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 after the Christmas Vacation
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 do not meet these criteria and will therefore not be returning to halls before 7 February, we wish to reassure you that you will not be charged for the Term 2 accommodation fees from 11 January to 7 February 2021, i.e. 4 weeks rent for the period that you are not able to occupy your accommodation.
If you are not returning to Loughborough during this period and wish to claim the 4-week rebate, please follow the information on our announcement page and complete our online Accommodation Credit Request form.
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: