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Covid-19 Staying Safe in Halls

Staying safe in halls

We want to reassure our students that all social distancing meassures have been taken into consideration for your safety when you live in our accommodation. There is clear signage and markings to ensure students can adhere to a 2 metre distance and feel safe. We have also placed hand sanitiser at entry points for our students to use when entering and exiting the accommodation.

When you arrive:

THIS YEAR'S ARRIVALS WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DUE TO COVID-19.

ALL STUDENTS CAN START ARRIVING BETWEEN 7TH - 25TH SEPTEMBER ONLY.

IF YOUR LESSONS DO NOT START UNTIL THE 28TH SEPTEMBER, YOU CAN BOOK AN ARRIVAL SLOT TO MOVE INTO YOUR ACCOMMODATION AT A LATER DATE. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS REBOOK YOUR SLOT.

ALL STUDENTS WILL BE SENT AN ARRIVAL SLOT EMAIL WHERE YOU CHOOSE WHICH DATE YOU WILL BE ARRIVING AND THE TIME OF ARRIVAL. YOU MUST ARRIVE ON YOUR CHOSEN ALLOCATED SLOT DATE/TIME TO COLLECT YOUR KEYS. ANY STUDENTS ARRIVING OUTSIDE THEIR SLOT TIME OR DATE MAY NOT BE ACCOMMODATED AND WILL HAVE TO RETURN AND ARRIVE ON THEIR ALLOTTED SLOT OR RE-BOOK. STUDENTS CANNOT ARRIVE IF NO BOOKINGS HAVE BEEN MADE.

Once you arrive on your appointment slot, students will be given 90 minutes to move their items into their room. This is once again to ensure we limit the number of people on campus and inside our accommodation blocks at one time. 

We would like to request our arriving students to please limit the number of members that will be travelling with them on intake day. Ideally a maximum of 2 additional members is the limit as we need to ensure social distancing can be adhered to and to also limit the number of people on campus.

Our Expectations:

We expect our students to abide by the social distancing rules while living in accommodation. Accommodation should be treated as a shared household where mixing with other blocks is forbidden. Students will be put into "bubble" groups inside their accommodation corridor where social distancing can be relaxed to an extent as they would be classed as "same household" members. Students should not be bringing other students/friends/family into their accommodation and should be meeting outside of accommodation if they wish to socialise. 

Government guidelines make it clear that when seeing friends and family you do NOT live with, you should:

  • meet in groups of six or less
  • follow social distancing rules
  • limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time
  • meet people outdoors where practical - this is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation

Meeting in a group of more than six, indoors or outdoors, is now against the law and police have the powers to enforce these limits, including fines of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

If you are in the lockdown zone areas you can go outside those areas - but you cannot go to a friend or relative's home even if they live in an area where restrictions don't apply.

They cannot come to your home or garden either.

That's because the Government says there is an outbreak of coronavirus in areas such as Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, with infection rates rising - and the aim is to stop that outbreak spreading any further.

Please read letter for more information: Wolverhampton Lockdown Letter (Word doc 21k)

Parties are also not allowed during the pandemic.

Students will also not be allowed to have any overnight guests stay over during the pandemic.

Self-Isolation:

International students will be allocated to a seperate block where they will be able to self-isolate upon arrival. We will expect all international students and those who have been abroad 14 days prior to moving into our accommodation to self-isolate.

We understand that according to Government Guidance there are some Countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England. However, as a University, self-isolation will be a requirement for all our students as the list of exempt countries changes constantly. This meassure will help us keep our students and campus safe from the virus.

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, we strongly recommend you follow the Goverment Guidelines. There is a self isolation guide below to give you more details on what to do if you are showing Covid symtoms and need to self-isolate.

Face Masks:

The University will expect students and staff to wear a face mask when moving around campus. This includes around Catering outlets, Social areas and when walking in corridors. Face masks can be taken off once seated inside your classrooms and a 2 metre distance has been adhered too. If you have any exemptions of wearing a facemask, you do not have to fill out an exemption card. 

COVID-19 FAQs - For information around Covid campus rules.

Tips to keep safe:

  1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering building. If you do not have access to water, please use hand sanitiser.
  2. Avoid touching surface areas unnecessarily when out and about or in your accommodation block.
  3. Catch sneezes or cough into a tissue if possible and dispose the tissue immediately.
  4. Observe the 2 metre distance where possible.
  5. Change out of clothing as soon as possible after returning from outdoors.
  6. Use your own cutlery in the communal kitchen.
  7. Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectent after using kitchen.
  8. Wash up straight away after using untensils and kitchen area.
  9. Wipe down communal bathroom after use and not leave behind personal belongings.
  10. Do not bring friends/family or students from other blocks inside your accommodation as this breaches social distancing measures.

Downloadable documents: 

Social Distancing Posters:

Useful links: