2021 travel and return to campus

Most students should not travel to term-time accommodation at this point. The Scottish Government will confirm when it is safe for you to return to campus, but advise that it is unlikely travel will be allowed before the beginning of March.

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
  • a small number of students with a time-sensitive element to their course will be able to travel from 15 February

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Undergraduate travel advice

Phase 1 - From 5 January

All university education that can be done online must be done online and campus/accommodation can open. 

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

 Phase 2 - From 15 February

  • essential returners to campus/accommodation for in-person teaching where their attendance is time-sensitive to their course or assessment, especially ability to graduate, and cannot be delivered remotely or further postponed

 Phase 3 (provided safe and virus control is at a reasonable level)

  • other students may return on a gradual basis to campus and accommodation
  • guidance on the extent of in-person teaching will depend on the level the institution is in
  • Scottish Government will review at the beginning of February and regularly thereafter when this phase can start
  • it is unlikely that it will start before the beginning of March

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. Where there is a time-sensitive element to your course, a small number of students will be able to travel.

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

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 continue to observe the latest Scottish Government guidance and local restrictions.

  • The advice on testing applies to all PGR students. If you are travelling to a term-time address you should  for the date of your arrival.
  • Please continue to observe the latest Scottish Government guidance and local restrictions.

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Travel advice for international students

Semester began on 11 January and the majority of learning and teaching is being delivered online. The latest Scottish Government guidance confirms that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point. 

Unless you need to be at the University for in-person teaching, please delay your travel for now. We will update all students when the Scottish Government advise it is safe for students to travel.

From Monday 18 January, the small number of students who do travel to Scotland from abroad must:

  • have proof of a negative PCR test (or similar test with at least 99% specificity and 97% sensitivity for detecting COVID-19) taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. See the Scottish Government’s guide: Pre-departure coronavirus testing
  • self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, along with everyone in the household. Our International Student Support Team will provide assistance following arrival in Glasgow.
  • not book a Lateral Flow test at the University's testing centre.

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

Whether you join us in Glasgow or study from home, please know that we are with you every step of the way, and will do all that we can to ensure that your student journey at the University of Glasgow is both a successful and enjoyable one.

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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.