Return to your studies in 2021

National lockdown: update 22 February

  • Current national lockdown restrictions remain in place until Monday 8 March.
  • Continue your studies online unless your course requires you to attend in-person until the Spring vacation (29 March) in line with government restrictions and local PHE advice.
  • Continue to follow the national guidelines whether you are in Bristol or away from the city.
  • If you are in Bristol, stay here only go out for exercise or to get food or medical supplies.
  • Only socialise in your living circle or household whether you are in halls of residence or private accommodation.

We will provide updates as advice is received. Read about government changes to national lockdown which begin on 8 March.

Teaching Block 2

All teaching is online except for exempt courses. Find out which courses have in-person activity in teaching block 2 up to 26 March.

Get tested before you return to campus

If you are returning to campus from within the UK, you should book two free COVID-19 tests. This includes students who have stayed in Bristol over the holidays. Find out about testing if you are returning from overseas.

  1. Book the first test for the day you return to Bristol
  2. Book the second test 3 to 5 days later
  3. After you have had your first test, limit contact with others
  4. Have your second test. If it is negative, you can return to campus safely.
  5. Find out what to do if you test positive and what support is available.

You will need to self-isolate for 10 days if you choose not to get tested when you return.

If you have already returned to Bristol

If you returned before the government announcement please:

  1. get tested if you haven't already. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days if you choose not to get tested when you return.
  2. stay in your accommodation
  3. follow the new lockdown guidance
  4. Update your address in Student Info so we can support you.

Tell us where you are currently living

Following the government announcement of the national lockdown, and the instruction for all students to stay in place, we want to ensure you get the support you need to continue with your course. Please update your current address so we can give you the right support and information.

Advice for postgraduate research students

We will clarify the situation regarding access to research facilities, and workspace for those of you who are not able to work from home as soon as possible.

Please continue to talk to your supervisor about the impact of this further lockdown on your wellbeing and research progress and any adjustments that can be made.

Continue to check your University email account regularly for updates. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email

Read more advice for postgraduate researcher students (PGRs).

Advice for international students travelling to the UK

Read our travel advice for international students travelling to the UK

Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements

Read our travel advice for students on study and work abroad placements

Clinically vulnerable students

If you are clinically vulnerable you should not travel, even if you have been told you are required on-campus for essential activities. Please stay at home and contact your school to discuss your options and the support that we can offer to you. 

Libraries and study spaces

All our libraries are closed, except for the Arts and Social Sciences Library which is open for urgent access only. Online Library support is still running.

You can now access printed materials that are not available in electronic format with the our Library Click and Collect and Postal Loan Service.

Follow the Library's Twitter channel  and find out about library services during the January lockdown.

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