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Travel and returning to Southampton/Winchester

This page was last updated on: 07/01/2021

We know some students will have left Southampton/Winchester for the winter break and that a number of you may have stayed with us in halls or private rented accommodation. We’re aware you may have questions about returning so we’ve included a list of frequently asked questions below.

For more information, please visit our dedicated accommodation page.

If I left Southampton/Winchester for the winter break, am I allowed to come back during lockdown?

Government guidance advises that wherever possible students should remain where they are and not return to campus and/or halls of residence until in-person on-campus teaching resumes. We do recognise that some students may not be able to safely or successfully study away from campus.

Therefore, if a student feels that they need to return on this basis, then they should return to campus, but follow the guidance upon their return to isolate until two negative COVID-19 tests have been received. It is essential for you to register for COVID-19 saliva testing, register here.

We ask students to consider carefully as to if they should travel during this time and the government does not advise unnecessary travel. You may need to return earlier if you need support, or if you need to access IT equipment, library facilities or other facilities on campuses.

I am already in Southampton/Winchester and would like to travel home. Is this ok?

Government guidance states If students have already travelled back to university then they should remain on campus and not return home at this time.

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

Government guidance states that they have prioritised the return of a limited number of subjects, for students studying vital public sector roles in health and social care and education.

The government ask that those students who are not studying on these courses remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online, as facilitated by the university. On this basis Government guidance states students should consider delaying their travel plans if travel plans can be rearranged without undue costs.

Can I return to Southampton/Winchester if I can’t continue to stay/study at my family home or if I need support with my mental health?

Government guidance advises that wherever possible students should remain where they are and not return to campus and/or halls of residence until in-person on-campus teaching resumes.

We do recognise that some students may not be able to safely or successfully study away from campus. Therefore, if a student feels that they need to return on this basis, then they should return to campus, but follow the guidance upon their return to isolate until two negative COVID-19 tests have been received.

We ask students to consider carefully as to if they should travel during this time and the government does not advise unnecessary travel. You may need to return earlier if you need support, or if you need to access IT equipment, library facilities or other facilities on campuses. 

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