Self-isolating in halls
There may be times whilst staying in halls that you will need to self-isolate. If you do need to self-isolate, we're here to support you.
When will I need to self-isolate?
Depending on the reason for your need to self-isolate there are different procedures you should follow:
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Information on self-isolating upon arrival in halls is available on our Moving Into Halls pages.
* - Exemptions: If you are fully vaccinated in the UK and have completed the College's vaccination declaration, you are not required to self-isolate as a close or household contact. This currently only applies to double-vaccinated adults who received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme. If you have received a vaccination outside of the UK (including those from Europe and the USA), you remain required to self-isolate.
- Your personal tutor and your Department are here to help you access the right support and services if you are experiencing any difficulties.
- Our support services are being delivered remotely, including the Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service which offers online and email counselling, as well as online workshops.
- Online Connect is a remote support group for students facilitated by mental health counsellors which gives you an opportunity to talk and connect with others if life feels unsettling and overwhelming.
- Staying active is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. Move Imperial's MoveFromHome programme features a schedule of virtual classes, fitness recommendations and playlists free for anyone in halls.
- You can find out more about support on the Student Support Zone webpage.
Quick report links
FAQs for those self-isolating because they are symptomatic or have a positive COVID-19 test
How will I get food if I am isolating?
If you are symptomatic, you will need to arrange for food to be delivered to your bedroom door. You will not be able to access the kitchen to prepare anything.
You can order food from any online service if you have friends within your household who can pick up deliveries from reception and are able to bring food to your door. Alternatively, you can request food support from the College.
How will I use the bathroom if I am not in an en-suite room?
If you are not in an en-suite room, you can use the bathroom facilities only whilst you are awaiting test results. Please use the cleaning materials provided to wipe down the touchpoints before and after use.
If your test comes back positive, you will be moved to an en-suite isolation room within halls.
What happens if someone in my household zone develops symptoms?
If someone in your household zone develops symptoms, that person will need to report this as outlined in the procedures above and self-isolate immediately. They will not be able to leave their room, and will need to arrange for food to be delivered to their door.
All other members of the zone will also need to self-isolate and report this through My Imperial. You will not be able to leave the halls of residence, however, if you are not showing any symptoms, you will be able to use your kitchen and common areas, as long as you are wearing a mask and complying with all social distancing measures within the hall.
If you start to develop symptoms you'll need to comply with the measures outlined above.
Can I use the laundry if I'm Self-isolating?
You will not be able to use the laundry room whilst you are isolating. You are advised to wash what you need in your room (if you can) but if you need any support, please reach out to your Hall Supervisor who will be pleased to help.
FAQs for those self-isolating on arrival or have been contacted via track and trace
Do I need to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK?
This will depend on the country you are arriving from. The UK Government places countries into either red, amber or green list categories based on current risk assessments.
Further information for those arriving in the UK can be found on our Moving Into Halls webpages.
Do I need to tell the College that I'm isolating?
You will need to report your self-isolation status on MyImperial and select the status that applies to you.
If I get tested during my isolation period and the result is negative, can I leave isolation?
It is not possible to leave isolation within the 10 day period after being identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive, even with a negative test. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to develop after transmission. A negative test within the 10 day isolation period does not definitively mean you won't still develop it.
What happens if I become symptomatic during self-isolation?
If you become symptomatic during your period of self-isolation/quarantine then you will need follow the procedure outlined above. To help protect your fellow residents you will need to remain in your room, and you will be unable to leave under any circumstances (except in an emergency). You will need to arrange for food to be delivered to your door.
If you are not in an ensuite room you will be able to use the bathroom facilties only. Please take extra care and use the cleaning materials provided to wipe down all touchpoints before and after use.
You can find out more about how we are supporting those who are isolating and symptomatic in our FAQs for symptomatic residents.
What can I do in halls if I need to self-isolate?
You should remain in your room as much as possible. If you're not showing symptoms, you will be able to responsibly use communal kitchens and pick-up deliveries, as long as you’re wearing a face covering and are keeping 2 metres apart from anyone else. You shouldn’t leave your hall of residence during your self-isolation period.
How will I get food if I have to self-isolate?
Whilst you are self-isolating but are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 you are able to use the kitchen facilties in halls.
Most major supermarkets in the UK offer online delivery services such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose – check their websites for more information on how to set this up. Many restaurants and take-away food outlets offer home delivery services too – sometimes through third party apps such as Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
You may also be able to order essential food boxes ready for your arrival. UniKitOut provides food packs alongside the bedpacks you can order to halls before you arrive.
If you do have food delivered, you will be able to collect it from the Halls main entrance as long as you’re wearing a face covering and are 2m apart from everyone else - staff will not be able to deliver any food directly to your room.
Make sure you have a credit or debit card that will work in the UK.
Can I open a bank account if I am self-isolating?
You should not leave your accommodation to travel to a bank during your period of self-isolation. You may want to consider online banking options such as Monzo or PayPal. We strongly recommend you bring a credit or debit card with you to the UK that you can use when you arrive.
Can I use the laundry if I'm self-isolating?
You will not be able to use the laundry room whilst you are self-isolating. You are advised to wash what you need in your room (if you can) but if you need any support, please reach out to your Hall Supervisor who will be able to help.
My visa says I need to register with the police within 7 days of arriving in the UK. How do I do this if I am self-isolating?
You should not leave your accommodation to register with the Police in the UK during a period of self-isolation. You will not face any penalties for not completing police registration during this period. The Overseas Visitors Records Office in London handle the Police Registration process so please check their website for more information.