Self-isolation and quarantine guidance

Information and guidance for students who need to self-isolate or quarantine

Please report self-isolation, symptoms and test results to us. This information is used to help us support you, prevent outbreaks and manage any cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 reporting: self-isolation, symptoms and test results


When you need to self-isolate

Self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • you've tested positive for COVID-19
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high COVID-19 risk (quarantine)

If you think you've been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms and have not been told to self-isolate, continue to follow social distancing advice.

NHS guidance: when to self-isolate and what to do


What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying at home and keeping away from other people who you do not live with.

It means not leaving your house or flat for any reason including going to university, work or public areas. Any exercise should be taken at home.

Self-isolation is really important because if we get it right, it will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection your household could pass on to others in the community.


Supporting you through self-isolation or COVID-19 illness

Once you report your self-isolation, symptoms or test results to the University, our Covid Advice Team will contact you to make sure you are okay.

Please keep your phone handy so that we can keep in contact with you and help to arrange medical care if necessary. We know that this could be a worry, especially if you’re far from home or have any underlying health needs.

How the University can support you


If it is safe to do so, you could also: 

If you’re feeling really unwell and think it might be an emergency, dial 999 for emergency services.


Don’t attend planned social events

Unfortunately, you’ll be unable to socialise in person when you are self-isolating.

Socialising in person will put other people’s lives in danger, particularly vulnerable people from all age groups who may be at risk of serious illness if they contract the virus.

This means you cannot socialise outside your household with anyone else, even for events with clubs, societies, people on your course, family members you do not live with or any other friendship groups.

Please help us all to protect the lives of people around us by following the government guidance, and if you feel well enough to socialise, do this safely online. 


Living arrangements during self-isolation

You and your flatmates are in this together 

If one person in your household needs to self-isolate because they have symptoms or have tested positive, everyone else in your household must also self-isolate. This is really important to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives.

For you all, this means not leaving the house or flat for any reason including going to campus, work or public areas and any exercise should be taken at home. This will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection your household could pass on to others in the community.

Book a COVID-19 test

COVID-19 reporting: self-isolation, symptoms and test results


Using shared bathrooms and kitchens

Anyone who is self-isolating will be doing so with people they live with. You can therefore all use the shared areas within the household or flat, but you should practise good hygiene: 

  • Catch it: germs spread easily
    Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze

  • Bin it: germs can live for several hours on tissues
    Dispose of your tissue as soon as possible

  • Kill it: hands can transfer germs to every surface you touch
    Clean your hands as soon as you can after touching a surface 

NHS guidance: how to avoid spreading COVID-19 to people you live with


Visitors and outside contact

While you are self-isolating, you and members of your household need to stay indoors. You can't have any outside visitors except when food or supplies are delivered to your door.

No-one can come and collect you while you are self-isolating, but please keep in touch with friends, family and the University because people will be worried about you and may be able to provide help. For example, someone could order you an online food delivery or deliver food or essential supplies to the front door for you to collect.