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Planning your arrival

You may have some questions about how to plan for your arrival, especially if you’re coming from outside of the UK. We’ve provided some helpful information below about when to move into University accommodation, as well as guidance on quarantining, dependent on where you are travelling from.

You can find our advice and information about travelling to the University in Step 7 of our Welcome Steps.

Complete your Online Induction

Once you have accepted your accommodation offer, you will receive an email inviting you to complete our Online Induction

The Online Induction is an interactive online guide that provides information relevant to life in University Accommodation. You will need to read important safety information and respond to questions so make sure you complete it.

When to arrive

Moving in

UK students

Our UK students are expected to arrive at University accommodation on Sunday 30 Janurary

If you have any questions about arriving in University accommodation, please email us at

Students travelling to us from overseas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our University accommodation. Students travelling from overseas can arrive in University accommodation from 19 January. You will live in temporary accommodation upon arrival and will move to your main year accommodation on 29 January earliest, or at the end of your 10 day quarantine period if this is later than 29 January.

What to bring

Moving into halls is a whole new exciting experience and there will be lots of things you'll need and may want to bring with you. Our best advice is to travel light! Wait until you arrive to buy general cleaning equipment or shared kitchen items and you can share the cost with your flat mates.

Before you start packing, have a look at what is and isn't provided for you in halls to help you plan what to bring.

Find out more

When to arrive

If you are unsure of when to arrive, please keep in mind any requirements to quarantine on arrival. If you're unsure which list your country is on, please check the website for the latest information.

COVID-19 testing requirements prior to travel currently apply to all travellers entering the UK.


Financial support for all new students staying in mandatory hotel quarantine

Updated 15 December 2021

The hotel quarantine fund will close to further applications on Friday 14 January 2022

All new University of Southampton students who were residing in red list countries and travelled to the UK for the 2021/22 academic year will have their mandatory hotel quarantine costs of up to £2285 covered by the University. This applies to students who went on to stay at University accommodation or private rented, following their mandatory hotel quarantine. 
Students should not have transited via red list countries unless their original departure point was also a red list country. 

Payments will be made to qualifying students following receipt of proof of payment to the UK Government for hotel quarantine and full enrolment at the University of Southampton, payments will be made into UK bank accounts.

These payments will be restricted to students only. Any costs associated with dependents including spouses and children will not be covered by the University.

All refunds are made at the University’s discretion. Eligibility criteria and award amounts may be modified as government guidance on international travel is updated.

To apply for the refund please complete this form.

Moving In

Halls of residence

When you arrive at your University accommodation, the Residences team will be there to greet you and welcome you to our community. The Residences team offer 24-hour support and assistance so there is always somebody to contact to reassure you and answer any questions.

This continues to be a difficult time for everyone, but we want to assure you we have everything in place to support you during your stay with us.

You and the other students sharing your flat with you will constitute a ‘household’. You will be expected to follow UK Government guidelines for self-isolating if symptomatic, as well as following any other changes to UK Government or University safety guidance.

Students’ Union Halls Officers

The Halls Officer represents the needs and interests of students living in halls accommodation. They are a liaison between students and the University and work with the Students' Union to ensure the student experience in halls is the best it can be!

You can get involved too – if you have an idea or think something needs to change, get in touch with the Students' Union.

Find out about halls officers
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