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Preparing to come back to Halls after the Winter Break

By hannahk 30 Dec 2021

Exam season is approaching and we know that lots of you will be heading back to Halls soon if you haven’t already. We’ve put some advice together below to make sure that you feel as prepared and ready as possible!

  1. Plan your travel

Whether you’re a local or travelling across the country, be sure to get your plans to travel in place.

Remember to take a lateral flow test and travel within 24 hours of receiving a negative result. It’s important to think about preparing your lateral flow test in advance as they are in high demand at the moment. You can try accessing lateral flow tests from a local test centrea local pharmacy or by ordering a home test-kit.

For those without symptoms or not self-isolating, there are currently no restrictions for travelling within England, however, you should check the rules if you’re travelling from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland or the Channel Islands as there may be restrictions in place.

If you're taking public transport, remember that face coverings are compulsory, except for those who are medically exempt.

For those travelling from abroad, please refer to the latest Government guidance.

  1. Getting back to it

The winter break is over but this doesn’t mean it’s always easy to snap back into routine. Here are some pieces of advice to help you get organised and back on track ahead of exam season and semester two:

  • Buy a diary or planner –  it will be easier to plan for deadlines and assessments if your objectives are written down and well organised. This will help you prioritise tasks and to do list.
  • Have a spring clean – if you return to Halls and find that your bedroom is in need of some TLC, be sure to take the time to have a clean and tidy up. Having a clear, tidy space to work and live in will help you settle back in easier and focus on your studies
  • Use the support available – if you are having difficulty with writing essays or completing assessments, know that the University has lots of support available to help you succeed. Find out what online resources and workshops the Library have coming up here.
  • The Library also have a series of blogs available to help students prepare for assessment season. Read the first one here!

  1. Keeping up to date with the latest COVID guidance

While COVID-19 transmission rates are high at the moment, it’s worth considering how this may impact your return to Halls. It’s possible that you may have to isolate at some point during the next semester and we want to ensure that you feel prepared and supported in case this happens.

We recommend that you:

  • Have some long-lasting food items available e.g. tinned products and try to keep your cupboards stocked as best as possible
  • Make sure that you know what to do if you were ever feeling unwell or if you needed to report a positive COVID result. Find out more here.
  • Make friends and/or family aware if you are self-isolating to see how they can offer support

Rest assured that the University and Halls of Residence have lots of support in place for students who have to self-isolate. Find out more here.

We wish you a safe journey back to Halls and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


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