Accommodation

Information for students in accommodation arranged through Goldsmiths in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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This page is for residents of Chesterman House, Ewen Henderson Court, Loring Hall, Quantum Court, Raymont Hall, Surrey House and Town Hall Camberwell.

It’s imperative that we work together to stop the spread of the virus and so you must do your part, too.

This page explains how you can play your part in ensuring the safety of your accommodation, your fellow housemates and those living in other flats around you.

Travelling to your student accommodation

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the advice on returning to campus and our travel rules and guidance, before making plans to travel to your accommodation. 

If you are travelling from the UK, you are encouraged to get tested before you travel. Either use community testing or order an LFT test by post.

If you are travelling from abroad, please ensure you familiarise yourself with the information on how to quarantine. If you don’t need to use a quarantine hotel, but are still required to quarantine on arrival, you should also refer to our information on self-isolation and follow the advice in our guide on how to quarantine/isolate in your student accommodation.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will communicate with residents.

What you should be doing

With restrictions lifting on 19 July 2021 and cases rising in London, we ask students to continue to exercise caution to protect fellow students and staff.

As a student at Goldsmiths living in student accommodation, you should:

  • Get tested twice a week
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly
  • Wear a face covering in the communal areas of the accommodation, such as the reception, communal corridors and staircases and the lifts
  • Clean the kitchen area after every use
  • Keep a 2m distance from those who do not live within your flat or on your corridor

We recommend you register online with the local GP surgery, Amersham Vale.

Government guidance

Indoors

The risk of catching or passing on Covid can be higher in crowded and indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air, for this reason we ask students to continue to exercise caution to protect fellow residents and staff. Read the guidance on what you can do.

Outdoors

Please be mindful of our Community Behaviour Rules and of respecting others when using the outside areas in your accommodation.

In student accommodation, staff on site will be on hand to ensure students can access the outdoor spaces safely, and they may ask students to disperse to avoid gatherings of more than 30 residents or to reduce noise. Some of our halls only offer limited outdoor space. Please be mindful that other students may also wish to use these areas.

It is also important you respect other students’ study commitments and right to a quiet night, and you should not socialise in the outdoor areas of your accommodation during Quiet Hours (11pm and 7.30am, or as advised by your accommodation provider).

As we’re getting into the assessment and exam period, and many of you are revising and finishing dissertations and essays, we may ask students to limit gatherings in student accommodation.

During this time, we would ask you to be mindful of the noise you make in and around halls so as not to disrupt others who are revising and finishing their work.

Please be considerate of your flatmates and neighbours and respond positively with requests for quiet. You don't have to be completely silent, but please respect that other residents may have a different exam or assessment timetable to you.

See more information on what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK.

Visitors and overnight guests in student accommodation

The government has recently lifted restrictions with regards to indoors gathering, however as a student in halls, you are still bound by the terms of your agreement. Additionally, if there is an outbreak in hall, you may be advised to follow Public Health guidance to ensure the accommodation remains covid-secure for students and staff.

A student will be allowed to invite one guest or visitor on the understanding that they do not cause annoyance or inconvenience to other residents. Please ensure you speak to your housemates to ensure they are happy to have someone in their home.

You will need to sign in (and sign out) your guest/visitor at reception, and they will need to show ID and confirm their current address (household). We recommend your visitor or guest takes a free lateral flow Covid-19 test before visiting the accommodation. At home asymptomatic tests are now available to order via the NHS, and local council testing is also available.

Visitors and overnight guests will not be allowed while anyone in your flat is in isolation or quarantine, and overnight guests will not be allowed to quarantine or isolate in our student accommodation. Please bear in mind that people from different flats/corridors are also considered guests and they should not be invited into your flat, if the flat is in isolation.

If there is an outbreak in halls, a no visitors/ no guests policy will remain in place and students will be expected to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing in communal areas to avoid the virus spreading.

Please ensure you follow this guidance and refer to your accommodation agreement for further guidance on visitors and guests in student accommodation.

Please remember that you must not:

  • Organise any parties or gatherings
  • Invite a guest or visitor into student accommodation without signing them in at reception. Residents from other flats also need to sign in
  • Invite others into your flat if someone in your flat is in quarantine or isolation
  • Break your period of self-isolation, if you are required to do so upon arrival into the UK or after developing symptoms, as advised by the NHS or your doctor
  • Violate any of the Health and Safety conditions of the Accommodation Agreement

A ‘household’ in student accommodation is defined as those who live within your flat or on your corridor.

Keep updated

We will be adapting and making changes to our on-site rules to match the latest government advice. We will update you by email with all the important changes if, and when, they happen.

We expect that you keep up to date with and follow the latest government guidance whilst living in student accommodation.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or a positive test

You and the people with who you share your flat will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

If you have a positive test result then your flatmates will need to get a PCR Covid-19 test.

You also need to tell us, which you can do through an online form. See full instructions on what to do.

Self-isolating

You will need to self-isolate if:

  • You have arrived from outside the UK. Some exceptions apply
  • You have Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result
  • Someone in your household (flat or corridor) has symptoms or a positive test result
  • You've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or another body, or you are a contact of someone with symptoms or a positive test result

See our self-isolating instructions.

Our terms and conditions

We have updated our terms and conditions for students who have a contract with Goldsmiths, University of London to ensure that we remain covid-secure. You can read about these changes in the Accommodation Agreement that you received as part of your accommodation offer.

You should pay particular attention to the parts regarding Health and Safety and Student Conduct. We have also tied together parts of the Accommodation Agreement to the Student Conduct Regulations that you will agree to upon online enrolment.