Find out the latest guidance and information about the impact of COVID-19 on the University.

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COVID-19: Student Accommodation

Information for students starting their course in September 2021

While we have addressed the most common queries, you should be aware that government guidance is being constantly updated and the restrictions for Scotland may be different to those in other parts of the UK. Read more about the Scottish Government advice:

If you have any other questions, please get in touch:

Accommodation at RGU

As an international student, what do I have to do regarding quarantine/isolation after my arrival in scotland

This will depend on whether the country you are travelling from, or any countries you are travelling through, are listed as Red, Amber or Green.

Red list countries

Students arriving from or via a Red listed country are required to book a quarantine hotel package. Further information on how to do this:

Amber list countries

Students arriving from or via an Amber listed country are required to self-isolate for 10 full days following their arrival in Scotland.

They are permitted to carry out this period of isolation in the accommodation where they will be staying permanently. However, for students who have booked University accommodation, it is recognised that we can provide more effective support if they can be accommodated in one specific location during their period of isolation. We therefore require all students from Amber list countries to make a separate booking for isolation accommodation. Once they have completed the 10 day isolation, including complying with the government requirement to complete 2 Covid tests on Day 2 and Day 8, they can then move to their allocated site/flat.

All RGU Accommodation residents coming from an Amber country should contact us by email at to make the booking for their isolation accommodation and further details are available on request.

Students from Amber listed countries who do not intend to stay permanently in University accommodation but who are unable to self-isolate within their permanent accommodation can be accommodated within our isolation accommodation for this 10 day period. Enquiries should be directed to

In all cases, applications for isolation accommodation must be made in advance and we will be unable to accommodate students who arrive without a confirmed booking.

 Green list countries

Students arriving from a Green listed country or from within the Common Travel Area do not need to complete any period of quarantine or self-isolation providing that they have not travelled outwith these areas in the 10 days before their arrival in Scotland.


The latest guidance from the Scottish Government  provides advice regarding students forming new households. 

Scotland is currently operating at COVID Level 0 which means that social distancing has been reduced to 1 meter in all indoor public settings and outdoors. However, social distancing and wearing of face coverings will not be required among residents of your flat as you are part of the same household. You must continue to socially distance (1m) from people outside of your household, such as residents of other flats and RGU staff.

In communal areas, such as staircases, laundry rooms corridors and site offices where social distancing is made difficult due to tight spaces, you are required to wear face coverings.

Please be aware that full 1m social distancing is in operation across the campus. Therefore, the 1m rule must be maintained on campus at all times, even with your householde members.

Outwith individual flats i.e. in communal areas such as the laundry or stairwells, please adhere to current Scottish Government guidelines

What happens if a student living in halls is displaying symptoms of COVID-19?

As per the latest government guidance, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater), loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)) should contact the NHS to arrange testing. Contact tracing will follow which is part of the national Test and Protect approach to containing the virus.

Any resident self-isolating in their student accommodation should inform site staff immediately.

If a fellow student in my flat has symptoms, will I need to self-isolate too?

If a student in a flat (household) displays symptoms of COVID-10, everyone in the flat should also isolate for 10 days and book a test if they develop symptoms. Self-isolation means you should remain in your flat and should not go out under any circumstances. If during your self-isolation period you are struggling with finance, essential supplies of food, medication etc. you can contact the ResLife team for advice and support. For more information on how to self-isolate visit NHS Inform.

What support is available for sick, or self-isolating students in RGU accommodation?

The ResLife team is committed to providing full support to students in RGU Accommodation. Where ResLife have been made aware that a resident is unwell or self-isolating, they will regularly check in with the resident to care for their welfare.

ResLife have produced information on local shops within the area who can provide food deliveries. They will also assist with an emergency supplies package for any student within RGU accommodation who may be having difficulty in getting essential items.

What should a student do if they need to be seen by a doctor?

All students should register with a GP practice on arrival to Aberdeen. A list of all medical practices in the surrounding area of the RGU accommodation site is available from the Student Help Point.

In the event that a resident requires access to a GP prior to registering with a practice they should call NHS 24 on 111 for assistance.

Can self-isolating students receive care packages or deliveries from friends or relatives?

If family or friends are delivering food or medicines for self-isolating residents, they should ensure that all packages are properly addressed with the resident’s name, flat and room number.

Can I have guests at my flat?

As per the latest government guidance, from 19 July 2021 the maximum number of people who can meet indoors socially in a private dwelling (in a home) is 8 which can be from 4 households, including for overnight stays. Please read the Scottish Government guidance for more information.


We are currently in Level 0 (26 July 2021) which means that you can meet socially in groups of up to:

  • 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
  • 15 people from 15 households outdoors

For the latest information, please read the Scottish Government guidance on Protection Levels.

What happens if a student cannot work because of COVID-19, and can’t afford to pay their rent?

Students who find themselves in financial difficulty for any reason should contact for advice and assistance.

For other help and advice, please contact the

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