If you are planning to stay in Christ Church accommodation - you have made a great choice. We want to make sure it is a home from home for you. A place where you can make new friends, feel safe and secure and enjoy discovering the city on your doorstep. 

The great thing about living in Christ Church accommodation, in these uncertain times, is that you know you will be looked after whatever, because we always put our students first.

We want to reassure you that your health and safety is a priority and we are following Government guidelines.

We will continue to monitor these guidelines and will respond, making any necessary adjustments. In the event of another national or local lockdown, please be assured that we will continue to accommodate and support you. 

COVID-19 guidance

Getting vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus. Remember it takes two weeks after your second jab to be fully vaccinated, so to be safe when you return to campus, you do not want to delay getting both vaccinations.

Testing before travel

Students are expected to take a lateral flow test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy.

Testing on arrival

On arrival at university, students are expected to take 2 lateral flow tests using home test kits. This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country. It is then recommend that you take a test twice weekly.

Those students coming back to the UK from overseas need to check the latest information on country risk levels before travelling.

Those countries on the red list will be required to quarantine in a managed hotel. Those on the amber list will have to quarantine in their own accommodation. Students should refer to the latest information on country risk levels before travelling.

International students staying in University accommodation can arrive early, free of charge, if they need to quarantine safely in their own accommodation before teaching starts.

For most students this will take place in your allocated accommodation and if you need to arrive early you will not be charged for this. 

Any students requiring quarantine will need to contact the accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk to advise us of your arrival date and any additional requirements.

The University can help you with food during your self-isolation. Please let the accommodation team know if you want to use this service. It will be charged at £5 per day for the 14-day period of self-isolation.

If you require bedding and kitchen utensils, please let us know. We will provide you with cleaning materials on arrival for your self-isolation stay. Past that point, you will need to provide your own.

You will be joining a new household. This means you can relax with your new flatmates and socialise together in your communal areas.

When moving in with each other, you will have a role to play in supporting the safety of your new community, by maintaining good hygiene practice, implementing cleaning rotas and following the Government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolating.

You will be expected to wear a face mask/covering when entering the building but are allowed to remove it once you are in your flat or house.

We will be supplying hand sanitisers at the entrances to each accommodation block to help keep you safe. 

But remember it is your responsibility (along with your housemates) to keep your house clean and tidy. Regular cleaning plays a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19.

There is lots of information in your house about what and how to clean, but if you need any help, housekeeping team are on hand.


If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 it is important that you let us know so as soon as possible so we can support you and the wider community. Please complete this form to let us know. 

You are required to follow all government guidance on COVID-19 whilst living in University accommodation. If you feel unwell while you are living in accommodation, please contact NHS 111.

If anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19, the whole household must remain in isolation for 14 days even if they test negative during this self-isolation period.


If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 it is important that you let us know so we can support you and the wider community by completing this form

For the range of support available please click here. 

In addition for those in accommodation we offer a range of support to enable you to self-isolate safely, this includes:

  • An initial welfare call from the accommodation team.
  • Support for you to arrange food deliveries including online shopping and takeaways.
  • An option to purchase subsidize meals top be delivered by the University at  £5 for 3 meals per day.
  • A supply of essential cleaning materials for those who test positive.

Student Wellbeing Services

Our Student Wellbeing Advisers are on hand to provide emotional and wellbeing support and can be contacted at studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.

They offer virtual drop-ins from Monday- Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm, via Blackboard.

In addition, they are running Stress and Anxiety virtual peer support sessions every Wednesday during term time 1pm - 2pm. For further information and to join email mentalwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk

Stay Connected

You may have to self-isolate but that does not mean you cannot stay connected to the Christ Church Community. Why not join the Students' Union Facebook Group to stay connected and join in online events.