2021 travel and return to campus

Most students should not travel to term-time accommodation at this point, we will confirm when it is possible to do so, in line with Scottish government guidance.

There are some exceptions to this advice, with the following groups of students allowed to be on campus from the beginning of semester:

  • those who have remained over the winter break;
  • those whose attendance is critical and whose education cannot be delivered remotely or postponed, essential placements, or for reasons of student wellbeing;

From 15 March the Scottish Government have indicated an additional small number of priority students may return to campus for in-person learning. We will keep you updated about any further detail, or updates.

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Undergraduate travel advice

At this time, all university education that can be done online must be done online.

  • You should only return to campus if the following apply to you:
  • those who have remained over the winter break;

those whose attendance is critical and whose education cannot be delivered; remotely or postponed, essential placements, or for reasons of student wellbeing

From 15 March the Scottish Government have indicated an additional small number of priority students may return to campus for in-person learning. We will keep you updated about any further detail, or updates.

Those travelling to campus should book a COVID-19 test for the day of their return, before going to their accommodation.

Please observe safety guidance whilst travelling.

A rent rebate will be available for students living in University residences whose return to accommodation is delayed. This will be calculated from 4 January 2021 and refunded to your accommodation account after you have returned to your residence.

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Postgraduate travel advice

The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point. 

There are some exceptions to this advice, with the following groups of students allowed to be on campus:

  • those who have remained over the winter break
  • those whose attendance is critical and whose education cannot be delivered remotely or postponed, essential placements, or for reasons of student wellbeing

On 23 February, the Scottish Government confirmed that, from 15 March an additional small number of priority students may return to campus for in-person learning. We will keep you updated about any further detail, or updates. Please note that all arrangements are subject to future reviews of COVID-19 conditions. We will keep all students updated via email and on this website, as new guidance emerges.

The advice on testing applies to all postgraduate students. If you are travelling to a term-time address you should book a test for the date of your arrival.

Please observe safety guidance whilst travelling.

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Travel advice for international students

Unless you need to be at the University for in-person teaching, please delay your travel for now. The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms most students should not travel to term-time accommodation; we will update you when this advice changes.

If you are travelling to Scotland directly or indirectly, please see the Scottish Government’s international travel and managed isolation advice.

Currently everyone who arrives directly into Scotland will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel. There is more information on how to do this below.

People arriving indirectly - from elsewhere in the Common Travel Area (CTA), United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands - should:

  • If travelling from an acute risk list country - you will be asked to quarantine in a quarantine hotel from arrival for at least 10 days.
  • If you have arrived in Scotland from elsewhere in the Common Travel Area but have been in a country not on the acute risk list in the 10 days before that, you will be required to self-isolate at home or in your own accommodation.
  • You must take tests on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine period. Book covid test kits at the International Arrivals website.

There are more details for international travellers in the information below.

 Direct arrivals in Scotland

Everyone who arrives directly in Scotland from outside the CTA must:

Indirect arrivals in Scotland

If you arrive in Scotland from within the CTA but have been in a country not on the acute risk list in the 10 days before your arrival, you must self-isolate. There is advice on how to isolate in accommodation on the Scottish Government website.

If you are arriving anywhere in the CTA from a country on the acute risk list, you will be asked to quarantine in a quarantine hotel from arrival for at least 10 days.

All international arrivals must take tests on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine period. Book covid test kits at the International Arrivals website.

Support for international arrivals

Students who fly into Glasgow are invited to complete the University’s Travel Plans form, which gives the option of an airport transfer.

Support for those in University residences can be found on 'UofGLiving' webpages. If you can’t find an answer then please don’t hesitate to get in touch at accom@gla.ac.uk and we will respond to you as soon as possible.   

Any student and staff member who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at any time should follow the guidance on the NHS Inform website and inform the University via the UofG Helpdesk. 

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Booking a COVID-19 test

All UK based students should book a COVID-19 test for the day you intend to return to campus

Please book your test before you travel and take it before going to your term-time accommodation. This will help protect you, your household and wider community. 

Book a test if you're a University of Glasgow student

Book a test if you're a Glasgow School of Art student

You can book a test if all the following is true

  • You are a student at UofG or GSA
  • You are returning to your term-time address from another household
  • You have not tested positive in the last 90 days
  • You do not currently have Covid-19 symptoms
  • You have not been identified as having been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

If you show symptoms of Covid-19 at any point please follow the guidance on NHS Inform and do not book a lateral flow test. 

What to bring

  • A form of ID
  • Your phone, tablet or laptop
  • A face covering or mask that covers your mouth and nose. Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again.
  • If possible, bring your personal alcohol hand rub as you will be required to clean your hands before testing

What to expect

Once onsite:

  • Follow social distancing by staying at least 2 metres from all other people at the test site
  • Register your test online before you take the test. If you need help with this, please ask the site staff. They will help you while maintaining social distancing.
  • Please see this step-by-step guide for how to take a swab.
  • The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes and you should receive a result within 60 minutes.