Coronavirus information and guidance

Keeping St Andrews safe

Updated: Monday 11 September 2021, 11.30am

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 Covid Code is created jointly by the University, the St Andrews Students' Association and the Athletic Union (Saints Sport) to provide key guidance for students and staff.

In order to protect all members of our community from Covid, we ask that you follow the guidelines listed below in addition to abiding by the Scottish Government's legal restrictions.

Wear a face covering

In Scotland face coverings are required in public spaces, on public transport, in care homes or hospitals, or if you go to a shop, library, museum, bank or church.

Across the University estate we continue to require the use of face coverings in indoor spaces. This includes classroom teaching.

Wash your hands

Many infections begin when we touch our mouth, nose or eyes. Scientists researching this behaviour observed 100 YouTube videos of random people and reported that the average facial contact was 22 an hour – higher in men and increasing with fatigue and distraction.

Hand hygiene is a simple and cost-effective way to reduce the risk of catching an infectious disease.

 You can help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 by:

  • washing your hands or using hand sanitiser regularly
  • cleaning surfaces regularly
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

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

Be considerate

There are no limits on the number of people or households you can meet at home and in public places, and you no longer need to stay 2 metres apart from others. 

However, we would ask that you be cautious, be considerate, and reduce the risks by:

  • giving people space, especially indoors – the greater the distance the greater the protection
  • meeting outdoors if possible, as this is safer than meeting indoors
  • avoiding crowded places
  • opening windows if you meet inside – the more fresh air you let in the safer it will be.

Get tested regularly

Even if you are fully vaccinated and are displaying no symptoms you could still be carrying the virus and risk passing it on to someone else. The University is encouraging all students and staff to take part in twice weekly regular testing.

You can collect test kits containing multiple tests from the front desk of most halls of residence, the Sports Centre, the Students’ Association, the Library and the ASC. Find your nearest collection point on this map.  

If you display Covid symptoms or have been in contact with someone with Covid, you should book a PCR test and contact the Covid Helpdesk.

Self-isolate when necessary

When to self-isolate or quarantine

  • Students arriving in the UK are required to self-isolate on arrival at their St Andrews accommodation for ten days, unless travelling from an exempt country.
  • If contacted by the NHS Test and Protect tracing team, you must self-isolate for ten days or the date given, whether you are displaying any symptoms or not.
  • If contacted by the Covid Helpdesk, you may be asked to voluntarily isolate as a precautionary measure in advance of a formal request to isolate from Test and Protect.
  • If you develop symptoms during isolation, you will need to stay in your accommodation for ten days from the day that the symptoms began.
  • If you live alone and have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for ten days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for ten days.
  • The most common symptoms are new, continuous cough (more than three days); fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater); loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia). A new continuous cough is where you: have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour; have had three or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours; are coughing more than usual.
  • If awaiting the results of a PCR test taken for any non-travel reason, whether exhibiting symptoms or not.
  • If you have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna (both doses) or Janssen (single dose) at least 14 days earlier, you may be able to end your self-isolation early if you receive a negative PCR test result.

How to self-isolate or quarantine

  • Contact the Covid Helpdesk (phone 01334 46 4146 or email
  • 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. If you live in University accommodation, staff in your residence will ensure that you receive food through your self-isolation or quarantine period. 
  • 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.

Download the app

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. If you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Using the Protect Scotland app, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Download the Protect Scotland app

Get vaccinated

Whilst it is not a requirement of the Scottish Government, we strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have not already done so we encourage you to inform us of your vaccination status and keep this updated as you receive any further vaccinations.

As part of the UK National Health Service vaccination programme, we are working with NHS Fife to support access for any student who has not been vaccinated by the time of their arrival in St Andrews. 

Vaccine drop-in clinics and appointments will be available in St Andrews over the coming weeks for those who need first or second doses or those who have received vaccines not recognised in the UK and need their vaccination status checked.

General information on vaccination for international students is available from the Scottish Government website.


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. 

Phone+44 (0)1334 46 4146

Please email if you do not get an answer by telephone. In an emergency contact the Security and Response team on +44 (0)1334 46 8999.

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