Keeping you safe in halls

With the start of term approaching, we understand that you may have questions about the safety of our halls and the additional measures that will be in place to protect you.

Here’s some of the steps we’re taking 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.

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)
  • Twice 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. For these students, the average ratio of students sharing one single bathroom will be 4:1 – similar to many households in the UK.

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 a hall warden team, 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.