Living in University residences

12 April: changes to lockdown guidance

You can meet outdoors:

  • either in a group of 6 from any number of households, or
  • your household can meet up outside with another household, even if that takes you over the rule of 6

If your living circle or household is large, and you meet up with another large living circle or household, remember there is a maximum limit of 30 people allowed in public spaces.

Many other restrictions remain in place. Check government guidance about what restrictions remain in place and what has changed.

Accommodation fees

The government's national lockdown guidance requests you don't return to your term-time accommodation if you have spent the holidays somewhere else.

As a result of this, we are offering a 100% rent reduction for the period 1 February to 26 March for students who are not in halls. Find out more about the University residence rent rebate.

Get tested

The government has asked that all students take 2 tests each week, every week they attend campus. This includes students living in residences. Find out more about testing.

University residence study spaces and music rooms

From Monday 8 March study spaces and music rooms in university residences are open Monday to Friday from 8/9 am to 8 pm. The variation in opening time is due to cleaning being completed.

Support bubbles

Government guidance allows students to make a support bubble with another household if:

  • you are living alone, or
  • you have no other students in your living circle.

Find out more about support bubbles in university residences.

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.

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 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.

Accommodation in 2020/21

Find out more about living in university accommodation in 2020/21.

Find out how to keep your friends and community safe.

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