The guidance below is based on UK government guidance and therefore is subject to change as and when changes and updates are made.
Students from red list countries
Current UK requirements are that students arriving from red list countries must quarantine for ten days in Government-approved hotel provision in a managed quarantine hotel using the Government's Managed Quarantine Service (.pdf).
For January 2022 courses:
We will reimburse the cost of the Government-approved hotel provision once you have commenced your main programme of study. Students will need to complete our Quarantine Expenses Form in order to make a claim. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions in relation to who is eligible to claim (.pdf).
After your quarantine period in a Government-approved hotel, you will be able to travel to your term-time address.
Students from rest of the world (non-red list countries) who need to self-isolate
Current UK requirements are that some students arriving from non-red list countries must self-isolate for 10 days but do not need to be in dedicated quarantine hotels. More information about whether you might need to self-isolate on arrival can be found on the UK Government website.
If you have an Accommodation Essex accommodation allocation for the academic year 2021-2022, the University will be offering on-campus accommodation for your period of self-isolation. This accommodation will be provided to you free of charge from the date you arrive, to when your normal accommodation tenancy starts.
When you receive your accommodation allocation and have accepted this offer, you will be invited to make a booking for the free accommodation in order to self-isolate.
Due to capacity in our accommodation, it is likely you will spend your period of self-isolate in one location and will then move into your term-time accommodation straight afterwards.
You may have other students in the flat during your self-isolation period. You will be sharing kitchen facilities (and in some flats bathroom facilities) but you should avoid using these facilities at the same time.
If you are planning to live in private sector accommodation, you will need to self-isolate in your private sector accommodation on arrival.