Free managed isolation (quarantine) for international arrivals

Any international student from a country categorised under the Scottish Government’s Red List, is required to enter managed isolation for 10 days (11 nights) on arrival and take two COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on days two and eight of managed isolation.

Free managed isolation in University accommodation

International students from countries categorised under the Scottish Government’s Red List can now complete their managed isolation in University of Stirling accommodation free of charge. This replaces the requirement for you to isolate in a Government quarantine hotel – saving you a cost of £2,285.

Our free university package includes on-campus managed isolation accommodation for 11 nights for any student beginning or returning to their studies in September 2021. It also includes meals and refreshments, and airport transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airports at no charge. Should students test positive for COVID-19 during their managed isolation period and are, therefore, required to extend their stay, they will not be charged an additional fee. 

The package also includes the two PCR tests students are required to take on days two and eight of managed isolation.

What's included?

  • Two PCR tests
  • Modern, on-campus accommodation for 11 nights in an en-suite room
  • Airport transfers from Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airport
  • Meals and refreshments delivered to your room
  • Bedding and towels
  • Basic toiletries including soap, toilet roll and antibacterial wipes
  • Crockery including a plate, a bowl, a mug, a glass, and cutlery
  • Washing up liquid and a sponge to wash crockery
  • Travel wash for any items of personal clothing
  • Daily support from our accommodation team via Microsoft Teams to support your wellbeing. You will also have access to Student Support Services online and via teams, as well as access to online activities such as our Be Connected programme.


To be eligible for University of Stirling managed isolation, which will open on Monday 16 August, you must fly into either Edinburgh or Glasgow International Airport. Please note: anyone flying into any other UK airport will be required to undergo managed isolation at a government-run quarantine hotel, at a cost of £2,285. If you cannot fly directly to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, it may be possible to transit through another country if that country permits this – but it is important that you are fully aware of the rules in place in that country at the time of your travel.

Please also check the Scottish Government’s website, which includes details of Red List countries and the measures you must take before travelling and on arrival.

What to expect

  • All students travelling to the University from a Red List country, via Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, will receive a phone call prior to their departure with further details on how the managed isolation will operate – including information on airport arrivals, COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and accommodation and meal provision at Stirling.
  • You will be met at the airport by our staff and transferred directly to university accommodation. You will stay in one of our newest accommodation buildings and benefit from en suite facilities, meals and refreshments delivered to your room, and support from student ambassadors.
  • On arrival at campus you will be greeted by staff who will check you in and show you to your room.
  • If you want to leave your room at any time you must contact the accommodation team.
  • Any time you leave the room you will be accompanied by our staff until you return to your room.
  • You will also be able to spend some time outdoors each day, in a designated area.
  • Our friendly team will be in daily contact with you and available to answer any questions and provide support.

How to book

To book your managed isolation in University accommodation, please follow the link below and complete the form. Please only use the form once you have booked your flight and have a confirmed arrival date and time. You will need your University of Stirling email address to access the form.

Contact us

If you have any questions about managed isolation at the University of Stirling, please get in touch with our accommodation team.