StudentsGuide to self-isolation off-campus

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.

You must complete a form before travelling to confirm to UK border agents your journey details.

If you need to self-isolate on arrival, please book accommodation for the full 10 day period before your arrival.

Please note that the requirement to self-isolate applies to all arrivals unless you are covered by an exemption detailed in the links above, even if you have previously had covid-19 or have recently tested negative for the virus.

If you use public transport to reach your accommodation, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 2 metres apart from other people. Pack a face covering or scarf to cover your nose and mouth before you travel.  Further information on the use of face coverings, including exemptions.

If necessary, and you have a long journey within the UK to arrive at your self-isolation accommodation, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation before continuing your journey. You must self-isolate and provide the address of your overnight stop on your passenger locator form

During self-isolation, you should not have any visitors unless they are providing essential care. The only friends and family who you can have contact with are those who travelled with you or people you are staying with.

You should not leave your accommodation, unless it is for one of the limited reasons (such as essential medical care) listed on the Scottish Government guidance.

Check any information your accommodation provider has given you about access to facilities and any help they can offer.

Your accommodation provider may have made special arrangements for you to get some essential supplies: please check with them.

The major UK supermarkets and Amazon provide grocery delivery services. Please note there is sometimes high demand for delivery services.

You can order a wide range of food and household goods (like toiletries, cleaning materials and some clothes) from these retailers.

You can also order food for delivery from restaurants and take-away shops on websites Just Eat or Deliveroo.

Yes. You will be able to complete your University registration online and register for classes. The majority of our teaching will be delivered online in January and February, gradually transitioning to blended learning when government guidance allows.


Strath Union organises many online events and activities for all Strathclyde students.

The International Student Support team hold online “International Café” events where you can meet other students. You’ll receive an email every week with details of these events and others activities and information for international students.

You will also receive communications from your department and faculty that will include opportunities to meet staff and students remotely.

University support services are available remotely.

The University’s Disability and Wellbeing Service offers advice, information and support to students on a range of health, disability, mental health and wellbeing issues. If you have any queries regarding your health and coronavirus, you should contact

The International Student Support Team offers guidance and information to all registered international students, especially those that concern immigration and personal issues.

Strath Union Advice Hub offers advice and support on a range of issues, including housing matters.

Student volunteers are offering a telephone wellbeing check. If you would like the Students’ Union to arrange a phone call to check in on you please complete the form available.

Many members of University staff have volunteered to act as buddies for students who are self-isolating. A staff buddy is a person with whom you can have email and Zoom contact on a regular basis to offer support and as a route for you to ask questions or discuss concerns.

If you’d like to be assigned a buddy for the period of your self-isolation, please email and put the word 'buddy' in the subject line.

You can also access other student services remotely.

The National Health Service offers health information by phone and on the web:


New students should register with a doctor as soon as they can. You may be able to complete this process online. See our pages for more information on how to register with a GP.

There is also a national self-isolation helpline, which you can call on 0800 111 4000, or via textphone on 0800 111 4114. The helpline is open during office hours (9am to 5pm), Monday to Friday. 

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new and persistent cough or a loss of taste and smell) you should self-isolate and book a test.

If the test is negative you no longer need to self-isolate. If the test is positive, Test and Protect will ask you for all your close contacts and they will also be asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result, or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate, or you are displaying symptoms, please notify us via the Covid-19 Notifications Webform. If you are notifying on behalf of someone else, or have an enquiry in relation to notification please contact

Please see further information on the Scottish Government Website:

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