Your health and safety

How to keep safe and what to do if you are ill and need to self-isolate or need other wellbeing support.

Find out who is in your Living Circle

To find out who is in your living circle:

  1. Log in to Blackboard to see a list or, 
  2. Talk to one of your residential life team who can help.

Stay safe

  1. Stay in your living circle (if you are in halls) or household and,
  2. Follow social distancing when outside your group.

If you do, you can:

  • Enjoy face-to-face teaching
  • Get to know Bristol better and avoid a local lockdown
  • Keep our community safe
  • Make the most of your student experience

Meet people and make connections at virtual events hosted by the Students' Union and on our events hub.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

Check if you have symptoms. If you do, follow these steps:

  1. Stay at home and self-isolate
    Don’t attend classes and avoid socialising with others.
  2. Book a coronavirus test if you haven't already done so.
  3. Tell us by completing the coronavirus self-reporting form.
    What we do with the information you provide

We will tell your school and your residence (if you live in university residences) to make sure you get any support you need.

Contact the Information Point if you have any questions:
Telephone: +44 (0)117 428 3000

What to do if you have to self-isolate

Follow our self-isolation guidance for students.

Hand washing and sanitising stations

Washing your hands is still the most effective way to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before coming onto campus and when you get home.

Sanitising stations have been set up at all buildings entrances and all buildings are certified COVID-19 Secure to government guidelines.

Social distancing

To stop the spread of coronavirus please follow social distancing rules.

Maintaining 2 metre social distancing in some of our spaces may not be possible.

In these spaces, please use the extra measures we have put in place such as one-way systems, signage and hygiene stations.

Face coverings, masks and visors

To keep our community safe we are providing you with masks and visors to use on campus.

Support for vulnerable students

Some of you are from a group at higher risk from coronavirus. If you are from one of these groups, contact either: the Residential Life team or Disability Services.

We will assess your situation and decide what reasonable measures or adjustments to make to reduce the risk.

If you were in a group that was told to shield

If you were in a group that was previously advised to shield by the government, contact Disability Services.

Advice related to your degree course

For advice relating to your course, contact your School Disability Co-ordinator

Health-related support

If you need any health-related support, contact your doctor, the Students' Health Service or the NHS and follow their advice.

Wellbeing support and services available

We recognise the impact coronavirus has had on the health and wellbeing of many of us. It can be challenging to manage a work/study/life balance in this new world, while looking after your physical and mental health.

Our services are here to help and support you.

Register with a doctor

It is important to look after your general health while you are studying. Our Students’ Health Service offers a full NHS doctor service for our students and their families. Before you can use the service you must register with us.

If you live outside the catchment area, you can register with a different doctor. Find out how to register with a doctor.

Infectious diseases: be aware and get protection

We often see other infectious diseases at this time of year. These can be difficult to recognise from COVID-19 symptoms. Check the symptoms:

Contact the Students' Health Service if you are worried.


We offer a full range of vaccinations and 'catch-up' vaccinations at the Students' Health Service.
If you think you are due a vaccination for a disease such as:

  • Meningitis ACWY
  • HPV (Human papillomavirus)
  • catch up dose from childhood MMR

Contact us to book an appointment.

Flu vaccinations

If you have underlying health conditions, you may be eligible for a flu vaccination at the Students' Health Service. If you are not eligible, some pharmacies offer a flu vaccination service. Find out more about flu vaccinations.

If you are registered with us, please tell us when you have had your flu vaccine for this year.

What we do with the information you provide

The University is required to disclose certain information relating to Covid-19 cases among students and staff to external agencies such as Public Health England and Bristol City Council. This helps with the monitoring of the virus and the formulation of actions which need to be taken in response. The information disclosed will identify relevant individual students and staff members and include details of Covid-19 test results, self-isolation, addresses and contact details. It may be used to assist with the national contract tracing service.

The disclosure of information relating to individual students and staff for the purpose of managing Covid-19 is permitted under GDPR and the Data Protection Act, and the University is legally required to provide it under other legislation. Please contact if you have any queries about the use of personal data in this way.

Find out how to keep your friends and community safe.

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.

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