Coronavirus information and guidance

Keeping St Andrews safe

Here you will find all the information and resources you need to make St Andrews a safe place for everyone to study, live, work and visit.


The Covid Code

The University's Covid Code is a seven-point code created by the University for all students to follow. The Covid Code sets out clear expectations about face coverings, social distancing, self-isolation and respecting public health guidance.

Face coverings

The World Health Organisation provides guidance on how to wear a fabric mask safely.

Female student in St Mary's Quad wearing a red academic gown, face mask and holding a blue foam finger


When to self-isolate or quarantine

  • Students arriving in the UK are required to self-isolate on arrival at their St Andrews accommodation for 10 days, unless travelling from an exempt country.
  • If contacted by the NHS Test and Protect tracing team, you must self-isolate for 10-days, whether you are displaying any symptoms or not.
  • If you develop symptoms during isolation, you will need to stay in your accommodation for 10 days from the day that the symptoms began.
  • If you live alone and have symptoms of coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days.
  • Symptoms are likely to include at least one of: a new, persistent cough; a high temperature; a loss of your sense of smell; or a change in your sense of taste.

How to self-isolate or quarantine

  • Do not go to public places or attend classes.
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis.
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order online (you can use the Love St Andrews app or Eco-eats app), or ask someone to bring it to your home.
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care.
  • Do not go out to exercise.

Phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe.

Male student self-isolating hanging out of his bedroom window

How to book a coronavirus test

If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, you should arrange for a coronavirus test and notify the University by contacting the Covid Helpdesk (phone 01334 46 4146 or email

The nearest testing centre is Victory Memorial Hall on St Mary's Place. This is a coronavirus walk-in testing centre in partnership with the University, Scottish Government and NHS Fife. If you require a test, you must book an appointment at the centre using the NHS Test and Protect system before going. 

The walk-in testing centre provides:

  • appointments available to the whole community through NHS Inform
  • enhanced NHS capacity
  • speedy diagnosis and contact-tracing.

Book an NHS coronavirus test

Two students wearing red academic gowns and face masks each holding a yellow foam finger in St Mary's Quad


Students should familiarise themselves with the following resources which provide the latest coronavirus information and guidance. 

Our student ambassadors, Covid Saints, can also be found around University buildings to provide advice and guidance should you need it. 

If you are unsure of what to do, or if you're concerned about other people's behaviour, please contact the University Covid Helpdesk by emailing or phoning +44 (0)1334 46 4146. 

Latest coronavirus information

Keep up to date with the latest University coronavirus information and guidance.