Updated on 19 July 2021.
Have you seen our new requirements, requests and recommendations for staying safe, together?
You can find all our COVID-19 content at campuslife.london.ac.uk/tags/COVID-19.
There is a quick summary at campuslife.london.ac.uk/covid19-guidance-start-here_122007.
If you become unwell with symptoms of possible COVID-19, please stay in your room and follow the self-isolation instructions (there are slightly different instructions for Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The instructions include details of how you will obtain food, and the circumstances in which you would be allowed to leave your room.
It is essential that you notify us that you are self-isolating.
If you need help from us, don't rely on this notification form alone: please also contact the reception desk in your hall.
You should arrange to have a test for coronavirus as soon as possible.
The law in England for travel quarantine is explained at gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk.
The law for self-isolation and household quarantine is explained at gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
The law for close contact quarantine is explained at gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person.
Note that the government uses the same term, "self-isolation", to refer to self-isolation, contact quarantine, and travel quarantine.
If you have been self-isolating with symptoms of COVID-19 and you are not also required to be in travel or contact quarantine, then a negative test result means you can end your self-isolation.
If you are in contact quarantine, a negative test result does not shorten the ten-day period of quarantine.
Under some circumstances, you can shorten the duration of your travel quarantine by getting a private COVID-19 PCR test. Please see the government guidance for details:
Please let us know at email@example.com if you plan to use the test to release scheme.
You must still quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
You will not have to quarantine, but you will need to complete a passenger locator form and take a coronavirus test before arriving in the UK; and take a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival in the UK. The government guidance is HERE. You can see how to get your NHS COVID Pass to confirm your vaccination history HERE.
Please note that if you have travelled from or through France in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK, you must follow the instructions as if you are not fully vaccinated.
You will not have to quarantine, but you will need to complete a passenger locator form and take a coronavirus test before arriving in the UK; and take a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival in the UK. The government guidance is HERE.
New guidance published in May 2021 tells people who have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus to get a PCR test. You can book a test at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
However, even if the test is negative, current national guidance is that you must still complete 10 full days of contact quarantine.
The result of your test will affect how we look after you, and it will also affect decisions about contact quarantine for others in your hall household. So when you get your test result, please:
Yes! Think: if you had to self-isolate, how would you get food, medicines, and other essentials?
Try and ensure that you always have at least a 10-day supply of any medicines that you use regularly.
If you live in self-catered accommodation, try to ensure that you always have some long-life products "in stock", so you could live on these for a few days during self-isolation. After a few days, you should be able to get a supermarket delivery.
Talk with your friends in hall now and agree to be "bug buddies" for one another - to look after each other and pick up essential items if one of your has to self-isolate. See our article about bug buddies for more information.
At Nutford House, contact quarantine and travel quarantine facilities are both marked with a dark pink and orange "quarantine" sign.
When you notify us that you are entering self-isolation or quarantine, we will ask you to indicate whether you would like to receive the meat option or vegetarian option. If there are some types of meat that you do not eat, we recommend selecting the vegetarian option.
We will deliver breakfast, lunch, and dinner to your room, Monday to Friday; and brunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday, for the full period of your self-isolation or quarantine.
If you are in self-isolation, contact quarantine, or travel quarantine, you may not pick up deliveries yourself. See this separate post about how you can receive deliveries: https://campuslife.london.ac.uk/getting-deliveries-in-quarantineselfisolation_130449.
We also created a list of online delivery services you might like to try: campuslife.london.ac.uk/international-students-ordering-your-essentials_120843.
During self-isolation, contact quarantine, or travel quarantine:
If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while others are present. Take your meals back to your room to eat. Wash your used crockery and cutlery using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly, remembering to use a separate tea towel.
We recommend having a WhatsApp or Messenger conversation with the people you share the kitchen with, and agree a few times for each day when the kitchen will be for your exclusive use. Wipe down the surfaces with disinfectant (wipes provided) and wash any shared utensils before others use the kitchen.
No. Because we are providing you with meals, there should not be a need to use the pantries. If you need to store items in a refrigerator, contact the Hall Manager for your hall as we may be able to provide you with a fridge for temporary use in your room.
You may use the pantry (please do so as infrequently as possible), following these guidelines:
You are allowed to leave your accommodation to access urgent medical care or to obtain essential medicines if there is no other way to obtain them. So if you're making an online order, consider whether you should add some toiletries or sanitary products, so you have enough to last for the period of self-isolation. You might need to ask your bug buddy to help. If you're unable to get the things you need, contact your Warden or Hall Manager.
If you live in an en suite room, our housekeeping team will leave a supply of toilet paper outside your room every Tuesday morning while you are self-isolating or in quarantine. When your period of self-isolation or quarantine ends, this toilet paper supply will stop.
We have a small supply of sanitary products available in each hall; contact your Hall Manager if you need us to provide an emergency supply.
See also our post about receiving deliveries: https://campuslife.london.ac.uk/getting-deliveries-in-quarantineselfisolation_130449.
No. So we advise you to think: can you last 10 days of self-isolation or 14 days of quarantine without doing a clothes wash? If not, consider placing an order for a few essential items like underwear. Or you could order in some hand-wash laundry detergent to wash small items in your washbasin. We have a limited supply of hand-wash laundry detergent available in each hall; contact your Hall Manager if you need us to provide an emergency supply.Doing laundry is not an allowable reason to leave your room during self-isolation or quarantine.
No. These are not allowable reasons to leave your room during self-isolation with symptoms or a positive test. If you smoke regularly, we recommend buying nicotine replacement
products (e.g. gum or patches) for the period of your self-isolation.
While you are in self-isolation, contact quarantine, or travel quarantine, we will collect waste from your room every Tuesday and Friday morning, as well as leaving you with a new supply of bin bags.
The housekeeping staff will knock on your door and stand back, leaving a trolley or bin outside the door. Please put your waste into the bin or trolley. If the staff knock and there is no answer, the collection will be attempted on the next collection day.
When your period of quarantine or self-isolation ends, you should dispose of waste as per the guidance for all residents in our Hall Handbook.
See this post for what to do if the fire alarm sounds when you are in self-isolation or quarantine: https://campuslife.london.ac.uk/how-do-i-evacuate-the-building-when-im-selfisolating_130037.