Loughborough University Accommodation – Covid-19 information
Keeping you safe in halls
Here’s some of the additional measures and changes we have taken to ensure our halls of residence comply with the latest UK government guidelines on coronavirus (COVID-19) and continue to be a safe and welcoming home for our students.
Returning to Loughborough
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 5 January 2021 you should not return to Loughborough at this time unless you meet one of the following criteria:
- You have already arranged international travel to the UK,
- You do not have adequate space / facilities at home to study or undertake examinations,
- You consider that your mental health would be negatively affected if you remain at home,
- You are part of an elite sport performance pathway.
Please be aware that whilst the campus is open, it is operating with limited on-site services and under national lockdown rules, preventing social mixing between households. Please also note that the Government’s guidance states that you must not move back and forth between your permanent home and student home during term time.
If you are travelling from a country that does not have a travel ban, you can apply for a test under the Test and Release scheme on day 5 of your isolation period and leave isolation early if you receive a negative result. If you need to book yourself in for a test for this reason please use the link here and select the ‘test and release’ option. If you need to book yourself in for a test for this reason please use the link here and select the ‘test and release’ option. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise the date of your return so we can arrange your catering provision and support.
Travel restrictions to the UK are ever changing and it is important that you check the latest government advice for travel from your home country. On January 25 2021, the UK Government announced that over 30 countries were being placed on a travel ban list. This means that people travelling from or transiting in these countries will be denied entry into the UK. However, this ban does not apply to British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with 'residence rights' in the UK. If you have a Tier 4/new student visa or have pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, then this ban does not apply to you, because you have 'residence rights'. Please note however, that you will not be allowed to use the Test and Release Scheme to end self-isolation early and will need to isolate in your room for 10 full days. More details about the banned countries can be found on the UK Government website.
Students currently at home/not residing in University Halls.
- On 6 January, we announced a rent rebate for eligible students from 11 January to 7 February 2021, i.e. 4 weeks rent for the period that you were not able to occupy your accommodation. (If you have already applied for the 4 weeks credit, you do not have to re-submit a form.)
- Further to the VC announcement on 28 January, if your course is not set to return to in-person teaching until 1 March - any student who has been advised not to come back to campus AND continues to stay at home will be able to claim an accommodation rebate for the period of 11 January to 28 February 2021 (i.e. 7 weeks rent) for the period that you were not able to occupy your accommodation.
- Further to the VC announcement on 23 February, if your course requires you to return to campus for practical teaching or specialist facilities, you will be eligible for the rent rebate until the published return date for your course. If your course does not require you to return to campus for the remainder of Term 2, we will continue to rebate the fees until 12 April 2021.
- Further to the VC announcement on 13 April, If your programme of study does not have any scheduled in-person teaching you can continue to study away from the campus. Students in University accommodation that do not wish to return because there is no in-person teaching on their programme of study, may continue to apply for a rebate on Halls of Residence fees for the period of 13 April to 17 May (or date of return if earlier).
If you are not returning to Loughborough during this period and wish to claim the rent rebate, please follow the information on our announcement page and complete our online Accommodation Credit Request form.
If you have recently returned to campus (and claimed the rent rebate), the rebate will end from the date that you returned to your hall.
We’ll continue to be flexible
At times like these, we know how important it is to be flexible. That’s why we’ve updated our Terms and Conditions with additional cancellation rights, flexible licence start dates for those unable to reach the UK on time and the option of subsidised accommodation for students needing to self-isolate.
We’ve enhanced our hygiene measures
Our cleaning standards align with principle six of the Universities UK Principles and Considerations: Emerging from Lockdown recommendations.
Enhanced measures include:
- Hygiene stations for handwashing and/or hand sanitising as required
- Regular and thorough cleaning of high-touch points including banisters, study spaces, door handles and light switches
- Perspex shields have been installed as appropriate
- Comprehensive covid-19 training for staff including all University Hall cleaning staff
- Audited daily cleaning of communal bathroom facilities (weekdays)
- Weekly cleaning of kitchen areas
If you are living in University accommodation with shared facilities, you will be allocated to a specific bathroom in order to reduce the amount of students sharing the same facilities.
Following guidance in line with the current coronavirus alert level, it is not possible for University Hall cleaning staff to enter individual bedrooms to clean. Should the current alert level be reduced, bedroom cleaning will be re considered for re-implementation.
University recommended third party providers have also enhanced their hygiene and safety measures in line with government guidelines. For more information, please contact the accommodation provider directly.
You’ll be part of a new household
Once you have moved into your accommodation, you and your flatmates will be considered as a single household under the current UK government COVID-19 guidelines. You will be expected to follow the latest UK government advice to limit the risk of infection for yourself, your flatmates and the wider campus community.
We’ll be looking out for you
Every hall of residence has its own Fire Officer and hall warden system, providing you with safety, pastoral and welfare support whenever you need it.
If you feel anxious about your health or have reason to believe another student or staff member is endangering the health and safety of our campus community, you are encouraged to contact your hall warden immediately.
Plus, our on-campus security team are on duty 24 hours a day and can provide assistance on a range of safety and security matters.
For further information and guidance about living in halls of residence and living and studying on campus generally please see the pages as below: