Living in University residences

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.

November lockdown

Following the Government’s announcement of a national lockdown from Thursday 5 November we want to reassure you that:

  • University residences, campuses, libraries and study spaces remain open with safety measures in place.
  • We will continue to deliver your programmes via our blended learning approach, including ongoing research activity on campus where this cannot be undertaken remotely.

The new restrictions

Under the Government's new national restrictions, from 5 November:

  • If you live at university, you must not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.
  • You can leave home eg your living circle, student flat or shared house for:
    • your education (eg attending teaching, or using study and library facilities)
    • work purposes
    • shopping for food and essentials
    • outdoor exercise or in case of emergency.
  • You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or living circle, except for cases where childcare and other forms of support are necessary. Find out what arrangements are in place if you are in catered accommodation.
  • You should stay safe when outside. Maintain social distancing, practise good hand hygiene and wear face coverings where required.
  • You can exercise outdoors.
  • You will be able to meet with one other person outside your household for exercise outdoors.
  • If you are in a single-adult household, you can form or maintain a support bubble with another household.

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.

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
  • 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 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.

Find out how to keep your friends and community safe.

Accommodation in 2020/21

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

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