Covid: the latest


20 May 2021

In light of the move to Step 3 of the lockdown roadmap (17 May), we wanted to get in touch to update you about how it will affect our services.
You’ll be aware you can now return to face-to-face learning. If you haven’t yet returned to university, and plan to, you’re encouraged to take a Covid test before you do. Please check with your university regarding any specific precautions you need to take if you’re returning to campus.
The relaxed restrictions mean you can go inside pubs, restaurants, cinemas and museums (as well as other indoor entertainment venues).
The Government has also changed the rules on social gatherings, which means groups of up to 30 can mix outdoors and six people (or two households) indoors.
But, for the safety of our staff and all our students, we’re not easing our rules on social gatherings in our accommodation just yet.
As before, please don’t invite guests into our accommodation (including overnight). Please don’t invite households from outside your accommodation into our accommodation.
There is one exception: If you’re packing up to go home, you may bring two guests in to help you. Please make sure they do not stay longer than is necessary.

Stay safe

As ever, we want you to stay safe, and keep others safe. Social distancing is still very important and you should continue to keep two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble wherever possible. This reduces to one metre if you’re wearing a face covering. Reviews on the future of social distancing and face coverings will take place over the next few weeks.
We ask that you continue to follow our Covid-safe guidelines when you are in our accommodation. We’ll be opening up our communal areas under a booking system. Please check with your accommodation regarding these arrangements.


Please make sure you’re registered with a GP local to your accommodation. The vaccination programme has also been extended to newly arriving international students. Your GP will contact you directly to book your vaccine when it is appropriate.

Visiting from and travelling overseas

There are different restrictions (known as the ‘traffic light system’) for anyone visiting from and travelling overseas, depending on the level of risk.
Countries have been sorted into three categories: high risk (red), moderate risk (amber) and low risk (green).
Please make sure you keep up-to-date with the guidance regarding travel on the Government website.

Health and wellbeing support

You still have access to a 24/7 counselling helpline as well as self-help courses, legal information services and debt and financial information support through our Student Assistance Programme from Endsleigh Insurance. Find out more.

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