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 develop symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate and access NHS Test and Protect or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test. If you do not have the necessary information to complete the online booking form, call 0300 303 2713. 

Phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe. 

Notify the Covid Rapid Response Team

The University has established the Covid Rapid Response Team: a dedicated contact line and 24-hour response service that is fronted by the St Andrews Covid Helpdesk.

Students and staff should notify the Covid Rapid Response Team of any of the following situations to help us manage the virus within the community.

  • experiencing symptoms of Covid-19
  • contacted by NHS Test and Protect tracing team
  • close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19
  • currently self-isolating
  • seeking help booking a Covid-19 test
  • tested positive for Covid-19.

Please contact the St Andrews Covid Helpdesk by phoning +44 (0)1334 46 4146 or by emailing


NHS Scotland has published a comprehensive guide to self-isolation.

If you live in University accommodation and develop symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, you should self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started and email

If you live alone in self-contained accommodation develop symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you or one of them develop symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

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 and 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 possible, any contact with other people. You should not leave your house, flat or room.  

Test results

If your test result is:

  • Positive: You must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 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 10 days as the virus may not be detectable yet.

Phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms become severe.


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

If you need support, please contact the St Andrews Covid Helpdesk by emailing or phoning +44 (0)1334 46 4146.