Self-isolation and quarantine guidance

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

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

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms and test results


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.


When you need to self-isolate

You must self-isolate for 14 days:

  • if someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms
  • if someone you live with has tested positive for COVID-19
  • if someone you've been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19
  • or if you have arrived in the UK from a non-exempt country


You must self-isolate for 10 days:

  • from when you first experience COVID-19 symptoms
  • or if you test positive for COVID-19


Students arriving in the UK from another country

If you are a student arriving in the UK from another country, you will not be allowed to leave where you are staying for 14 days (unless you are arriving from an exempt country). This is known as quarantine.

Latest UK government advice and information


Supporting you through COVID-19 illness

Once you report your symptoms or test results to the University, our Covid Wellbeing Team will contact you regularly 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.

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.

All flatmates need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date you started self-isolating. If they then develop symptoms, they need to book a test and tell the University.

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

Tell the University


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 of soon as you can after touching a surface 


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.