Self-isolation guidance

You must not leave your home if you are self-isolating.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work or study from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

The only reason you can leave your home during a period of isolation is to attend a test centre for a COVID-19 test.

You should go straight to the test centre, and back to your house avoiding contact with others. It is recommended that you walk or drive to the test centre, and do not use taxis or public transport.

Isolating in shared households

If one member of your shared household shows symptoms, then the rest of the household will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

The 10 days start from when the first person in your household started having symptoms. If that person later receives a negative test, you can stop isolating as long as you are well and no-one else in the household has developed symptoms.

If, during these 10 days of self-isolation, another member of the household becomes ill, the isolation period for the rest of the household does NOT need to be extended. Everybody can still take their 10-day isolation period from the date that the first person noticed symptoms (apart from the person with new symptoms).

Only the person with new COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home for at least a further 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19.  You can find more information about this on the NHS webpages.

There is NO NEED to get a test at the end of an isolation period.

If you feel well after your isolation period has ended you are fine to end your isolation.

Please note – under the latest UK government guidance for university students if you are identified as a ‘contact’ of somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you were intending to travel to an alternative UK address for the winter break, you may still travel, avoiding public transport if possible. You will, however, need to isolate for 10 days when you arrive at your destination.

Support for those self-isolating

There is a lot of support available for those who are required to self-isolate.

If you are feeling well and looking for something to beat the boredom whilst you are isolating, check out our support and activities page.

New activities are being added all the time to help you continue to get involved in University Life whilst you are isolating. Don’t miss out! 

The University’s Student Services team offer comprehensive support to all students across a number of areas including:

  • Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
  • Counselling Service
  • Mental Health Advisory Service
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Disability Advice and Guidance
  • International Advice and Guidance
  • Money Advice and Guidance.

You can contact the team for support through video (Microsoft Teams or Zoom), phone and email between 9am and 5pm each day.

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