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 arriving at the University from overseas, please check the Scottish Government website for guidance on what you need to do before you travel.
  • 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.

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 using Lateral Flow Device self-test kits. 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 on campus from the library, Campus Central 2nd floor near SUP, Logie reception and Students' Union reception. Free kits are also available from Juniper Court, Beech Court, Alexander Court, Andrew Stewart Hall, Union Street Stirling City and John Forty's Court halls of residence. Please ask at the reception desk for your free kits.

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

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 is can be accessed 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.

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.

Key collection and arrival time

Once you've booked your arrival slot, you will be sent your arrivals paperwork, which shows your key collection point and arrival time, and safety instructions for you to follow before, during and after your arrival day.

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.

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.

Get in touch

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