Adapting our accommodation offer for Coronavirus

Alongside our new approach to learning with ignite, we also want to make sure we provide an accommodation offer that suits you and is safe and secure. 

All this information is of course subject to any changes in Government rules and guidelines. If you have an enquiry regarding our accommodation, please contact

You are guaranteed a place in University-managed accommodation if you apply before 1 September.

Across all our buildings and spaces you will see our distinctive yellow signage with information, instructions and reminders to help keep everyone safe.

Contracts available

To make things easier during this time, we have developed a range of accommodation contracts.

  • Term 1 contract: From Welcome Week to the Christmas break.
  • Terms 2 and 3 contract: From the Christmas break to the summer vacation (including the Easter break).
  • Full year contract: 39 weeks in The Village, or 42 weeks in The City. (A 52-week contract in The City is available for postgraduate students only.)
  • Weekly contract: Where we have space available, and taking into account social distancing, we will offer week-by-week contracts. We will provide one set of bedding, a towel and basic kitchen equipment which you can use during your stay and you will have access to our cleaning and laundry facilities. 

Live and Learn Bubbles

Government advice often refers to ‘bubbles’. When you move into your accommodation, the other students sharing space (kitchen/bathroom) with you are your new bubble.

Where possible we will match you with students on the same course, allowing you to create a new household where there are no requirements for social distancing.

You and your flatmates will be able to travel, study, eat, socialise, play sport or exercise, and shop in the City together with no social distancing

Communal spaces

All our accommodation buildings have signposted hand-wash facilities and hygiene information.

We have sanitiser dispensers and touchpoint wiping stations in all accommodation entrances and communal areas.

We will clean lifts daily. The maximum number of people per lift has been reduced with notices on each floor and floor marking in the lift itself to make this clear. There are wiping stations on the ground floor of each building. Remember that there are also stairs!

When post arrives for you, we will send you an email. You will be able to collect it from reception in a safe, contactless way. There are Amazon lockers in The Village and the Students’ Union.


Our Residence Life team will provide virtual check-ins as well as their usual face-to-face catch ups.

All University buildings and accommodation have 24/7 Security support.

An easy way for students to access help is through the Safezone app. Location settings allow us to find you quickly should you need help. We also monitor key routes between and around our buildings to keep you safe when travelling to and from campus.

Arrival (and pre-arrival)

Moving-in day can be chaotic and busy so we have introduced a new pre-arrival ‘drop and go’ system that will run all summer. You can pre-book a slot to bring non-perishable items for your room before term starts, so moving in will be a lot quicker, simpler – and safer.

Not sure what to bring? Don’t worry, we will be providing an easy to follow checklist with what to drop off early and what to bring on the day of main arrival.

With most of your items already here, the check-in process at the start of term will be 100% contactless. You will be given a time-slot to move in, and will only be able to bring one other person with you.

Sanitised trolleys, wipe stations and handwashing and sanitiser stations to keep you and others safe. We will provide you with a face covering and a mini hand sanitiser.

Social distancing and events

Our Welcome Talks will be live and virtual, with a virtual meet and greet for the Residential Advisers (RAs) in each hall.

We are organising a mix of safe social distance events and virtual events throughout term. Events calendars for each site will be published before term starts. Available facilities will be bookable in advance.

There will be a special programme of online events for any students who are quarantining or self-isolating.

We will offer information sessions on topics such as cleaning/hygiene and how to make your own face covering. 


If you have travelled from outside the UK and have to go into quarantine, for that period we will put you in a flat with other students who travelled with you (no more than three students per flat).

We will keep in touch regularly to check everything is okay. We will ensure that you have access to food, bedding, toiletries etc. No-one will enter your flat during your quarantine period, except for emergencies.

After your quarantine period, we will assign you to your regular accommodation with other students.