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Latest Government COVID-19 restrictions

Page last updated: 14 April 2021

The Government confirms that: “all remaining higher education students will be able to return to campus for in-person learning from Monday 17 May at the earliest, alongside Step Three of the roadmap for leaving lockdown."

Nottingham Community

The Government has confirmed that: “all remaining higher education students will be able to return to campus for in-person learning from Monday 17 May at the earliest". This announcement joins other changes which include:

  • Being permitted to socialise outdoors (including private gardens) in groups of up to six people, or as two households.
  • The reopening of our gym facilities on the City and Clifton campuses, along with other organised outdoor sports.

Our campuses remain open for students who are permitted to return or who have exceptional circumstances. These include those who do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, adequate facilities, or study space, or where you judge you need to return for your own wellbeing or health or safety reasons.

Our campuses are COVID-secure due to good ventilation, revised layouts and furniture remains arranged to accommodate social distancing. Our libraries, gyms, study spaces, Student Support Centres, Global Lounges, cafes (takeaway only), Bonington's Art Shop and the Print shop (City Campus only) are all open in line with Government guidance where appropriate. Our opening hours may vary to comply with Government guidance, so please check before visiting.

If you need to be on campus please take COVID-19 Lateral Flow Tests twice a week, every week and remember face coverings must be worn in all NTU buildings unless you are exempt.

For any queries on how NTU is adapting and responding to COVID-19 please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

Take a look at the Office for Students guide to Coronavirus, designed to help students returning to campus.

Testing, tracking and self-isolating

You should only come back to your term-time address – for those students where it is not your permanent home – if you are returning to in-person teaching or have special circumstances. All students are encouraged to test before they travel back to university, where community testing facilities are available. Once you have returned, Government guidance advises you should stay at your term-time address as much as possible.

We will continue to offer on-campus Lateral Flow Testing to all students and colleagues who need to be on campus.

To help protect our NTU and wider community please book a test for your return and three days after, and then twice weekly if you are on campus regularly. Please remember to minimise your contact with people until you have received your negative test results. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should not return to campus, instead you should self-isolate at your current address and let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking form, so that we can support you.

Students out on placement should follow their local testing rules, they don’t need to come to campus to be tested.

Impact on accommodation

Throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic, NTU has worked hard to do the right thing for students. We acknowledge and appreciate the challenges that our students – and the wider NTU community –  face because of COVID-19 and its associated restrictions.

Following the latest Government guidelines, students who are not occupying or using their NTU-owned or operated rooms will not be required to pay accommodation rents from Monday 4 January up to Monday 17 May.

If you have already let us know that you are not staying in your accommodation, which is included on the list of NTU and UPP accommodation below, then your rent waiver will be extended automatically. You do not need to do anything.

We are mindful that NTU can only waiver rents for the accommodation that it controls, and that this only supports around 5,000 of our students. We will continue to lobby private providers and landlords and work with Government, local councillors and MPs to do the right thing for our students.

House parties

From 29 March, you can socialise outdoors in groups of up to six people, or two households. You should not socialise indoors with people outside of your household or support bubble. Please refer to the latest Government guidelines for more information.

The Government has introduced a new £800 fine for those attending house parties, including in halls of residence, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400. These fines will apply to those who attend illegal gatherings of more than 15 people from outside their household.

At university, a household is a group of people living in a shared house or flat. If you are in halls, it’s the people on your corridor, who you share a kitchen and bathroom with. It doesn't include everyone in the same block.

We’re proud of the way our students have behaved and supported each other during the pandemic to keep our NTU and wider community safe. Please continue to do the right thing by adhering to Government guidelines and our NTU Student Code of Behaviour.

Staying safe and well

We are keen to see the return of our in-person sports and social activities and we will continue to take Government guidance on when this can happen. In the meantime, you can continue to take advantage of virtual events and opportunities.

It’s important that you look after your wellbeing and stay motivated during the pandemic. Watch this video to find out more about what support is available to you and how to access it.

Ways to look after your wellbeing

If you need our support, there are a number of ways that we can help you:

Keeping safe

If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418