Support in university managed accommodation during self-isolation
- Self-isolation is included in your rent and there will be no additional charge for self-isolation meals or support.
- Meal deliveries are included
- Wifi is included in order for you to continue to study
- Virtual programmes to stay involved in University life
- Mental health and wellbeing support from Residence Life
- You can receive Mail and parcels that have been delivered to you.
Arriving Early and Support During Self-isolation
If you would like to arrive into your accommodation early to complete your self -isolation period ahead of the start of term, please apply and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Please note, due to the fact that we still have a number of students from 20/21’s intake living with us, we cannot guarantee you an early arrival option.
You can apply once you have accepted your offer of term time accommodation from the University of Edinburgh via your Accommodation Induction
Arrival into your isolation accommodation can take place from 2 August. We’d encourage students arriving early to be here by the 25 August to give you time to complete your self-isolation in advance of Welcome Week. It is our intention to house you continuously in your term time accommodation if possible.
For those in private accommodation, please contact The Advice Place.
Why Self-isolating is Important
When you arrive at your final destination in Scotland, it may be necessary for you to self-isolate and stay in your accommodation for at least 10 days. After you catch the virus, it can take up to 10 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms and, in this time, you can pass on the virus to others. Self-isolating will help Scotland keep the R number low and help avoid more people contracting COVID-19. This safeguards family, friends and the community, as well as helping to protect the NHS. For more information on how to self-isolate, go to https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/
If you are a student or parent/carer and have a COVID-19 enquiry, please go to https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19/contact-details
Do I need to self-isolate?
The University has guidance, advice and support for students around self-isolation.
Self-isolating due to arriving from outside the UK
Under current Scottish Government guidelines, you must self-isolate for 10 days if you are travelling from the countries listed here. The University has travel advice for all our students travelling from within, and outside of the UK.
Self-isolating in our accommodation
Meal provision and deliveries
All students in University accommodation will be provided delivered food suitable to the kitchen/pantry facilities available within your accommodation.
In catered halls, students will be provided packed meals (including re-heatable meals) with vegan and gluten free options available as well as additional allergen requirements met. There is a different option each day over 7 days.
In self-catered accommodation, if requested, we will provide you with a grocery box (standard and vegan options available), fruit and vegetable bags with bread which is suitable for a 10-day, self-isolation period. This option will be available until the end of January 2022. After January 2022, students will be able to order food deliveries from supermarkets in Scotland directly to your term-time address.
Cleaning, hygiene, supplies and using communal facilities
Information on medicine delivery, mail and parcels, using communal facilities and tips to keeping your room and flat clean can be found here:
Mental health and wellbeing
We recognise that self-isolation can be hard and we have a range of resources to support you.
The University is took immediate action to improve the Wi-Fi last year. If you are having problems accessing the University Wi-Fi in student accommodation, please read the advice and support on our Information Services webpages:
Individual help is available – please raise any continuing issues by emailing: email@example.com or phoning 0333 308 0000.
The Residence Life team should be your first point of contact for all matters relating to your accommodation. You can find all of the available contact information online:
If you have specific issues relating to your meal deliveries then you can contact ACE.Covid.SelfIsolation@ed.ac.uk
For general IT support, please visit the EdHelp team at www.ed.ac.uk/edhelp.
For further guidance, advice and support for students self-isolating, please go to the University's self-isolation webpages.