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Accommodation during COVID-19

We are committed to creating a safe home environment and a sense of belonging for students living in halls.

Check out our videos to learn more about the measures we are putting in place to ensure COVID-secure accommodation for those living in University-managed residences…

 

University-managed accommodation

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our new student intake, we’re making a number of changes to ensure our University-managed accommodation is COVID-secure, while remaining a brilliant and friendly space to live, work, relax and socialise. 

The measures we are taking include reducing the occupancy levels in our existing student flats and houses, so that you have plenty of room and the potential risk of infection is reduced. We will also allocate accommodation to students undertaking similar courses to create protected households – or ‘bubbles’ – helping to foster a supportive living, learning community.

Private accommodation

While the measures outlined above relate specifically to accommodation managed by Staffordshire University, we will also continue to work closely with our Students’ Union to encourage private landlords to ensure they are prioritising the health, safety and wellbeing of our students.

Students living in private accommodation should seek guidance on their accommodation position from their landlords. The University and the Students’ Union will also continue to liaise with private landlords to remind them of their responsibilities to our students. If you encounter any difficulties with private landlords, you can contact the Staffordshire University Students’ Union Advice Centre on 01782 294629, or by emailing sac@staffs.ac.uk. Our team are in place to offer support, guidance and advocacy wherever necessary.

Will I still be able to socialise?

Regardless of whether you are living in University-managed or private accommodation, please rest assured that these measures are not designed to prevent safe socialising and interaction between students. We know that the relationships you form with your peers form a vital part of the student experience, which is why we plan to work closely with our Students’ Union to deliver COVID-secure social events throughout the 2020/21 academic year and beyond.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities, and to socialise with your fellow students outside of your accommodation, in line with the latest public health guidance issued by the UK government and other relevant authorities.

What if I need to self-isolate?

If you are told to self-isolate and you would feel more comfortable doing so at your family home, you can travel there by car if it is safe to do so. If you are not able to relocate to a different address, or if you would prefer to self-isolate in your term-time accommodation, our team will be on hand to provide the guidance and support you need.

If you are a student and have been advised by a physician or NHS guidance to self-isolate, please notify us by completing the COVID-19 Self Isolation Declaration Form  and calling the Staffordshire University Coronavirus Helpline on 01782 298500. All students living in University-managed accommodation will have received information about the self-isolation procedures and provision available for them. Please check your student email account for this guidance.

For further information on advice and support available to those who are self-isolating, please check your student email address for this guidance.

To learn more about Staffordshire University’s accommodation offering, check out our accommodation pages.

If you are a Staffordshire University student studying with one of our Collaborative Academic Partners, please contact the institution in question for information about local arrangements. 

This page was last updated on Thursday 30 July 2020 at 3.48pm. Please check back for the latest guidance.