Safety on campus

Your wellbeing is our top priority and we are working on a range of measures to ensure you stay safe, happy and healthy whilst at University. Understand what is expected of you and make sure you know the guidelines you should follow.

  • Campus signage is in place to remind all staff, students and visitors to practise social distancing and regular handwashing. Handwashing facilities will be provided across campus, as well as hand sanitiser in high traffic areas. One-way systems are also in place across buildings where they’re needed.
  • We are encouraging everyone to wear face coverings. Indoors and in busy spaces, face coverings are strongly encouraged, and you will see signage reminding you.
  • We have increased our cleaning provision on campus to ensure all spaces are hygienic and clean at all times.
    Our Cleaning team has been working hard on campus, and we’ll be paying extra attention to busy areas in September.
  • Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be supported to self-isolate and will have swift access to testing in a number of ways, which will be run through the national NHS test and trace programme. Since the pandemic started, we have been setting up and running a testing facility on campus to support the international fight against the virus.
  • Our campus spaces have been made COVID-secure for our students and we are adaptable to any changes in government COVID-19 regulations. Our teams are continuing to work flat out to make sure that campus is a safe environment for teaching, socialising and other activities. Throughout the pandemic, we have assessed each building carefully and appropriate measures are in place to keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We strongly encourage you to register with a GP, and follow the guidance provided by the NHS to get vaccinated if you are eligible.

As with students currently in the UK, all international students arriving from September will be eligible for a vaccination. Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. More information is available from the NHS website, including information on which vaccine you may receive.

Pop-up vaccine site

We are providing a pop-up site offering the Pfizer vaccine which will be available to all students! The site will be at Selly Oak Park, over the road from the big Sainsbury's, from Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 September, 10:00-18:00.

No appointment necessary, but if you are an international student we do advise speaking to your GP if you have had a previous vaccine in your home country.

We will update with details of any more vaccine pop-ups.


Regular testing

You should plan to take two lateral flow tests a week throughout the semester. If you are moving into University accommodation, you will receive a pack when you arrive. You can also order tests via and will be able to pick some up from collection points on campus.

We also ask that you and your guests take a lateral flow test before moving into accommodation.

If you need to test as part of your arrival to the UK, you will need to arrange your tests via a givernment approved supplier.

Pop-up asymptomatic test site

We are providing a pop-up asymptomatic test site during Welcome to ensure that anyone who is not familiar with the testing process has an opportunity to take a test in a supported environment.

The test centre will be available from Friday 17 - Thursday 30 September and will be open 09:00-17:00 each day. The centre will be at Cuore, in the Green Heart - next to the big marquee.

You can walk up and get an asymptomatic test - you don't need to make an appointment. These tests are only for people with no Covid-19 symptoms, and are ideal if you are unsure about how to take a lateral flow test, or want to access quick testing whilst on campus.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you must book a PCR test.

What to do if you experience symptoms

You should be tested for Coronavirus if you develop symptomsIf you experience symptoms that could be COVID-19, however mild, you must take immediate steps to self-isolate and access testing in line with government guidelines.

  • You should book or order a FREE PCR test from the NHS immediately.
  • If you test positive, the NHS Test and Trace Service will then contact you to identify anyone else that you have been in recent close contact with.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive then the NHS Test and Trace Service will contact you and let you know what you must do next. 

If you receive a positive test result, you should inform us using our COVID-19 reporting form.

Living in accommodation

If you will be living in University-owned accommodation, you can find out more about what to expect and some of the planning that is taking place.

Safety in accommodation

Commuting to campus

If you will be commuting to University using public transport, you may find our information on local travel useful. You are encouraged to buy your travel tickets online or to use contactless payments where possible, and remember to be prepared for your journey with a face covering and hand sanitiser.

News and updates

The situation is likely to change in different ways over the coming weeks and months. Make sure you stay up-to-date with any changes by regularly checking the student intranet and your student email address. You can also receive updates on the MyUoB app. These will be the main way that we communicate any important updates to our campus community.