If you’re a new or returning student, you may have concerns about accommodation at university or college. You may have questions about what happens if:
you cannot or do not want to move into shared accommodation and want to stay home because of coronavirus
you or someone you live with gets coronavirus
someone you live with does not keep to safety guidelines
there’s a lockdown in the place you’re studying
you do not feel safe after you move in and decide to move home
Changes to accommodation may not include private rentals. Contact the accommodation team to find out about changes and discuss your concerns. Living at home could be an option if your lectures will be online and you can study remotely.
Before you make a decision about accommodation, you could check things like:
your timetable and if you can study remotely
if there are any changes to the cost of accommodation
what safety measures are in place to keep students safe
access needs and talking through how they can make reasonable adjustments for you
if your carer or personal assistant (PA) can stay with you and how they can stay safe
Look for a coronavirus section on your university or college website. You may need to look for the accommodation section of the website if it’s not included under coronavirus.
Contact the accommodation team if anything is unclear. It can help to ask for photos of the room to check if it’s suitable for your needs. You may also want to speak with their disability support team to ask how they can help with your access needs.
Some universities and colleges have already made plans to keep students safe in halls of residence and on campus. Some common measures include:
asking all students to agree a community code
time slots for collecting keys and moving in
guidelines for using common areas and facilities
one-way systems around your accommodation and campus
regular visits from the accommodation team to check in with you
rules about guests to your accommodation
cleaning guidelines for shared kitchens and bathrooms
There may also be changes to other facilities on campus, including library access, shops, the students’ union and places to eat.