Your accommodation during COVID-19.

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. For information on our response if there is a national or local lockdown please click here.

Passengers travelling from countries not on the exemption list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days. This process is sometimes known as quarantining.

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

For most students, that self-isolation will take place in your allocated accommodation and if you need to arrive early you will not be charged for this. Students travelling from exempt countries will not need to self-isolate.

Any students travelling from non-exempt countries 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 observing social distancing outside of your household, maintaining good hygiene practice, implementing cleaning rotas and following the Government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolating.

Under the government guidelines the advice is that you do not gather in groups of more than 6 individuals. Please note you will be breaking the law if you breach government guidelines and could face police action.

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.

When you move into your accommodation, you and your housemates will form a ‘household’.

Outside of your household you will be expected to follow government guidance on social distancing . This includes wearing a face covering in buildings outside of your flat or house.

We will be increasing the cleaning regimes in communal areas and 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.

 

For everybody’s safety, the visitor policy has been suspended for the first weeks of term. This means that you will not be able to have any visitors in to your flat/ house or room. This will be reviewed before 31 October 2020.

To mitigate any risk of contagion, room swaps or changes are suspended. If you would like to discuss a social situation in your accommodation, please contact accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk.

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 and if advised to get a test, inform the accommodation team on accommodaton@canterbury.ac.uk

We understand this is a worrying time for many of our students but the University’s Student, Health Support and Wellbeing Team is on hand to offer free support to all students experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues.

If anyone shows symptoms of COVID-19, the whole household must remain in isolation whilst the relevant testing protocols are followed.

Please let accommodation@canterbury.ac.uk know so the accommodation team can communicate with all of the household members as to what they must do during this time.