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What to do if you have to self isolate in Student Accommodation

By FLcs 14 Jan 2021

Second semester has almost arrived and this blog is for anyone who will be living in student accommodation throughout the next few months. If you are told to self-isolate, it is mandatory that you do so. But it can seem quite confusing and unclear so I have put together some helpful advice to clear it all up and let you know what you have to do.

You may be asked to self-isolate for 10 days for a number of reasons –

  • if you are a new arrival into the country from a non-bridge country
  • if you have been a close contact of someone who is positive or someone who has symptoms
  • if you have symptoms yourself.

It is extremely important to isolate even if you show no symptoms or mold symptoms because you could still be carrying the virus and spreading it to other people who may get very ill and/or spread it themselves. You may have the virus with no symptoms as figures currently show 1 in 4 people who test positive show no symptoms at all. 

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Once you are told to isolate, you should follow the instruction immediately regardless of any plans you may have or things you may need to do. You must remain isolated in your room, leaving only to use the bathroom and kitchen facilities unless there is an emergency. When you do use shared facilities, you should ensure that your flat mates are not in the room and you must wear a mask at all times and wash your hands frequently. You should also wipe down surfaces and thoroughly clean any shared items. You should not have any visitors, even if they live in your accommodation or assure you that they have already had COVID (it can be caught twice!). 

One of the first things you must do if you are told to self-isolate is inform accommodation staff via phone or email so that they can support you throughout your isolation period. The ResLife team are here to support you and are running daily welfare calls to check in and have a chat with students who are isolating. They can also help with any arrangements you may have to make around food and deliveries, as well as any concerns you may have about shared spaces. It is also very important that you inform accommodation staff so that they can ensure that cleaning staff can take extra care in your block to reduce the chance of it spreading.


If you need food or supplies, you must not leave your accommodation and go to the shop. Instead, you should ask friends or flat mates within your accommodation, or order it online via university services. If you are a resident at Priory or Quadrant Hall, your catering will be delivered every week day and you will receive 3 meals per day.

If you are struggling during your self-isolation, we are here to support you. As mentioned we conduct welfare calls every day and you can email us at and we will be in contact as soon as possible. 

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