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.

When to self-isolate

You do not need to self-isolate if you have been fully vaccinated as part of the UK vaccination programme. 

How to self-isolate

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

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

You need to tell your flatmates and close contacts that you are self-isolating, and if you receive a positive test, so that they can take the right action.

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 inform your school to make sure you get any support you need.

Testing and medical support

Self-isolating after close contact with someone who's tested positive

If you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive you should get a PCR test.

You can book to have a PCR test at our mobile test site. You do not need to have symptoms to get this test.

What close contact means

If you live in the same household or are in the same support bubble as someone who:

  • has symptoms of coronavirus or
  • has received a positive test result

follow the Stay at Home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19.

If you don't live in the same household or are not in a support bubble with them, follow the Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection who do not live with the person.

If you test positive after close contact with someone who's tested positive

If you test positive, help the NHS alert your close contacts. They can then self-isolate and avoid passing it on to others.

If you do not have any symptoms

Restart your self-isolation clock as day 0 and self-isolate for 10 days. If you develop symptoms later, restart your self-isolation clock again as day 0.

If you test negative after close contact with someone who's tested positive

You must continue to self-isolate for 10 full days as you could still become infectious.

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 you should self-isolate for 10 days.
  • If the symptomatic person in your household then tests negative and no other member of your household are symptomatic or positive, self-isolation will end at this point. The negative member of your household should then update their status through the self reporting form so that we can notify the household to stop isolating
  • 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 non-exempt household members (not the original positive case) must stay in their accommodation and isolate for 10 days. The 10 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 10 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.

Where to get help and staying connected

If you are struggling in self-isolation here are some ways you can ask for the help you need and stay connected.

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. 

Teaching, learning and academic support

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Information Point:
Email: student-services@bristol.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)117 428 3000

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