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Returning to University 


Following Government instructions, any students who stayed at their university accommodation over the winter break or who have returned but won’t be starting in-person teaching in January, should remain where they are and should get tested straight away or self-isolate for ten days should they choose not to.


It is advised to not travel back to your university accommodation to collect any of your belongings unless absolutely necessary. For example, for any items required for your online learning or medical equipment.


Overseas Students


Students returning to the UK from overseas should check additional entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced due to COVID-19 before travelling to the UK. Students returning to the UK will be required to complete a passenger locator form on arrival, and those from a country not on the exemption list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for ten days. 

(Universities UK have developed guidance for universities on how best to support these students)

It is also important that international students consider the travel advice in place from their home country, including whether or not the country has closed their borders to departures to and arrivals from the UK.

 More information is available in Department for education Guidance and on the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office's travel advice.

Travel Information 

If you have already booked rail tickets with Department for Transport operated English train operators to travel back to university, you can re-book your tickets to travel back at a revised date without paying administration fees. For all other operators, contact them directly for further information.

If you booked your journey by coach in advance, most passengers should already be able to make changes to their booking for free. Check with your operator for more information.

If you have booked your journey by ferry or plane in advance, most passengers should be able to update their departure date online. Contact your operator for further information.


It’s always important to take care of your mental as well as physical health and seek support if needed. 

We are here for you, should you need any help or support during these adverse times. Below is a list of people you can contact from the university:

  • UWL Wellbeing (Disability & Mental Health) Advice. Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Tel: 0208 231 2739 E:
  • UWL Counselling Service. Opening hours: 9am – 5pm o Tel: 0208 231 2218 E:
  • UWL Student Services. Opening hours: 9am – 5pm o Tel: 0208 231 2345 E:

Other important links:


You can also access support via the NHS, and their Every Mind Matters site has a range of tips and advice. Other online resources are available, including from the mental health charity, Mind, and the Student Space platform.



You should also get tested as soon as you return to university, if you choose not to do so then you will need to self-isolate for ten days.



We recognise that this change will be particularly disappointing for you. This is unfortunately, though, a necessary step given the rate of COVID transmission across the country.





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