Quarantine Whilst in University Accommodation

Take a look at the government’s rules around quarantining and newly issued guidance on a voluntary “Test and Release” scheme which may enable you to end your quarantine early (you will note that this requires payment for a private test).

Please ensure you are aware of your full address in Manchester as you will be asked to complete a self-declaration form on arrival and you will need to provide accurate information on where you will be living.

Quarantine 3 Day Food Pack Available to new students arriving to the University for the first time ahead of Semester

New students arriving to the UK who are required to Quarantine after arrival can book a FREE 3 Day Quarantine Food Pack which will be issued upon arrival. Please note that the food pack is only available to new students arriving to the University for the first time. We require a minimum of 72 hours to process a booking.

To book a Quarantine 3 Day Food Pack click here.

What does quarantine mean ?

It’s important to avoid as much contact with other people as possible to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus. You should stay in a well-ventilated room with the window open as much as possible.

You are not permitted to have any visitors, including family and friends, unless they are providing you with care or emergency assistance. They should not enter your household.

You should not leave your accommodation unless you hear a fire alarm in which case make your way out of the building to the nearest muster point. Please observe social distancing regulations when outside.

All our accommodation is non-smoking and this includes e-cigarettes.

You must stay in your accommodation nominated on your self-declaration form.

Do not mix with others in your household until after your period of quarantine is completed.

Allocation of Accommodation

In halls that are flats these are considered to be households.

In halls where there are corridor type accommodation we have identified which rooms belong a household, you will be told which household you belong to. Each household as an identified bathroom and kitchen.

At no times should you mix with other households or use facilities designated for use by another household.

In catered halls you will be required to sit with your household.

Bedding and kitchen equipment

If you are not intending bringing items with you then you can pre-order items from UniKit who will deliver to halls –just make sure you order in plenty of time so items are here for your arrival.

More information on what you can expect in halls and a link to UniKit is available http://www.accommodation.manchester.ac.uk/current/before/pack/ .

We’re here for you

Everyone in residences is here to support you and understand having to quarantine in a different country may be difficult. Our ResLife teams live in halls and after you arrive will regularly contact you to check you are ok or if you need anything. This will be using a phone, if you have changed your phone number then please let us know by emailing reslife-admin@manchester.ac.uk – don’t forget to include your name, address and university ID number on the email.

You can also contact ResLife if you need anything either by emailing them on reslife-admin@manchester.ac.uk or in the evening / over weekends call the duty ResLife Advisor for your hall http://www.accommodation.manchester.ac.uk/reslife/info/contact/

We will let all our team members know of all students who are in quarantine. Any repairs or maintenance that is required in your room will only be done following the 14 day period of quarantine unless these are urgent and affect your stay in your room.

Feeling unwell during quarantine

It is vitally important that if you feel unwell during quarantine that you let us know, so we can support you.

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

If you have any of the symptoms listed above you must stay at home and arrange for a test.

You must contact us to let us know you have symptoms either by:

  1. Between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday contact our ResLife team reslife-admin@manchester.ac.uk or contact your halls reception.
  2. Out with the hours above (and weekends) contact your on duty ResLife Advisor (RLA). Their contact details are http://www.accommodation.manchester.ac.uk/reslife/info/contact/

You should also contact your school / faculty to inform them.

What happens if I or someone in my household has symptoms or is diagnosed with Covid-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19, you can do this online https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ .

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

All other household members must stay at home and not leave the household for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken. If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 14-day isolation period.

If you have symptoms try and stay as far away from other members of your household as possible. You should ensure that when you use shared facilities that you wipe down areas after use and arrange to use the kitchen area when other members of your household are not.

Register with a Doctor

It is really important that you register with a local doctor, details of the nearest practice to your hall can be found http://www.accommodation.manchester.ac.uk/current/before/gp/

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