Self-isolation guidance for students

If you need to self-isolate, we will support you every step of the way.  Find out what you need to do and how we can help. We have compiled the following advice and will update this in line with national and local guidance.

How to self-isolate

Complete the coronavirus self-reporting form
What we do with the information you provide

We will contact your school and your Residential Life Team (if you live in university residences) to make sure you get any support you need.

  • If you live in University accommodation
    Residential Life will inform all members of your living circle. You should inform any close contacts outside of your living circle.
  • If you live in private accommodation
    You need to tell your flatmates and close contacts.

University residences: supplies and practical help

Supplies and practical help

We will make sure you receive all available support to help you during this period.

Private-rented accommodation

Complete the coronavirus self-reporting form

We will tell your school to make sure you get any support you need.

Testing and medical support

Wellbeing support

We know that isolating can have a big impact on your mental health. It can feel lonely and boring, so do keep in touch with friends and family by phone and video chat.

Student Minds has a resource called Student Space. This has a section dedicated to accessing the support you need during the pandemic.

If you just need to chat to somebody, try Togetherall. Togetherall is a digital support service to help you deal with everything from everyday stresses to major life events.

We have a range of free wellbeing services and support, and online resources available to all undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. 

We have a team of staff available to provide wellbeing support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Complete the Request Support form if you would like to  speak to a member of the team.

Look after your physical health

Download our sport app and join our streamed classes or get advice on how to keep physically active. 

Practical help and staying connected

If you are struggling in self-isolation here are some ways you can connect with others and ask for the help you need.

Teaching, learning and academic support

How a household should isolate when a member shows symptoms of coronavirus

  • If you live in a household with anyone who tests positive or shows symptoms are told to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you have symptoms, isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms start.
  • If you don’t have symptoms but have tested positive, isolate for at least 10 days from day test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart the 10 day isolation from the day you develop symptoms.
  • If you live with others, all household members (not the original positive case) must stay in their accommodation and isolate for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day the first person became ill or if no symptoms, from the day they had their test.
  • If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms they must get a test and self-isolate for 10 days from when symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation.
  • If you continue to feel unwell or show symptoms beyond your period of isolation you should continue to isolate. What to do if your coronavirus symptoms get worse.

When you come out of self-isolation

Keep yourself and others safe by following this safety advice:

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Information Point:
Telephone: +44 (0)117 428 3000

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