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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Detailed guidance on entry rules for travel to England is available on the government's website.
* - 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. However, you should take an LFD test every day for 7 days. This currently only applies to fully vaccinated people who received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine. If you received your vaccine(s) outside of the UK including those from Europe and the USA), you are required to self-isolate. In addition, you are not required to self-isolate if you are below the age of 18 years 6 months and/or you have taken part in, or are currently part of, an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial or are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
- Your personal tutor and your Department are here to help you access the right support and services if you are experiencing any difficulties.
- The Student Support Zone webpage outlines the support services available to you, including counselling and mental health advice.
- 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.
Quick report links
FAQs for those self-isolating because they are symptomatic and/or have a positive COVID-19 test
How will I get food if I am isolating?
If you are symptomatic or have received a positive COVID-19 test, 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 household will also need to self-isolate and report this through MyImperial immediately. If you have reported your COVID-19 vaccination status on MyImperial, the College's CCTHub will check your vaccine status and will email you to let you know if you are exempt from self-isolation, as long as you are fully vaccinated or under the age of 18 years and 6 months. 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. Please use cleaning materials provided to regularly clean touch points and surfaces.
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 due to being a close or household contact
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 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.