Coronavirus information and guidance

If you or someone you live with develops symptoms

It is possible that students may have to self-isolate for periods throughout the year, and dual mode delivery is in place to ensure you can continue to access teaching and resources.

If you live in University accommodation and develop symptoms of Covid-19 (cough, high temperature, or change or loss of smell or taste), you should self-isolate and email

If you live alone in self-contained accommodation and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for seven 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 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Please use the self-certification system within MySaint to inform the University if you are in isolation. 

You should also access NHS Test and Protect or call 0800 028 2816 to arrange to get tested.

If the result is:

  • Positive: you must self-isolate for a minimum of seven days from the time your symptoms started. You must not have any social contact until you have fully completed the isolation period and have not had a temperature for at least 48 hours (without taking any medicines to treat a high temperature).
  • Negative: If it is confirmed that you do not have coronavirus then you can return to your studies when you feel well enough to do so. If you have been contacted by the contact tracing team, you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days as the virus may not be detectable yet.

Phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe.

If your partner, flatmate or a family member is self-isolating, you should follow the guidelines provided and ensure, as far as is possible, that you have no contact with them during the isolation period. Where possible, designate one bathroom for residents who need to self-isolate, with other residents using a different bathroom. If it’s not possible to designate one bathroom, make sure it is cleaned after each use ready for the next person. Create rotas for showering or bathing, with the residents self-isolating using the facilities last. 

During self-isolation, you should avoid, as far as is possible, any contact with other people. You should not leave your house, flat or room. 

Food and supplies can be ordered for delivery via Eco-Eats or local businesses.

NHS Scotland has published a comprehensive guide to self-isolation

If you need support please contact or phone +44 (0)1334 46 4146.