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Travel and returning to Southampton/Winchester

This page was last updated on: 10/08/2021

We’re aware you may have questions about travelling to Southampton/Winchester so we’ve included a list of frequently asked questions below.

Please note that we will continue to update these frequently asked questions as the situation evolves.

For more information on staying in halls of residence during COVID-19 and what to do about your living arrangements, please visit our student accommodation hub.

Visit the UK Government website for guidance around travel.


I’m a student with a VISA who has questions about how all this may affect my VISA status. Who do I contact?

It is recommended that any students who have questions around their visa should contact the Visa's team either by email or during the visa drop in live chat. Please note that the best way to get answers is to contact this team directly. Find out more about the VISAS and immigration advice service.

For specific advice for students studying in the UK on a visa you can find further information on our COVID-19 Visa information page.

I am joining or returning to the University to study this academic year 2021-22 and I need to quarantine on arrival to the UK. Where can I find the University’s information regarding quarantine?

You may have some questions about how to plan for your arrival or return to Southampton or Winchester, especially if you’re coming from outside of the UK.

We’ve provided some helpful information on our Welcome website about when to move into University accommodation, as well as guidance on quarantining, dependent on where you are travelling from.

If you are a new student, you can also find our advice and information about travelling to the University in Step 8 of our Welcome Steps.

I have a non-refundable train/plane/bus ticket that I am unable to change, can I still come to Southampton?

We recommend that before you travel you refer to the UK Government guidelines for the latest information and guidance.

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