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.

Return to your student accommodation

The current government restrictions state that students whose course is not returning to in-person activities should continue to study remotely from their current location, where this is possible and practical for them.  

Our halls remain open as normal for those with a critical need to move back into their student accommodation. For example, because this is their primary home or because they are unable to study in their current location, but we ask that all students returning follow the guidance on resuming in-person activities

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

If you are returning to your student accommodation, you are encouraged to get tested before you travel back to university, where community testing facilities are available to you.

Please ensure you contact staff at your hall to let them know about your travel plans ahead of returning to your accommodation. Please see our Student accommodation contacts.

For those returning to their Goldsmiths student accommodation who don’t need to use a quarantine hotel, our self–isolating guidance has useful information and advice on how to quarantine in your student accommodation. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we will communicate with residents about the return to halls for those who remain away at this stage. 

What you should be doing

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

  • 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.

What you must not do

The 'National lockdown: Stay at Home' rule has now ended but there are still controls over indoor and outdoor activities

Indoors

You cannot mix with a different household indoors.

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

This rule means that people from different flats/corridors cannot socialise inside, even if they live in the same building or hall.

Also, you must not:

  • Organise any parties or gatherings
  • Invite guests into the accommodation
  • Invite other residents into your flat
  • 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

Outdoors

You can meet others outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households) or in a group of any size from up to 2 households, this can be in a public park or private outdoor area.

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 large gatherings 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).

Outside of your student accommodation, you can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people.

See more information on the Covid-19 Spring 2021 guidance on GOV.UK.

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 who you share your flat with will need to self-isolate.

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
  • 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

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.