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Accommodation and Covid-19 safety measures

The BU accommodation portfolio is made up of several accommodation providers, including BU, each with their own safety teams and protocols. The information on this page relates to the sites included in this portfolio. If you are unsure if your accommodation falls within this portfolio then you can review the list of accommodation on our Accommodation for September starters webpage.

Under the current circumstances, we understand that you will want to know what safety measures have been put in place to reduce the risks posed by Covid-19. Below you will find a list of measures that relate to all of the sites in the BU accommodation portfolio, along with some basic principles of behaviour expected from all students living in this accommodation. Below that you will then find a drop-down menu for each of the sites with more specific information related to that accommodation provider. 

If your accommodation is not listed within the BU portfolio you will need to contact your provider directly to discuss this matter.

Safety measures across all sites:

  • During the online accommodation booking process, we have introduced a question to ask if you would be classified as either Clinically Vulnerable or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, in line with the government's classifications. This is to ensure we are aware of any underlying reasons you might be at a higher level of risk and how we can best support you with if required. Further information on these classifications can be found on the GOV.UK website
  • Single occupancy flats, shared flats and houses will all be classified as a “household”. Students will be expected to follow government guidance on socialising outside of a “household”. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website
  • A longer arrival period, allowing students to arrive early at no extra cost to reduce numbers of people arriving at any given time. The accommodation contract period commences on Saturday 19 September but early arrivals will be available from Saturday 12 September
  • Students arriving into the UK from countries that are not exempt from the requirement to self-isolate will be able to arrive from Saturday 5 September at no extra cost. Visit the GOV.UK website for a full list of exempt countries
  • Students arriving from countries not exempt from having to isolate will be supplied with bedding, kitchen and food essentials packs and then supported during their 14-day period of isolation. For further information, please view the government advice on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK
  • Arrival and move-in to the accommodation is limited to the student +1 other, to reduce the number of people in and around the building during the move-in period
  • Paperless check-in procedure to reduce the need for physical contact
  • Safety screens and/or physical distancing at all main reception desks*
  • Hand sanitisers available at main reception desks and around the accommodation*
  • One way or “keep left” through all communal routes in the accommodation to allow for physical distancing*
  • Increased cleaning of communal “touchpoints” throughout the accommodation* 
  • Lifts (where available) being limited to the number of persons using them at any given time*
  • General physical distancing and Covid-19 safety information and posters around the accommodation 
  • Common-use spaces (outside of flats), including common rooms and study rooms etc, will be available but with reduced capacity and other safety measures in place to ensure physical distancing*
  • Isolation protocols and support in place from the local accommodation team and BU in the event a student is required to self-isolate

Expectations of students while living in the accommodation:

  • Every individual will have a responsibility to ensure they don’t arrive at their accommodation with Covid-19 symptoms and will postpone their arrival until it is deemed safe to do so, in accordance with any government health guidance at the time. Visit the NHS website for further information on how to check if you have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Each individual shared flat/house or studio flat is classified as a “household” and the residents will need to comply with government and university guidance should any member of the household be required to isolate. For further information, visit the GOV.UK website
  • Students will need to inform their accommodation provider and BU (email:
    immediately if they are required to isolate, in order that the relevant actions and support can be put in place
  • Residents of each household will be expected to support one another in the event that one or more members of their household are required to isolate, e.g. planning the use and appropriate cleaning of the kitchen and other communal areas, buying and supplying food and other essentials on behalf of a resident who is isolating
  • Students will be expected to follow government guidance on socialising outside of their “household”; further information can be found on the GOV.UK website
  • Students will be expected to wear face coverings in all public areas where 2 metre physical distancing is not possible. Further information on where face coverings should be worn can be found on the GOV.UK website *
  • Students are to follow all other local guidance and safety protocols put in place by their accommodation provider. Failure to do so will be deemed a disciplinary matter.

* Not applicable for Unilet (see drop down below for further information)