need to do before you travel.
  • If you have been away from campus for some time and intend to return, please notify us on accommodation@stir.ac.uk so we can understand your circumstances and provide support.
  • Those who are clinically vulnerable (including those on the shielding list) must complete a risk assessment before travelling to campus. Contact your dean/director to make these arrangements.

You can find more information about the University's response to the restrictions on our regularly-updated Coronavirus page.

Coming to University accommodation

There are currently extra considerations for coming to University accommodation to help keep the community safe. This includes making sure any student arrivals are planned and staggered.

All students will need to book their arrival slot.

Taking a COVID-19 test before coming to university 

The Scottish Government is encouraging students starting or returning to university in Scotland to make sure they have tested negative for COVID-19 before forming a new student household in university or private accommodation by booking a PCR test or using Lateral Flow Device self-test kits.  

Students coming to university in Scotland can now book a free PCR test without COVID-19 symptoms. If you live in Scotland, you can book a free PCR test by using the “How to book a test” guide on the NHS inform website. If you live elsewhere in the UK, you can book a free PCR test via the gov.uk website.

Self-test Lateral Flow Device kits are available for free from pharmacies – find your nearest participating pharmacy. You can also order Lateral Flow Device kits for free online

Everyone in Scotland is also being encouraged to take a lateral flow test twice a week to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Once you’ve arrived at the University, you can pick up free Lateral Flow Device kits from our on-campus pharmacy and in Juniper Court, Alexander Court and Union Street Development student residences.

If you book an accommodation arrival slot and develop COVID-19 symptoms

The following applies to all students, new and existing:

If you have booked your timeslot and develop symptoms of COVID-19 when you are due to travel to Stirling, please DO NOT travel. You should self-isolate following the government guidelines and rebook a slot when it is safe for you to do so.

If you know someone in your household has developed COVID-19 symptoms or has been confirmed as having COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days, please DO NOT travel. You should self-isolate following the government guidelines and rebook a slot when it is safe for you to do so.

If you have questions about this, contact us on accommodation@stir.ac.uk and we can assist you.

Arriving at University-managed accommodation

A traffic light system has been introduced for international travel to Scotland. Read more about self-isolation (quarantine) information for international arrivals.

Book your staggered arrival slot

We will operate a carefully-managed, staggered arrival to our University accommodation over a period of several weeks. The accommodation arrival booking system will open in mid-August, and will be accessible from the accommodation dashboard in the Student Portal. Earlier arrival slots will be available for those who require to self-isolate in student managed accommodation.

Students arriving from the UK or Green list countries

Undergraduate students will be able to book an arrival timeslot from Saturday 4 September through to Sunday 19 September. Postgraduate students will be able to book a slot from 20 September to 3 October. Please do not book an earlier timeslot as these are required for students travelling from amber list countries who will need to self-isolate.

Students arriving from the Amber list countries

If you are arriving from (or through) an amber list country, the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days will depend on your vaccination status. Find out more on the Scottish Government website.

Undergraduate students from amber list countries who need to self-isolate will be able to book an arrival timeslot from Saturday 28 August through to Sunday 19 September, please try to arrive before 6 September to allow you to complete your self-isolation prior to the start of the semester. Postgraduate students from amber list countries who need to self-isolate will be able to book an arrival slot from 13 September through to 3 October, please try to arrive before 17 September to allow you to complete your self-isolation prior to the start of the semester. If you choose to arrive prior to the course start date to begin your self-isolation, you will not be charged for this period.

If you've booked University-managed accommodation and are required to self-isolate, the accommodation team will support you during your self-isolation period.

If you are an undergraduate student from an amber list country and do not need to self-isolate, if possible, you should consider booking your arrival timeslot from Saturday 4 September through to Sunday 19 September. Postgraduate students from amber list countries who do not need to self-isolate, if possible should consider booking an arrival slot from 20 September to 3 October.

Students arriving from an amber list country can use our pre-travel checklist to keep track of what they need to do before coming to Stirling.

Students arriving from the Red list countries

You will require to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights before you can move into your term time accommodation.

Students arriving into Glasgow or Edinburgh airports from Scottish Government red list countries can now book to complete their 10 day (11 night) managed isolation period in University accommodation. The University will cover the costs for the on-campus managed isolation accommodation for any student beginning or returning to their studies in September 2021. Find out more and book.

If you quarantine in a Government managed quarantine hotel you should book an arrival slot after the end of your quarantine period using the booking system which you can access from your accommodation dashboard.

Students arriving from a red list country can use our to keep track of what they need to do before coming to Stirling.

If the timeslot does not suit your arrangements

If the available timeslots are not suitable (e.g. your flight arrives at 7pm and there are no corresponding slots left) let us know when you expect to arrive through the online booking system. This will allow us to prepare for your arrival.

Information about helpers

To ensure a safe arrival procedure we ask you to limit the number of helpers to one other person. That person should help you move your belongings into your room and then leave as soon as practicable. Your helper should avoid touching surfaces in the flat and use the public toilet facilities on-site if necessary. They should not use the toilet facilities in your flat.

You and your helper should wear face coverings during your arrival and move in. Remember to wash your hands often and thoroughly.

If you arrive from an Amber list country and need to self-isolate

You will self-isolate in the room that you will stay in for the whole year, so you can unpack and settle into your room.

We will provide a welcome pack for new students. It will include an extra set of bed linen, a welcome food pack (please let us know of any dietary requirements) and information that will allow you to organise the delivery of groceries to your flat. Whilst in isolation, there will be a rota in place to allow you to use the kitchen and shared toilet/shower facilities safely, without breaching any of the Government guidelines. Your flatmates will know that you are isolating for 10 days and we’ll make sure that you can meet them online.

We will check in on you by email during your isolation period to make sure that you have everything you need.

Read our detailed guide on how to self-isolate and information about self-isolation for international arrivals.

Current students returning to pick up belongings

Any student who will be required to complete a 10-day self-isolation or quarantine period on their return to student accommodation must ensure that they arrive at least 10 days prior to their end of contract date.

Private accommodation

If you're moving into private accommodation, you should contact your landlord to make arrangements for a safe stay and any self-isolation period required.

Picking up keys

Once you’ve booked your timeslot we will send you a welcome email with everything you need to know. On campus our buildings are clearly signposted and key collection points very close to your accommodation. If you arrive at an off-campus location you may have to pick up your key at one of our staffed buildings prior to going to your accommodation. 

Our reception areas will have a queuing system in place to ensure physical distancing, please be aware you may have to queue outdoors. 

Key collection points: undergraduate students

Key collection points for accommodation buildings
Column one is the location for collecting keys for the buildings in column 2.
Key collection pointBuilding
Andrew Stewart Hall

Andrew Stewart Hall

Fraser of Allander House

H H Donnelly House

Pendreich Way

Beech Court

Beech Court

Polwarth House

Juniper Court

Juniper Court

Muirhead House

Alexander Court

Alexander Court

Alexander Court Townhouses

John Forty’s Court

John Forty’s Court

Spittal Hill

Union Street, Stirling

Union Street

Bayne Street

Lower Bridge Street

Thistle Chambers

Key collection points: postgraduate

Key collection points for accommodation buildings
Column one is the location for collecting keys for the buildings in column 2.
Key collection pointBuilding
Beech Court Beech Court
John Forty's Court

Lyon Crescent

Friarscroft

Union St B of A

Andrew Stewart Hall

Alangrange

Pendreich Way


Get in touch

If you have any other questions relating to accommodation and Coronavirus (COVID-19) please contact accommodation@stir.ac.uk.