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Quarantine and Self-Isolation in University Accommodation

This guidance has been developed for students who are required to self-isolate in University accommodation. To help us maintain a safe environment on campus we ask that you follow the Scottish Government guidance on quarantine and self-isolation and the information in this leaflet.  


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.

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


If you are required to quarantine you should let us know, either via the arrival appointment booking page or by email to student.accommodation@strath.ac.uk  

On arrival to the Student Village you should report to reception where you will be given the keys to your room. You can stay there throughout your period of self-isolation. Where possible you will be allocated to a flat with other students who are also completing a period of isolation. You should distance yourself from others in your flat until your period of isolation comes to an end.

During self-isolation, you should not have any visitors unless they are providing essential care. 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. We have put arrangements in place so that you should only need to leave if absolutely necessary.

On arrival you will be given a food pack with enough food to last you for at least one week. The pack also contains cleaning products and other essentials. Please let us know if there is anything else you need and our team will do all they can to help.

Self-Isolation and symptoms 

If you experience any of the following symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test via NHS inform online or by calling 0800 028 2816

  • A high temperature or fever
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss of or change in taste or smell

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 covidnotifications@strath.ac.uk.

Please also inform us by emailing village.office@strath.ac.uk

Everyone else in your flat (household) and your close contacts should also isolate for 10 days and book a test if they develop symptoms.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you will be contacted by Test and Protect Scotland and asked to isolate for 10 days. If you develop symptoms you should book a test and follow government advice and guidance on self-isolation. Please see the Scottish Government website for more information:

The following information has been provided to assist you in completing your period of isolation in your accommodation. 

Use of shared facilities


If your flat has shared facilities, where possible, you will be assigned to your own bathroom.  You must only use the bathroom assigned to you and it should not be used by anyone else for the full period of your quarantine.  If this is not possible and you are sharing a bathroom you should clean it after each use.  You should keep your toiletries, towels etc. separate at all times.  Please clean the bathroom at the end of your period of quarantine using the products provided.


A kitchen rota will be provided.  You must only enter the kitchen during your designated times or when no one else is in the area.  You should take your meals back to your room to eat.  After each use, wipe down all surfaces and any items you have touched (kettle, fridge and cupboard door handles etc.) with the cleaning products and cloths provided.  You should keep your kitchen items separate and do not share any items with your flatmates.  Wash your dishes with washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly, remembering to use your own dishtowel. 

Cleaning and disposal of waste

Please remember to clean and wipe down surfaces regularly using the cleaning products provided.

Waste should be placed into the bin bags provided.  Full bags should be placed into another bag and tied securely.  Please do not leave your flat to dispose of your waste until after the end of your period of self-isolation.  Please leave bags outside your flat door and our staff will collect these each day. 

If you are self-isolating our cleaners will not access your flat and you will be responsible for keeping the flat clean until the end of your isolation period. 


During your period of self-isolation, you must not access the laundry.  Please wait until your self-isolation has ended before doing your washing.

Food and Essential Supplies

If you are completing a period of quarantine, a food pack will be supplied on arrival.  This contains enough food and other essentials to last at least one week.

You can also order food and other household goods online for delivery to you. Please note there is sometimes high demand for delivery services. Food deliveries can be left outside the door of your flat.  

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

If there is something you need that you have been unable to order, please discuss this with our contact team.

Fire alerts and emergencies

On hearing the fire alarm, evacuate the building by the nearest fire exit.  Please physically distance from others at the assembly point. Await instruction before re-entering the building.

Follow normal first aid procedures, call Security for assistance.

In an emergency call Security 0141 548 2222

Getting in contact with other students

Our Reslife team organise events and provide support for students living on campus.  You will receive information by email inviting you to join our online events. 

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.

Keeping in touch

Our team in Accommodation Services are here to support you and to ensure you have access to essential services while you isolate.  Whether that be access to medical assistance, online group activities, or wellbeing and counselling support. Our team will keep in regular contact to check how you are and to offer assistance. 

If you have not already done so on your application form, please provide your mobile number and email address so that we can keep in touch and check how you are.  We will contact you regularly and it is vital you respond so we know that you are ok. 

If you require assistance at any time, please contact the Village Office:

Email: village.office@strath.ac.uk  or phone:  0141 552 0626

Staff buddies

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 wideningaccess@strath.ac.uk and put the word 'buddy' in the subject line.

Help and support

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.

Email studenthealthenquiries@strath.ac.uk

There is 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-5pm) Monday to Friday. 

Ending Self-Isolation

Please email village.office@strath.ac.uk to confirm your self-solation has come to an end.

Further information

Please see further information on the Scottish Government website:


Keep up to date with the latest information for students on our website www.strath.ac.uk/coronavirus