Student information & FAQsGuidance for Student Accommodation

The Scottish Government has announced that Glasgow will move beyond Level 0 from Monday 9 August 2021

Accommodation web pages

Read all about our secure accommodation for eligible students and our dedicated Accommodation Services team on our accommodation web pages.

Help with securing accommodation

Some students have reported issues in securing accommodation for the new semester. Take a look at our securing accommodation web page for extra information and advice.

Yes, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 or need to self-isolate because you have tested positive or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. If you are using public transport you should follow the Scottish Government’s guidance on how to travel safely. This includes wearing a face covering unless you are exempt, planning your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and keeping your distance while travelling where possible.

Please also consult our online guidance for students isolating off campus and those isolating on campus

If you require additional support while you are self-isolating, please contact village.office@strath.ac.uk in the first instance to discuss the support in place for you. We are here to help.

Many members of University staff have volunteered to act as buddies for students who are self-isolating – these staff are very keen to keep in touch and support you during this time.

A staff buddy is someone with whom you can have email and zoom contact on a regular basis to support you and as a route for you to ask questions or discuss concerns.

If you’d like to have a buddy for the period of your self-isolation, please email wideningaccess@strath.ac.uk with the word 'buddy' in the subject line.

We understand that self-isolation can be challenging and we have a range of measures in place to support student mental health and wellbeing during this period:

If you are self-isolating in a University Hall of Residence, you will be provided with a free food pack and free cleaning products. If you require either or both of these packs please email village.office@strath.ac.uk.You will also be offered daily check-ins from staff volunteers through the buddy programme.

We are 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. Over weekends we are hosting daily online drop-ins.

We are enhancing our provision for students living in halls on and off campus to include named counsellors for each hall of residence. This will include access to a professional counsellor 7 days a week.

You can also continue to make direct referrals to the Disability & Wellbeing Service to access mental health and wellbeing support. Our Early Intervention Team are offering same-day initial appointments to students who require support. You can review the Disability & Wellbeing Service webpages or email the service directly disability-wellbeing@strath.ac.uk for further information.

The University recognises that some students are experiencing financial challenges as a result of the impact of Covid-19.

The University has also established a dedicated Covid19 Hardship Fund. To apply to the fund please visit our web page https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarships/covid-19hardshipfund/. An application to this fund will also be considered for other appropriate funds including the Discretionary Fund.

We have also established a Covid-19 Relief Scholarship for returning students to address individual financial issues, including outstanding and ongoing tuition fee payments. Please contact student-advice@strath.ac.uk

General advice and guidance on student financial support can be found here.

If you are withdrawing from your course and plan to return to your family home on a permanent basis, you should notify your academic Department or School and Accommodation Services of your plans.

Before making your decision it is helpful to discuss your options with a member of staff from your department.

The Careers Service Team are also a valuable source of information and advice. You can contact the team on yourcareer@strath.ac.uk

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020 introduced notice to leave periods for students residing in halls of residence and Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA).  Under the legislation, you are obliged to give the University 28 days’ notice of your intention to depart from your hall of residence.

In recognition of the exceptional circumstance of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University will release you from your contract on the day you leave and will not charge you for the 28 day notice period.

To end your occupancy agreement your accommodation should be cleared of all your belongings and your keys and completed departure form should be returned to the Village Office.