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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 8 of our Welcome Steps.

Complete your Online Induction

Around three to four weeks before the start of your tenancy and if 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 book your arrivals slot, 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 Friday 24, Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 September. All contracts will begin from Saturday 25 September.

You will be able to book your accommodation arrival slot at the end of the Online Induction.

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

International students

We’re looking forward to welcoming our international students to our University accommodation. International students can arrive in University accommodation from 7 September 2021 onwards for courses starting from 4 October 2021. We do advise however, that you arrive as close to your course induction date as you can, whilst keeping in mind any quarantine requirements.

You must complete the University arrivals form (available here) to let us know your expected arrival date.

By completing the form, you can also book your Airport pick up (also known as Meet and Greet) service if you need it. You can find out more about our Meet and Greet service in Step 8 of our welcome steps.

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

Quarantine information

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.

You can find out more quarantine information, dependent on what country you are travelling from, below. This includes information about financial support offered by the University.

Vaccine Information for International Students

The Department for Health and Social Care have provided full guidance on vaccinations and international students, including self-isolating for fully vaccinated students. Please take the time to read and familiarise yourself with this guidance.

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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