Accommodation Covid-19 FAQs

Our student accommodation is open and available, and will be adapted as required to keep our students safe with social distancing measures, one-way systems and hand sanitiser stations in place.

Arriving at student accommodation

Is there a rental cost for quarantine early arrivals?

No, this service is free and students will only be liable for rental costs once their official tenancy begins between 2-6 September (depending on allocation of site – please refer to your Tenancy Agreement).

If I am coming from the EU/USA and have been fully vaccinated, do I still have to quarantine on arrival to the UK?

No, quarantine is not required if students have been fully vaccinated coming from the EU/USA.

What if I am unable to arrive during the designated early arrival dates?

If you are unable to arrive during the dates, times and locations above, please email with your arrival details, and we will do our best to organise other quarantine arrangements for you. This may mean you are required to quarantine in a temporary flat at Bainfield with other international students before moving to your permanent allocated accommodation once you have completed the quarantine period.

This means that you will not be able to enter your permanent allocated flat until 19 September.

What happens if I do not get my visa until September and cannot quarantine until after 23 August 2021?

We have very limited spaces in our temporary accommodation available for quarantine after 23 August 2021. Spaces will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis; thereafter you will have to source quarantine accommodation out with university accommodation at an added cost whilst being liable for rental costs to student accommodation.

What do I have to do during the quarantine period?

When you arrive in your flat, whether it’s your permanent flat or a temporary one, you must self-isolate for 10 days as per Scottish Government guidelines.

Please ensure you wear a face mask on arrival to the accommodation and make use of the hand sanitising stations. When you arrive in your flat, you will be required to self-isolate within your bedroom as much as possible. When you use the kitchen/communal spaces, remember to maintain social distancing around your flatmates and wear a face covering. When cooking, it is important to wipe down all surfaces and items you use, both before and after. Do not share any utensils.

We have fitted safety signage in our accommodation for all students to follow.

How do I get to student accommodation from Edinburgh Airport?

You must travel directly to your accommodation when you arrive at Edinburgh Airport - do not make any stops. You can use public transport, such as Lothian Buses, or use a taxi service which would cost around £25-£30.

Face coverings must be worn at all times when travelling.

What do I need to bring with me?

As you will need to self-isolate on arrival, you may wish to consider purchasing a bedding pack to be in your room on arrival, if you have not already done so. We’ve teamed up with UniKitOut to offer students bedding options, with 10% off using the code NAPIER10. Alternatively, we would recommend you bring bedding with you or arrange for bedding to be delivered soon after you arrive.

Please note: We cannot accept parcels on behalf of students, so please ensure to arrange for any deliveries to arrive once you are in the accommodation and able to receive them.

You should also bring enough toiletries to get you started, as during your self-isolation period, you will not be able to leave the accommodation to go to the shop for these. If you're bringing your own toiletries to use, make sure to pack them in your main luggage rather than your hand luggage so they are not confiscated at airport security.

How do I arrange to get food delivered to my flat?

To avoid leaving your flat during your quarantine period, you should organise for groceries to be delivered to you after you arrive. Options include supermarket deliveries or fresh food boxes.

There are a range of services that provide food boxes, such as Hello Fresh. These food boxes offer a range of fresh ingredients you can use in different recipes to get you through your first few days in accommodation. You can set dietary preferences and choose the ingredients you'd like to make your meals.

If you'd like to use this service, please order via the Hello Fresh website at least 72 hours in advance, and specify a delivery date for once you are in the accommodation so you are available to receive it. You should provide your own name and the address you have been allocated.

After you have settled into your accommodation, you will be able to organise food and shopping deliveries to your address for the quarantine period. To do this, you will need to register with one of the supermarkets and pay by card, so please make sure you have a form of payment that will work in the UK.

If you arrange for food shopping to be delivered to you during our working hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, our accommodation staff will be able to assist if you have any issues receiving your delivery.

Several supermarkets offer a delivery service, including ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Morrisons.

The Student Accommodation team can also provide any assistance you may need once you have arrived and settled into your new home - please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help!

How do I get my laundry done?

To avoid leaving your flat when you are self-isolating, you should bring enough clothing to allow for your 10-day quarantine period. In the unlikely event you do need our laundry facilities, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Accommodation Team on 0131 455 3482.

Do I need to get tested for Covid-19?

It is mandatory for all students to complete PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. You must order these tests before you arrive in the UK.

What if I need medication or other essential items?

If you require access to medication or essential items, please email and we will assist with collections and deliveries.

What if I am arriving from a red-list country?

If you are travelling from or through a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel.

The cost of a quarantine hotel is now £2,285 (up from £1,750) for a single person and includes 10 days (11 nights) hotel stay, food and beverages, transfers and two Covid-19 tests. You will also need to take a Covid-19 test prior to travelling.

Applications are open for our hardship fund, which can help towards the cost of a managed quarantine hotel.

You must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked. If you test positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

You can apply for a deferred payment plan if you are facing emergency financial hardship and are unable to pay for your quarantine immediately. You can do this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page.


General student accommodation information

What should students in accommodation who think they might have Covid-19 do?

Symptoms of Covid-19

It is important that you remain vigilant to coronavirus symptoms during your stay with us. Key symptoms include:

  • A high temperature/fever (37.8c or greater)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • The loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Should you have any of the above symptoms, it is imperative that you follow the instructions below:

  • Return home to Student Accommodation to self-isolate for 10 days - longer, if symptoms persist.
  • When returning home to Student Accommodation, avoid public transport wherever possible.
  • If returning on public transport you must wear a face covering.
  • Send a request for a PCR home test kit. Don't wait to see if you feel better before booking a test.
  • Notify your Student Accommodation team via phone or email immediately to alert them to your situation so that they can support you and communicate to others who may also have to self-isolate.

Some studies indicate the Delta variant can come with symptoms similar to a cold, such as headaches, a sore throat and a runny nose. You can order free lateral flow tests to test yourself if you do not have any of the main three Covid symptoms listed above.

More information

Please familiarise yourself with the Scottish Government's Ready Scotland support for individuals or households in isolation.

What we will do for you if you are self-isolating

If you are living with us in Edinburgh Napier Accommodation:

  • We will support you with food and medicine deliveries
  • We will call you daily to see if you how you are feeling and what we can do to help
  • We will notify your flatmates as they will also have to self-isolate for 10 days
  • We will notify the University so that they are aware of your situation

Do I have to observe social distancing within my flat?

Flats with shared cooking and bathroom facilities are considered a household.

  • Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas within the residencies such as corridors, lifts and external common areas. This does not apply to the internals of your flats such as kitchen, hallway or bedrooms
  • Physical distancing won't be required within your flats. However, please be respectful of use of kitchen space to avoid overcrowding
  • Household members should follow hygiene protocols, hand washing, cleaning of kitchen surfaces and all shared spaces regularly

Can I have guests over or visit another flat?

Scotland has moved out of the levels system, which means you can visit other people and have guests over. However, everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Please continue to refer to current Scottish Government guidance on how to stay safe.

Can I transfer to another flat?

No. Within the setting of a current pandemic it is not considered appropriate that students are offered moves between flats due to increased risks. This decision has been taken in conjunction with the University Health and Safety team.

Where can I get further guidance on student accommodation and travel?

Visit the Scottish Government's website for guidance on travel to and from student accommodation. You should, however, regularly check this site as guidance is subject to change.

What support is available to me?

We have a team of accommodation staff and resident assistants who are here to support you with what you need. Please check your kitchen noticeboard for details or visit our Accommodation Contact Us page.

The University's Student Wellbeing team can also provide you with services during this time, including drop-in phone sessions, counselling and workshops aimed at giving you the support and resources you need. For more information, visit our Wellbeing pages.

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More information on Student Accommodation

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