Coronavirus information for student accommodation

Your flatmates in University accommodation are your living circle. Find out how living circles work.

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.

Self-isolation guidance

Information for students living in our residences on what you need to do if and when your living circle needs to self-isolate

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.

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.

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

Visit our self-isolating pages to find out what support is available 

Contact the Information Point if you have any questions:
Email: info-point@bristol.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)117 428 3000

What a living circle is

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 two weeks, 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.

We are running virtual events and activities in your first few weeks, as well as in-person events with your living circle.

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 social distancing guidelines.

Be respectful

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:

Support and safety

Senior and chief residents and peer mentors are here to support you while you are living in University accommodation.

Cleaning and hand washing 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, seek 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.

If Bristol goes into a local lockdown or there is a second national lockdown, all our residences would remain open. You will be able to lockdown in your residence with your living circle and, using the online teaching continue your studies. Support and virtual events and activities will continue. 

Please look at our Student Health and Safety pages for more information.

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