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Campus, facilities and accommodation

This page was updated on: 14/12/2021

We know students may have questions about campus facilities and have included frequently asked questions below.

Campus facilities

Frequently asked questions regarding our campus facilities, including library services.

What campus facilities are open?

In line with Government guidance, our campus facilities are open. These may vary outside of term time.

For University Libraries, please see more details on opening hours and library services in the FAQ below.

Are the University Libraries open?

Our libraries are open to members of the University and visitors. To view all Library opening hours, visit the Library website.

Where can I access study space on campuses?

If you require access to study spaces, you can use the Libraries, Building 100 and the Bridge. These may vary outside of term time. Please ensure you stay safe while using these facilities by wearing a face covering, unless exempt, cleaning down surfaces and maintaining physical distance from others.

What library and academic resources are available online?

The Library has a number of online resources, including e-books, that are available to all students. For all essential reading lists, the Library has e-book copies if they are available from the publisher.

If a course has been added to the Reading Lists system it will be available from within the module on Blackboard, and this will include direct links to the e-books. If courses are not yet added to the Reading List software, students can check the 'Search only electronic books' option in WebCat to access e-books.

If a book is on your reading list but you can't find it on WebCat, contact the Library team using the details below, and they will be able to check if this is available. The team can make new e-books available within a few days of ordering if it isn’t already in stock. However, not all textbooks are available as e-books.

Alternatively, if we can't get an e-book but have a print copy of the book available in the library (for example if not all the print copies are out on loan), the team can digitise a chapter. Further details on this can be found here.

See our off campus access page to use Library resources off campus.

Looking for academic support? Visit the Library’s Academic Support Hub for a number of resources, including information about how to study online, academic integrity, writing skills and much more.

Students can contact the library team via email at: or live chat. The team will help you to access the resources you need.

Are the sports facilities open?

In line with Government guidance, our sports facilities are open. Visit the Sport and Wellbeing website to find out more.


Frequently asked questions regarding our halls of residence.

Will my accommodation booking be carried over if i defer?

If you already have an accepted offer of accommodation with the University, your booking will not be carried over if you defer. You must email at the earliest opportunity to let us know you are deferring, including confirmation from your School that your request for late arrival has not been approved,and we will cancel your booking.

If you paid a prepayment, or any accommodation fee for your 2021-22 accommodation contract, this will be refunded to you within 28 days. Please ensure your bank details are entered into Self Service so we can process any refund promptly.

Accommodation applications for September 2022 will open in February 2022.

I live in Halls and have been informed that I need to isolate. What do I need to do?

If you have been informed you need to isolate, you must tell us by completing the student COVID reporting form and the residences team will be in touch directly with details.

If you, or one or more of your household, have symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19. All members of your household (your flatmates) are required to self-isolate too, unless:

  • If they are fully vaccinated – Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an MHRA approved vaccine such as Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Spikevax (formerly Moderna). You are also fully vaccinated if you have had one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.
  • If they are under 18 years, 6 months old
  • If they are taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • If they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

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