Coronavirus information for student accommodation
Information for students living in our residences on what you need to do if and when your living circle needs to self-isolate.
Bristol is currently in national lockdown. To find out what this means for you and the rules you must follow please visit the government advice pages.
What is a living circle?
This year we have introduced living circles to help keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
A living circle is a household in your university accommodation. Your living circle is the people you can interact with closely each day.
Depending on your accommodation, your living circle might be a single flat, more than one flat, or a single floor of your hall of residence.
The living circle allocated to you is the one you will stay with for the first year.
Interacting with your living circle
After the first 10 days of living in halls, you do not need to distance from your living circle as they are your household.
You can socialise, study together and support each other as a student community. They are important as you adapt to life in Bristol and the blended learning environment.
You are not allowed to have anyone other than those in your living circle inside your flat.
You can meet with others who are not in your living circle outside of your accommodation but must follow current social distancing guidelines.
Please consider the feelings and safety of people who may:
- not be able to wear a face covering
- feel vulnerable because they or their family members have underlying health conditions
- come from different parts of the world and need to get used to UK guidance
Help other people to understand and follow the rules:
- If you see someone who is not following the guidelines, remind them.
- If you are concerned, tell us: use Report and Support, this can be anonymous or email: email@example.com.
Support and safety
Senior and chief residents and peer mentors are here to support you while you are living in University accommodation.
Cleaning and handwashing and are still important within your living circle. Find out how we’re keeping residences clean and safe.
If someone in your living circle develops symptoms of coronavirus, get medical advice. If there is a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus in your living circle, tell the University. We will support you to self-isolate if necessary, following the government guidelines.
If the UK or local alert level for coronavirus changes, we will follow government and Public Health England guidance and continue to take measures to keep you safe.
Look at our health and safety pages for more information.
NHS COVID-19 app
Download the official NHS contact tracing app to know when you’re at risk from Coronavirus and to alert your loved ones, and your community.
If you think you have coronavirus
Check if you have symptoms. If you do:
- Stay at home and follow advice on how to self isolate.
- Don’t attend classes and avoid socialising with others.
- Book a coronavirus test if you haven't already done so.
- Tell us by completing the coronavirus self-reporting form.
We will tell your school and University residence.
Contact the Information Point if you have any questions:
What happens if you don't follow the rules
We have been clear about the behaviours we expect from our community. We know the majority are doing the right thing.
Under the University's Student Rules and Regulations there are serious consequences for those who do not. These include disciplinary action, fines and campus sanctions. These are in addition to police fines.
We will not hesitate to take action to protect others, especially where people's lives are being put at risk.
If you see someone else not obeying the rules
If you are worried about another student's behaviour, you can report this anonymously using our Report and Support tool.
If you have serious concerns which need urgent attention (which are not life-threatening) contact Security Services.