Self-isolating on arrival in Scotland

Updated on 13 November 2020

Students travelling to Scotland from some countries currently need to quarantine for two weeks. Find out about our offer of free accommodation for self-isolation and tips for how to make this time easier.

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Students travelling to Scotland from some countries currently need to quarantine for two weeks. 

The list of countries or territories requiring people arriving to quarantine might change before you arrive.

Check the Scottish Government guidance to keep up to date.

Self-isolation in University accommodation

If you will need to self-isolate on arrival, please contact the Residences Team to let them know and provide details of the date and time you will arrive. You can self-isolate in your room, and we will provide you with a “Hello!” sheet so that you can let your flatmates know more about you, how best to contact you online, when your self-isolation will end, and when you would like to use the kitchen.”

Self-isolation in private accommodation

If you will be moving into private-rented accommodation, you should keep in touch with your landlord/agent about when you will arrive. You should also feel free to ask for information and advice about the local area.

We regret we are unable to extend the offer of free weeks of accommodation to students intending to live in private sector accommodation. This is so that we can ensure the safety of students arriving and establish “households” in line with government guidance.

Self-isolating after arriving in the UK

You can travel straight to the location you will self-isolate using public transport, but you must use a face covering while you travel.

Current travellers entering the UK must submit a passenger locator form 48 hours before the date of their travel unless they are from a country on the list of exemptions.

Unless you fall within an exemption you will not be allowed to leave the place you are staying in for the first 14 days you are in Scotland except in very limited situations.

Self-Isolating comes with practical challenges, but it is vital for the safety of our community that we all do our best to stick to the guidance, and limit the number of times we come into contact with others. 

Food deliveries

You can register with an online grocery delivery service to have groceries delivered to your flat while you are self-isolating. Please wait until you have moved in to have items delivered to your university accommodation.

Make sure to mention that you are self-isolating when you order. This will make sure that delivery is contact free. 

Each supermarket has its own minimum spend and delivery prices. Iceland and ASDA accept UK credit or debit cards only.

You may wish to consider arranging an online bank account in advance, register for a supermarket account now, and book a delivery appointment for after your arrival (supermarket delivery services can sometimes be in high demand and have a two week waiting list). 

Leaving your flat for essentials

In the event that you’re unable to have groceries delivered, the Scottish guidance for self-isolation allows you to leave your flat to obtain food, essentials, and medicine while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Otherwise you must stay within your allocated room and avoid contact with other residents. This means wiping down surfaces, taps, handles in the kitchen before and after you use them, keep kitchen use brief, wear your face covering, and eat in your bedroom. These steps will help reduce risk further.   

Bedding packs

You can purchase a bedding pack (with duvet, pillow, fitted sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover) before you arrive for £30

Email to order. Payment is usually taken on arrival by card, this may be taken over the telephone.

Make sure you contact them from your email and give them your Student ID number and the site, flat and room number you've been allocated.

Early welcome countdown

We know it might be difficult for some of you to come from another country and have to isolate in a place you probably don't know anyone so we've put this guide together to give you information that you will need, some fun things to do, and suggestions for getting to know other people. 

There will be a new page released every day for 14 days.

View our early welcome pages

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Make sure you visit our welcome web pages to view the full range of welcome guides, plus information on where you need to be and when during your first week at University

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