Student information & FAQsGuidance for Student Accommodation

Keep up to date with Scottish Government guidance on what you can and cannot do.  This includes guidance on social gatherings and the limited exceptions which apply.

The Scottish Government guidance encourages students to remain on campus. It acknowledges that there may be circumstances where it is not possible for students to remain in their accommodation. The guidance asks you to consider any departure carefully before making a decision and sets out the steps you should take if you decide to return home.

As you have formed a new household within your student accommodation, you cannot stay overnight at another household.

You can meet one other household outdoors or in public places only, such as cafes, bars or restaurants. No more than six people from a maximum of two households may meet, and you should not meet inside another household.

You must follow the rules on indoor social gatherings.  It is an offence not to comply with the restrictions on gatherings.

It is essential that you adhere to the legislation.  Gatherings exceeding the rules create significant risk of spreading the virus.

The Scottish Government guidance recognises that there may be exceptional reasons why students may need to return home.

The guidance states that while it is an offence not to comply with the restrictions on gatherings, it is a defence if there is a reasonable excuse for going home.

A reasonable excuse might include a visit home for a family emergency, such as a bereavement, or for wellbeing reasons.

The Scottish Government guidance encourages students to remain on campus.

You should stay within your student accommodation and follow the guidance on self-isolating.

You must let us know if you are isolating by emailing covidnotifications@strath.ac.uk.

Information and guidance will be emailed to you the same day.

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 need to return home because you require the support and care of a friend, family member or other supportive person to allow you to comply with the requirement to self-isolate, it is important you follow the guidance on self-isolating to ensure any return home can take place as safely as possible. Reasons for needing support may include, but are not limited to, physical, financial or mental health support.

If you are considering going home, please bear in mind that the University is providing enhanced mental health and wellbeing and financial support for students who are isolating on campus.

Please also bear in mind that if you go home to self-isolate, the household you are returning to should also self-isolate.

If you are isolating and decide to go home you should not use public transport to travel home. You should follow the national travel guidance.

If you are being collected from your accommodation by a parent, family member, friend or other supportive person, they should contact the village office by email village.office@strath.ac.uk for guidance on how to do so safely.

When returning to your accommodation after your short visit home, please consider how best to travel and whether any precautions may be needed when returning. You should also contact student.accommodation@strath.ac.uk  to let us know you are returning.

Yes. As you and the University have entered into a contract for your accommodation for 39 weeks your room will kept for you for the duration of the contract.

No. Your accommodation contract covers short periods away from your University flat.

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.

The University of Strathclyde is an internationally leading technological university.  This year our plans for learning and teaching have been adapted to align with government guidance to keep our student and staff community safe.  This means that some of our teaching is being delivered online for an initial period with a transition to blended learning during the First Semester.   

Within our stated commitment to the provision of a blended learning in Academic Year 20/21 it is understood that there will be occasional circumstances in which individual students may be unable to attend campus and may need to study remotely for a period of time. In such situations, it is essential that affected students are in regular contact with their Department or School to discuss their individual situation and ensure that the appropriate mechanisms can be put in place to their studies throughout Semester 1 and successful onward academic progression.

The University has implemented all aspects of Government guidance to make the campus as safe as possible, however staff will take an empathetic approach to students raising concerns. The University’s Guidelines to support the learning and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students during periods of disruption outline the procedure that must be followed by students wishing to study remotely within Semester 1. It is essential that you discuss this decision with your Department or School prior to returning home. 

If you are unable to attend campus, your Programme Director/Year Advisor will discuss with you any mitigations that need to be taken into the account to ensure that you still meet the learning outcomes of your programme and any relevant Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements.

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 circumstances 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.