Travel safely

Whether you are travelling from or back to campus, we advise that you follow safer travel guidance including avoiding using public transport where possible, wearing a face covering and socially distancing at all times. If you must use public transport, please make sure to check local transport services prior to travel for up to date information.

The Government has issued detailed guidance about how to travel safely and you should read their travel advice on the government’s ‘Safer travel guidance for passengers’ webpage. This includes the latest travel guidance during the national lockdown in England. 

If you are an International student, please refer to the travel guidance email sent to you by our International Advice and Guidance team. If you have any questions, please contact the team.

For guidance about when to travel back to Liverpool or to campus, please see Returning to or arriving to commence your studies on the Liverpool campus in 2021.

COVID Advisory Service

The University has a dedicated COVID Advisory Service -  you can call the team on 0151 795 9500.

Opening hours:

Monday-Sunday 10am to 4.30pm

Travel advice

If you do choose to travel, we’ve also rounded up a few key tips to help you follow government guidelines and travel safely.

Before you travel

  1. Before travelling, check with your transport operator for the latest travel advice on your route. Travel may take longer and you may need to allow more time if your journey involves changes between different forms of transport.
  2. Avoid the busiest routes and travel at off-peak times if you are able to.
  3. Book your ticket online in advance or pay by contactless where possible. It is also advisable to book rail travel directly with operators rather than going through a third party as it has been agreed that student ticket cancellations or rebooking during the travel window will not incur an admin charge if travel plans are changed due to COVID-19.
  4. Be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit to stations.
  5. If you are travelling on public transport and your journey is short, eat and drink before travelling.
  6. Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel. If possible, check-in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.

During your journey

  1. Follow social contact rules.
  2. Wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport. You must also wear a face covering at railway stations, airports, bus stations, ports and other terminals.
  3. Where possible, keep your distance when you travel.
  4. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  5. If you are car sharing, you must not share the car with someone from outside of your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason.
  6. Try to avoid touching your face. You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  7. If car sharing, wear face coverings, open windows for ventilation and sit with the maximum distance between people in the vehicle.
  8. During your journey, pay by contactless where possible.
  9. If you need to dispose of your face covering when travelling, use ‘black bag’ waste bins or litter bins. Do not use recycling bins.

To help us provide the necessary student support and COVID-19 testing, please fill in our short Holiday Travel Arrangements Form. Please complete the form to tell us when you plan to travel home and return to campus.

When not to travel

The government guidance states you must not travel if you:

The government states you should not travel if you:

These restrictions apply to England. Remember, the rules are different in the other UK nations:

Useful resources

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