CoronavirusStudent information & FAQs

Please note: Glasgow is in COVID-19 Protection Level 4 until at least the middle of February 2021. Please ensure you read our Protection Level 4 web page. Information on this page will be up-to-date with the most recent developments.
Are you experiencing Covid-19 symptoms?

Find out more about what you should do if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, if you have received a positive test or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

Support for students who need to self-isolate or quarantine

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our priority. Find out more about the help and support you will get from the Strathclyde community if you need to self-isolate or quarantine due to Covid-19.

Frequently asked questions

Visas & immigration  

If you are a returning student with a Tier 4/Student Visa who is continuing a programme with us you will be able to engage with your programme online until campus-based teaching and learning activities resume. There will be no impact on your visa provided you continue to engage with your studies. We will update our advice as we move to the next phase of return. Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students will be able to start their programme online from 11 January with Consolidation and Development week.

Find out more information for EU/EEA students.

The Scottish Government issued guidance on international travel, testing and quarantine on 15 January 2021.

Read the full guidance on quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.

If you have already booked your travel to the University, our current advice is that you do not need to amend your travel plans. You are welcome and we will support you. Please note that travellers arriving in Scotland from overseas are required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. 

If you have already made your visa application and received your entry clearance vignette in your passport, please check the date on this to make sure it is still in date at the time of your travel.  If this will not be in date, please contact the Visa Compliance team at for further advice. 

You must self-isolate for 10 full days if you arrive in Scotland from a country outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). This is to protect against the risk of imported cases of coronavirus.

Self-isolation rules apply to all travel to Scotland, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. It also applies regardless of how you have arrived in Scotland – directly or via another part of the UK. See the Scottish Government's advice on self-isolation guidance.

After 10 days

If you do not have any coronavirus symptoms after 10 days, you can stop self-isolating. You will then need to follow the same rules as others who are living in Scotland. 

If you have not yet confirmed travel arrangements to the UK, you should remain where you are and begin your studies online.  Please delay confirming your travel plans until further guidance is issued. We will be in touch with you to advise when you can travel safely to the UK.   

COVID-19 Test Centre on campus  

If you do return to campus, please book a covid test for a date after completion of 10 days of quarantine. Do not break quarantine to attend an on campus test. If you develop Covid symptoms during your quarantine period you may book an NHS covid test: please see further guidance here.

Yes, travellers from overseas arriving in Scotland are required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. 

The Scottish Government issued guidance on international travel, testing and quarantine on 15 January 2021.

Read the full guidance on quarantine rules and information on the process for people entering the UK.

Yes, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days.

When you arrive at your final destination in Scotland, it is important that you stay in your accommodation for 10 days. It can take up to 10 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus and in this time you can pass it on to others.

The Scottish Government has provided this guidance on self-isolation.

Please don't worry, the University will support you during your period of self-isolation.


Students coming to study from overseas are usually advised to collect their BRP within 10 days, however, the Home Office recognises the current difficulties for students having to self-isolate and understand that this is not possible.

Please see here for more information about collecting your BRP.

International arrivals in the UK need to provide journey and contact details to UK Border Force. You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK. When you submit the form you’ll get an email confirmation. You’ll need to show this email (printed or on your phone) when you arrive in the UK.

Students coming to the University of Strathclyde on exchange who are non-EEA nationals will need a visa that covers the period of their programme of study. Guidance on what visa will be required can be found on our Exchange and Study Abroad webpages. 

General FAQs

Students can pick up three face coverings from the cafes in our Lord Hope (Aura) and Lord Todd (Todds) buildings.

You can collect them from 9am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please collect your face coverings from the counters in the cafes.

A limited number of face coverings are also available in the University library. As with many face-coverings, they will need to be washed before use.

Face visors

If you are unable to wear a face covering, a face visor can be worn as it does provide a limited level of protection.

Free visors are being provided for any staff member or student who needs one and can be collected from the Technology & Innovation Centre, the Library and Strathclyde Sport.

We are working with the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver the student testing programme. Find out more about how you can book an asymptomatic COVID-19  test.

Yes, Security Services are available 24/7 and can be contacted on 0141 548 3333 (general enquiries) or 0141 548 2222 (emergencies).

The University switchboard is operating on reduced hours 10:15 to 16:00 hours. Calls to the switchboard outside of these hours will be directed to Security Services who can help if you require urgent assistance. Students calling to speak to staff in residences or to report a fault or repair in their accommodation should email


Students are encouraged to Volunteer with Strathclyde while while Strath Union offers a variety of different opportunities that students can fit around their University schedule. The Careers Services provides a range of helpful information for students wishing to participate in voluntary work opportunities, including links to Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Glasgow and the employment rights of volunteers in the UK. You may also find the UK Government website useful.

If you are a student studying for a qualification accredited by a professional body, you must speak to your department to ensure that you can get the requisite support in place to engage in the remainder of your studies and your assessment without detriment, should you choose to volunteer. They will also check what arrangements are in place to ensure your health and safety while volunteering.

Dignity & respect

We’re committed to ensuring our University environment, both online and on-campus, is a warm and welcoming place where everyone feels safe and included.

We understand that the coronavirus outbreak is causing concern amongst our community and we wish to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and adhering to all government advice in relation to it. 

We want to ensure that all our students feel safe, supported and valued and that they are treated with dignity and respect. If you have experienced, or are aware of any inappropriate behaviour, verbal or physical harassment against our students please notify us using Report & Support.

Mental health & wellbeing support

The University recognises that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will affect each of us in different ways and will present personal and health challenges to many. It can be normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious in this difficult situation.

The Disability & Wellbeing Service has collated a range of resources to help you support and maintain your own wellbeing during these times. Staff within the Service are also available to speak to students and offer support, having successfully transferred all services to video, telephone or email, allowing for greater flexibility and responsiveness. This includes a twilight service until 8pm Monday to Thursdays during term time. Over the longer term, we are keen to continue to offer a blend of appointments including face-to-face, video, telephone and email.

An Early Intervention Counselling Team has been appointed, enabling us to offer same day intake appointments to all students presenting with mental health and wellbeing issues.

A group wellbeing and therapy programme online for this semester has been introduced, including a range of options such as Mindfulness, 10 Keys to Happiness, Managing Stress and Anxiety.

The service has also been hosting a Wellness Wednesday Instagram takeover in which students can access hints, tips and advice on wellbeing as well as hosting twice daily Zoom drop-ins for students residing on campus to allow direct access to advice, information and support on mental health and wellbeing issues.

All students in self-isolation are being offered daily check-ins from staff member volunteers.

We are enhancing our provision for students residing in halls on and off campus to include named counsellors for each hall of residence with a direct referral process in place. This will encompass the availability of counselling provision seven days per week.

Our Students’ Union and academic departments have also been running a range of programmes to help create a sense of community, build peer support and promote health and wellbeing.

We will also shortly be launching an online wellbeing induction programme for all students.

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