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COVID-19 guidance: START HERE

By Adrian 23 Oct 2020

We hope you find this short summary of our COVID-19 procedures helpful.

Please check for updates regularly at campuslife.london.ac.uk/tags/COVID-19.

We also recommend that you stay up to date with guidance published by the UK government and the NHS.

Arriving in halls

See this post for guidance about travelling and moving in to your hall of residence: https://campuslife.london.ac.uk/arriving-this-augustseptember_122387.

We have more information about UK visas and immigration, the National Health Service, and registration with the police here: https://campuslife.london.ac.uk/international-students-essential-info_120329.

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Rules and regulations

Pages 8-9 of your accommodation Licence Agreement and pages 10-17 of the Hall Handbook contain essential provisions relating to COVID-19. Both documents are available to download from the page for your hall at halls.london.ac.uk. Please ensure you are familiar with these. Provisions of the Licence Agreement and Hall Handbook are enforceable.

Our personal, individual, and collective responsibility to one another

We hope that you will recognise the great importance of everyone taking the necessary actions to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is true that most student residents in our halls are unlikely to suffer any serious consequences of coronavirus infection, but our hall communities do also include individuals (students and staff) who are at higher risk.

By some estimations, infections in young adults may be asymptomatic in up for 40% of cases, but those asymptomatic people can still transmit COVID-19 to others who may be at higher risk – in hall, at university, in a restaurant, out shopping. So we must do all that we can to keep others safe.

There is also a more selfish convenience factor to consider: if we act in ways that promote COVID-19 transmission in our halls and communities, we are all more likely be under tougher lockdown restrictions or quarantine and self-isolation.

Standard precautions to be taken by all residents

Throughout your time in the intercollegiate halls, please observe the standard precautions for all residents in all halls. These include requirements around wearing face coverings, using disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser, and guests/visitors.

If the local and national situation allows, and if we are able to put necessary safeguards in place, we may be able to relax some of these standard precautions. In this case, we will advertise any changes widely.

Your “household”



A household is normally defined as a group of people who share bedroom, bathroom, or food preparation facilities.

A type 1 household in the intercollegiate halls is a clearly defined group of people in self-catered accommodation who share a kitchen; they may also share a bathroom. This type of accommodation is found at Garden Halls (Townhouses & HPT), Eleanor Rosa, House, and Handel Mansions. In a type 1 household, if one person develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household must contact quarantine for 14 days or until the person with symptoms receives a negative test result. People in a type 1 household can socialise normally with one another indoors and outdoors, without having to maintain 2m distance, and if the household is larger than six people, they are still allowed to gather socially, provided no one from outside the household joins the gathering. Within the halls, we ask that any type 1 household gatherings of more than six household members take place either inside the flat where the household is based, or outside the halls in a public space.

A type 2 household in the intercollegiate halls is a less well-defined group of people in catered accommodation who are invited to attend dinner at the same time as one another – usually this is one floor or one wing of the building. The rooms in a type 2 household are typically arranged in a traditional halls of residence or hotel layout, with long corridors of bedrooms that open directly onto the corridor. In many cases, members of a type 2 household share a large multi-cubicle “institutional” bathroom; but these households do also include those with en suite rooms. There is no requirement for everyone in the household to contact quarantine if someone develops symptoms of COVID-19. If a household member receives a positive test result for coronavirus, consideration will be given to quarantining the type 2 household following a case-by-case risk assessment; but in many cases, this will not be necessary. People in a type 2 household can socialise indoors and outdoors in groups of up to six people. They should attempt, wherever possible, to maintain a distance of 2m from other people, or if 2m distancing is not possible, at least 1m plus other measures such as wearing a face covering (this applies whether or not they are members of the same type 2 household). In the intercollegiate halls, we will enforce the “rule of six” and the wearing of face coverings, but we will not take disciplinary action for failure to maintain distance.

A type 3 household in the intercollegiate halls is a completely self-contained, self-catered flat where no facilities are shared with other residents. Sometimes this type of accommodation is occupied by couples or families. In a type 3 household, if one person develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire flat must contact quarantine for 14 days or until the person with symptoms receives a negative test result.

If you become unwell

We hope that you will remain in good health throughout your time in the intercollegiate halls. If you should unfortunately become unwell with symptoms of possible COVID-19, please stay in your room and follow the self-isolation instructions (there are slightly different instructions for Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The instructions include details of how you will obtain food, and the circumstances in which you would be allowed to leave your room.

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-isolating.

You should arrange to have a test for coronavirus as soon as possible.

We will need to tell other residents in your household that they must self-quarantine. We will not disclose your name when we do this.

If another hall resident becomes unwell

If a resident in a type 1 or type 3 household has symptoms of coronavirus or a positive test for COVID-19, all members of that household must contact quarantine for 14 days, starting from when the person's symptoms first began. We will ask household members to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions). The resident who is unwell will have a test for COVID-19. If the test is negative, household members can end the period of self-quarantine.

There is no automatic requirement for members of a type 2 household to contact quarantine if one member develops coronavirus.

Regardless of the household type, if a resident has a positive test for COVID-19, our UoL Trace team will identify any close contacts of the person and ask them to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions).

NHS Test and Trace

If you have been in contact with someone who subsequently has a positive coronavirus test, you may receive a call or text from the NHS Test and Trace service. They will tell you to self-isolate for 14 days (in halls, we are calling this contact quarantine, but the NHS will say self-isolation). This is a legal requirement in England.

In hall, you will need to follow our contact quarantine instructions (which are slightly different for residents at Eleanor Rosa House and Handel Mansions).

It is essential that you notify us that you are self-quarantining if NHS Test and Trace have told you to do so.

You can find out more about NHS Test and Trace HERE.

International travel

If you are arriving in, or have travelled outside, the UK, you may be required by law to self-isolate (in halls, we are calling this travel quarantine, but the government website will say self-isolation). Government rules are changing frequently, so please check the current guidance at least 48 hours before you are due to travel to the UK.

If the rules require you to quarantine when you arrive in the UK, you will need to follow our travel quarantine instructions, which are slightly different for residents in catered accommodation and those in self-catered accommodation.

If you are at higher risk from COVID-19

Please see our guidance for vulnerable students.

If you are someone at higher risk from COVID-19 and are planning to move into the Intercollegiate Halls, please get in contact with us to discuss what we can do to help keep you safe. You can email us at info.halls@london.ac.uk.

The NHS website has further information.

Questions and concerns

Please raise any questions or concerns with your Hall Manager or Warden in the first instance. If you still have questions after that discussion, you can contact residential.life@london.ac.uk (please include a brief outline of the prior conversation with your Warden or Hall Manager).

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the University of London Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, and the Warden of Connaught Hall. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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