Self-isolating in residences

This page gives you important information about self-isolating in University accommodation. 

Supporting you through self-isolation

We understand that self-isolating can be challenging and at times difficult. That’s why our dedicated Residence Life team are on-hand 7 days a week, day and night to provide you with help and support every step of the way should you need to self-isolate.

It is very important that you let us know should you need to self-isolate in University accommodation by completing our University of Leeds residence self-isolating reporting form. The Residence Life team will then know you are self-isolating and will provide you with the support and assistance you need.

As soon as you complete the form you will be contacted by the Residence Life team advising you of the initial steps you need to take and provide you with the important information you need to know. You will then be asked to let us know if you would like us to keep in touch. This is where you can inform us how much support and contact you would like from us – as we know everyone is different. This can range from check-in phone calls and emails several times a week, through to us just being on the end of the phone should you need it. However much or as little support you feel you need; we are here to make sure you get it.

It isn’t just the emotional support we can offer; we can also offer any practical assistance you may need from getting post and parcels up to your flat to helping you to get food delivered as well as answering any other questions you might have. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page.

As a reminder you should:

  • Report to us immediately if you begin to have any symptoms of covid-19, test positive for covid-19 or are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Use the support that’s available from our Residence Life team, Leeds University Union or the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service. They’re here to help you whenever you need them.

When and how you should self-isolate

Reporting that you are self isolating

There are four reasons you may need to isolate. These are:

  • You are experiencing symptoms of covid-19 (a new persistent cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in your sense of taste or smell)
  • You have tested positive for covid-19
  • You have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • You have travelled from an amber list country

If you need to isolate in University accommodation, you must notify us as soon as possible by completing our University of Leeds residence self-isolating reporting form.

Self-isolating if you are fully vaccinated

The Government has brought in new rules on self-isolation for people who are fully vaccinated. ‘Fully vaccinated’ means you must have had the final dose of a UK-approved vaccine at least 14 whole days ago.  

If you are fully vaccinated and then are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, live in a household with someone who has tested positive or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace then you should:

  • Book a PCR covid-19 test through the NHS coronavirus testing website.
  • Whilst you wait for your test result to come back you should take care not to potentially infect others by wearing a face covering, social distancing from others and avoiding crowded locations
  • If your PCR test is positive you should notify us and self-isolate immediately, if it is negative you can carry on as normal – taking care to follow the guidance in place around the University and your residence

For more information about vaccines and where you can have one nearby take a look at the University’s vaccination information page.

NHS testing

If you are currently experiencing symptoms or start to do so during your time in self-isolation you should arrange to get tested through the NHS within 5 days of your symptoms starting. To book a test please visit the NHS coronavirus testing website. If your test comes back positive, you should complete the University of Leeds residences self-isolating reporting form again immediately to notify us and the University. If your test result is negative then you should let us know this as well via email residencelife@leeds.ac.uk. Lateral flow tests cannot be used to end isolation early.

Can I leave my flat?

Government guidance states that if you are self-isolating with symptoms or because you have tested positive for covid-19, you should not leave your room/flat unless it is an emergency.

Smoking

Government guidance states that if you are self-isolating with symptoms or because you have tested positive for covid-19, you should not leave your room/flat to smoke outside. Please remember you are not permitted to smoke indoors – this includes e-cigarettes.

Fire alarms

If you are self-isolating and the fire alarm sounds for longer than 10 seconds and is not a test, you should evacuate immediately and once outside stand in your household two metres from others.

How long do I and/or my flatmates need to self-isolate for?

It is very important if you have symptoms or a positive test result that you let your flatmates know as following Government guidance they may also need to self-isolate

Read the careful below carefully to see when you or your flatmates should self-isolate. There are different Government rules depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated. 

Reason for self-isolation Self-isolation period for the student with symptoms/positive test result/been contacted by NHS Test and Trace Self-isolation period for flatmates of student who are not fully vaccinated Actions for flatmates of student who are fully vaccinated
Positive test result Isolate for 10 days from day of positive test result Isolate for 10 days from day of positive test result for the initial student  Take a PCR test as soon as possible, limit close contact with others whilst you await the results
Experiencing symptoms Isolate for 10 days from symptoms starting Isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms started for the initial student  Take a PCR test as soon as possible, limit close contact with others whilst you await the results
Told to do so by NHS Test and Trace when not fully vaccinated Isolate for 10 days from last contact with the individual who has now tested positive No need to self-isolate unless you or another person in your flat starts to develop symptoms No need to self-isolate unless you start to develop symptoms
Told to do so by NHS Test and Trace when fully vaccinated Take a PCR test as soon as possible, limit close contact with others whilst you await the results No need to self-isolate unless you or another person in your flat start to develop symptoms No need to self-isolate unless you start to develop symptoms
Travel through an Amber list country Isolate for 10 days from the day after you arrived in the UK unless you are fully vaccinated with a UK-recognised vaccine No need to self-isolate unless you or another in your flat starts to develop symptoms No need to self-isolate unless you start to develop symptoms
Travel through an Red list country You are unable to self-isolate in Residences. You should book a Government approved hotel. N/A N/A

 

Food and other essential supplies 

Online deliveries

If you need to get any food or essential supplies, please consider utilising online delivery services or asking a friend to shop for you, you can find more information on this here. If you are still struggling to order food, please contact residencelife@leeds.ac.uk or call 0113 343 5068 during office hours. 

Catered students

If you are a catered student, during your self-isolation we will make arrangements for your meals to be delivered to your flat. However, before we can do so you must complete this form to advise us of your dietary requirements.

Self-catered students

In the first instance you should try to order food using online delivery services, or asking a friend who is not self-isolating to shop for you and drop the food off at your flat door. Please let the site team know by phone or email and during working hours, they will facilitate getting your food to you by leaving it outside your flat door. Out of hours please contact night staff, student ambassadors at your site or the RLA.

If you struggling to get food delivered through supermarkets, online delivery services or from a friend, please contact us at residencelife@leeds.ac.uk or call 0113 343 5068 during office hours.

Sharing communal facilities

Kitchens and bathrooms

During your period of self-isolation you should try to minimise your use of the kitchen and any communal bathrooms that are in your flat. When you do use them, try to do so when no one else is. If you don’t already have one a WhatsApp group or similar may help you and your flatmates to coordinate this, or you could create a rota. Remember that once you have finished using these areas you must clean up thoroughly by washing/wiping everything you have touched with detergent and water.

Laundry

If your residence has communal laundrette facilities, following UK government guidance during your period of self-isolation and for a further three days following the completion of your self-isolation, you will not be able to use these facilities. 

We know that this is inconvenient but government guidelines clearly state you cannot leave your home if you are self-isolating except for in emergencies and therefore that you should not use a public laundrette during this time to reduce the risk of spreading covid-19.

If you do find that you don’t have enough clean clothes during this time then we can provide you with products to help hand wash your clothes – just contact the Residence Life team via residencelife@leeds.ac.uk.

If your flat has its own washing machine in the kitchen, this can be used during your self-isolation. 

Post, maintenace and refuse collection

Post and parcels

Post and parcels for our residences are delivered to the residence site office. If during your self-isolation you are expecting an important parcel or letter (such as a bank card or medication) you should email the site team and let them know. They will bring the letter and/or parcel to your flat.

Alternatively, you can send a friend who is not self-isolating to reception to collect the parcel. Site teams will keep any post/parcels that arrive for you at the site office until your isolation period is over.

Maintenance

We hope that you don’t experience any maintenance issues and normally we would fix these as soon as possible after they are reported. However, whilst you are self-isolating we will only attend to fix urgent maintenance works in your room or flat. We will attend to any non-urgent maintenance works at the end of your self-isolation period.

Please log any maintenance issues via the Maintenance tab in the Accommodation Portal. This allows the residence staff to send you updates on the progress of your request. If you are living in one of our partner sites (CitySide, Grayson Heights, iQ Leeds, James Baillie Park, Leodis, Clarence Dock Village (formerly Liberty Dock), Mary Morris, Oxley, Royal Park Flats,The Tannery, Burley Road, Hepworth Lodge or Oak House), or are having trouble accessing the Accommodation Portal, then you can report the fault to the staff in your residence site office.

If you discover the fault outside office hours and you think it could be a safety risk, please contact the Residence Life Assistant on duty and/or University Security Services on (+44) 0113 343 5494. 

Refuse collection

Residence Arrangments for refuse collection
Central Village, Charles Morris, Devonshire, Ellerslie, Henry Price, Lupton, Lyddon, Montague Burton, North Hill Court, Sentinel Towers & St Marks Please double bag rubbish and leave this outside your flat door on any weekday by 10am and this will be collected for you. Note: If you live in Charles Morris Storm Jameson (East & West) rubbish will be collected from your kitchen.  
CitySide, Oxley, Royal Park Flats, Shared Houses Please keep refuse in your flat until your self-isolation period is over and then decant to the bins on site
Blenheim Point Please double bag rubbish and leave this outside your flat door, the cleaner will collect each morning
Clarence Dock Village, James Baillie Park, The Tannery, White Rose View Please leave full refuse bags of waste neatly tied and free of leakages outside your flat door
iQ Leeds Please leave full refuse bages of waste neatly tied and free of leakages outside your flat door by 11am, Monday to Friday.
Leodis Place refuse in bags outside your flat door for collection and advise the site team of this, between 9am to 5pm

 

Need further support or have questions?

Please contact the Residence Life team (residencelife@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 5068), or your Residence Life Warden via email, or out of hours you can contact your Residence Life Assistant or Security Services on (+44) 0113 343 5494. 

You can also find information on all the support available across the University on the help and support pages.