Guidelines for students
We have updated our Covid-19 safety guidance following the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions. On this page, you'll find the latest guidance for new and returning students. Please take some time to read it in full or search for your question below.
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The safety and wellbeing of all members of our community and our neighbours continues to be our utmost priority.
Whilst changes will give more freedom, we must take personal responsibility to continue to behave responsibly to protect ourselves, and to protect our wider community.
We will take a safe and gradual approach to the lifting of all safety measures on campus, and we’ll work closely with our community and local public health authorities on the best approach.
Testing and self-isolation requirements for people travelling to the UK vary, depending on which country you are travelling from, or through, to get to the UK.
Currently, the government has a traffic light system of red, amber or green countries. The rules will be changing on Monday 4 October. You can find detailed guidance on the government website or click the relevant link below to see the current rules:
If you’re travelling from a country on the UK government’s red list you'll be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. See the Department for Education Managed Quarantine Service FAQs. The University is providing financial support to help with the cost of the required managed quarantine hotel.
From Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Find out more.
Our Library, study spaces, sports facilities, shops, cafes and restaurants will be open for the autumn term.
The Students' Union outlets are closed over the summer but will be reopening in the autumn term, see the latest updates.
During Welcome Week, there's an exciting programme of face-to-face and online events and activities designed to support your transition into University life. Alongside our programme for all new students, this year there will also be activities for returning students.
International students arriving to the UK
The guidance on self-isolation and testing requirements varies depending on whether the country you’re travelling from is on the UK government's red list, amber list or green list. Please carefully check the guidance on the government website, you can click the relevant link below to see the rules:
If you’re travelling from a country on the UK government’s red list, the University is providing financial support to help with the cost of the required managed quarantine hotel.
The University has conducted an overarching assessment of the continuing risks arising from Covid-19, which identifies the new set of minimum control measures to be adopted across campus, especially in teaching spaces (see links below).
Student Society events should work to the same overarching assessment wherever possible, or should work through their Students' Union contact to develop alternative Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures as and when necessary.
Informal events organised by students without formal Student Society oversight will also need to adopt the overarching Risk Assessment fully or, where the overarching Risk Assessment is not wholly appropriate, the organisers will need to develop alternative Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures and share them with those who might be attending their event.
The significant findings of the overarching risk assessment have been incorporated into a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which provides further detail on how to remain safe on campus.
If you are organising your own non-Student Society event, and feel that the overarching Risk Assessment and SOP are not appropriate, you can seek health and safety advice.
If you have been in a country or territory on the UK government’s red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England you must book a managed quarantine hotel for your 10 day isolation period.
We’re providing a full reimbursement of the cost of the managed quarantine hotel for students who are starting or continuing their studies at Warwick in September 2021. The eligibility criteria are detailed below.
You are a new or continuing student either starting or continuing your studies at Warwick from September 2021^ and:
On the date of entry to the UK:
- Your date of arrival falls within the relevant period for which support is being provided (09.07.2021 – 10.01.2022 inclusive)
You are domiciled in (and not visiting or transiting), a country that was on the UK’s ‘Red List’ on that date
- You were required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel
- You paid for the managed quarantine hotel and can provide a receipt for this
On the date of application for the reimbursement:
- You have completed the 10-day quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel
- You are fully enrolled on a course of study in the 2021/22 academic year, with no visa checks outstanding, and are not permanently or temporarily withdrawn
^1-year Postgraduate Master's students who started their course in the autumn of 2020, have completed all the taught element of the course, and will be returning to the UK in the autumn of 2021 for the purpose of applying for the Graduate Route visa and inbound Placement Year students are not eligible.
- If you are coming to the UK from a country that is on the UK government’s red list, it is mandatory for you to book into the official managed quarantine before travelling to the UK and to complete your period of quarantine there.
- You will be required to pay your managed hotel quarantine fee upfront and then if you are eligible for reimbursement, it will be credited to you by the University towards the end of the year. The University is not permitted to pay funds to a third party organising the managed hotel quarantine.
- There are some exemptions from managed quarantine for medical or compassionate reasons and other exemptions to the hotel quarantine requirement (this details jobs that qualify for travel exemptions so is unlikely to be relevant to those coming for full-time study).
If you travel with your parents or other students (non-Warwick) and share a room, provided you meet the other eligibility criteria, you will qualify for reimbursement of the full cost for one adult only. If you share a room with another Warwick student and they also meet the eligibility criteria, you can upload the same CTM invoice/receipt. Providing that both of your names are on the document, the total sum will be split evenly between you and the other Warwick student you shared your room with.
- In the event that you withdraw from your studies within 14 days of starting your course, you understand that the University will not cover the costs of quarantine accommodation and you may be required to repay these if they have already been credited to your account.
If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay for your managed quarantine accommodation, and if you are a UK resident or a student with a visa to study in the UK, there may be payment options available to you. Visit the CTM portal and scroll down to the "financial hardship" paragraph.
- Students who have been in an amber listed country or territory in the 10 days before coming to England may be required to self-isolate for 10 days in line with UK government guidance. Provided you are required to self-isolate due to travel and have signed a campus accommodation contract, you can arrive and access your campus accommodation, free of charge, up to your contract start date, from 17 September 2021. Students arriving from a country or territory on the amber list should ensure they check government guidance to see if they are required to self-isolate.
Students who booked a flight to England when their departure country was on the amber list and it has since moved to the green list, can also arrive early from 17 September 2021 provided they can evidence this and have a campus accommodation contract.
- Students who have been in a red listed country or territory in the 10 days before coming to England will need to go to a government hotel to self-isolate, and after their period of self-isolation in the hotel, they can also arrive with us from 17 September 2021 as an early arrival, free of charge up to their contract start date. This will only be available to students that have signed a campus accommodation contract.
We will be in touch with more information about how students can inform us of their early arrival once on-campus accommodation has been allocated, you can expect to hear from us by early September.
We are currently working through the detail to understand additional support that we can provide to students arriving in the UK; we are also planning the details of airport transfers to campus. As soon as this information is available, we will share it with you.
If you are yet to enrol or arrive in the UK
If your course is due to start in the autumn of 2021, you must have completed Course Registration, which is part of enrolment, in order to start your course in person or online. You will receive your invitation to enrol 4-6 weeks before your course start date. Find out more about the enrolment process.
If you are a student on the University of Warwick International Foundation Programme:
The deadline is 4 October 2021.
If you are an undergraduate student (including incoming study abroad students):
The deadline is usually 18 October 2021, except for the following courses:
- Mathematics (U-G100 & U-G103): 11 October 2021
- BSc Cyber Security (U-H651): 4 October 2021
If you are a postgraduate taught student:
The deadline is usually 18 October 2021, except for the following courses:
- History of Art (all taught courses): 4 October 2021
- PGCE: 31 August 2021
- MBChB (year 1): 4 October 2021
- MBChB (year 2): 20 September 2021
- Engineering (all taught courses): 11 October 2021
- Life Sciences (all taught courses): 11 October 2021
- If your official course start date is before 4 October 2021: +2 weeks from your official course start date
If you are a postgraduate research student:
The deadline is 1 month from your official course start date.
You can find your official course start date on your offer letter and your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), if applicable.
Physical arrival deadline and Graduate route visa eligibility
If circumstances do change, our flexible planning approach means we can quickly adapt if required. The experiences of the past year mean we're confident we can deliver high quality blended learning and teaching and can adapt swiftly following changes in government guidance.
We know that some of our new and returning international students are facing challenges travelling to the UK for the start of term 1. We have therefore reviewed the latest arrival date for a number of our courses. The departments/courses who are able to consider requests for a later arrival date of no later than 10 January 2022, if there are unavoidable factors preventing you from arriving on campus for term 1, are listed below.
New and returning international students will have received an email explaining the eligibility criteria and process to request a later arrival. If you think you should have received this email and have not, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Departments/courses able to offer remote study options in term 1 2021/22 and an arrival date of no later than 10 January 2022
Please carefully check which departments/courses are able to offer the later arrival date below. A later arrival date request will be possible for all levels of study in the department/School unless the brackets specify only certain courses are included, or that certain courses are excluded.
If you can see that remote study in term 1 is not allowed for your course based on the list below or your department/course is not on this list, you cannot request the later arrival date and must arrive on campus by your existing course physical arrival deadline (listed as 'Latest Start Date' on your CAS).
- Applied Linguistics (allowed for all levels of study)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (only allowed for postgraduate)
- Centre for Lifelong Learning (only allowed for Career Studies Unit courses)
- Chemistry (only allowed for postgraduate taught)
- Computer Science (only allowed for postgraduate research)
- Economics (allowed for all levels of study)
- Education Studies (allowed for all levels of study)
- English and Comparative Literary Studies (only allowed for postgraduate research)
- Philosophy (NOT allowed for undergraduate Philosophy, Literature and Classics, undergraduate Philosophy and Literature or MA in Philosophy and the Arts)
- Physics (only allowed for MMathPhys years 1 to year 3; BSc Maths and Physics year 1 and year 2; BSc Maths and Physics year 3 depending on chosen modules)
- Politics and International Studies (allowed for all levels of study)
- Psychology (allowed for all levels of study)
- School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures - SCAPVC (only allowed for MA Arts, Enterprise and Development, MA Creative and Media Enterprises, MA Global Media and Communication, MA International Cultural Policy and Management, MPhil/PhD)
- School for Cross-faculty Studies (allowed for all levels of study)
- School of Engineering (allowed for all levels of study)
- School of Law (only allowed for undergraduate, and postgraduate research)
- School of Life Sciences (only allowed for undergraduates and postgraduate taught courses, except Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century)
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures (allowed for all levels of study)
- Sociology (allowed for all levels of study)
- Statistics (allowed for all levels of study)
- Warwick Business School (allowed for all levels of study)
- Warwick Foundation Studies (Warwick International Foundation Programme)
- Warwick Institute for Employment Research (only allowed for postgraduate research)
- Warwick Manufacturing Group (only allowed for postgraduate, except postgraduate taught Cyber Security Engineering)
- Warwick Mathematics Institute (only allowed for undergraduate year 1 to year 3. PGR students please contact the department)
- Warwick Medical School (only allowed for BSc Health and Medical Sciences year 1 and year 2, Master’s in Public Health, MSc In Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, MSc Health Research, WMS Postgraduate Research)
If your course/department is not listed above, please note that you will need to arrive at Warwick to start your studies for October, and the date as specified in your CAS is the latest date you are permitted to arrive.
I have requested and had an arrival date of no later than 10 January 2022 approved but I can now arrive sooner
Student Wellbeing is very important at Warwick. Wellbeing Support Services provide a range of support, from self-help resources to email counselling and therapy groups. You can also reach out for academic support from your Personal Tutor. Find out more about how you’ll be supported at Warwick.
I am arriving from an amber or green listed country or territory, what address should I use when booking Covid-19 tests to take after my arrival?
If you need to book and pay for Covid-19 tests to be taken after arrival in England, the address you should write for the delivery of your tests will depend on the accommodation you have booked.
If you will be living on campus and need to pre-order postal Covid-19 tests to be taken after your arrival, find out more about the address that you should use and the process you should follow to ensure that your test arrives promptly.
If you have accepted a Warwick Managed off campus accommodation contract you should write the full address of the property given to you at the time of booking. If you are unable to find your address please contact the allocation team.
If you have booked private provider accommodation off campus and do not know the full address, you should contact your provider to request this.
I have booked private accommodation off campus, what should I be telling/asking my provider or landlord?
If you do not know the address of the property you have booked and are travelling from overseas, you may want to get in touch with your provider or landlord to request this for your passenger locator form. Also if you would like to arrive in the UK earlier than your accommodation start date, we recommend that you get in touch with your provider to enquire if this is possible, especially if arriving from a country on the amber list and are required to complete a period of self-isolation after you arrive in England. If your provider or landlord is unable to offer an early arrival, you may need to book a local hotel for the period of your self-isolation at your own expense.
We recognise that the pandemic continues to present many challenges. If you need any support please get in touch with Wellbeing Support Services.
You can find information regarding what to expect when self-isolating in residences on our life in halls webpages.
Information about where to collect your room key will be detailed in your arrival instructions. These will be available once you have completed your accommodation induction which is usually sent to you in early September, provided that you have accepted an accommodation contract. You can visit the Student Services website for information about what evidence you need to provide when collecting your key.
If you are Clinically Vulnerable or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, we strongly encourage you to share information with the relevant services such as the Disability Team, Warwick Accommodation and the Residential Life Team so that we can ensure you are aware of the support available. We encourage you also to share as much information as you are comfortable with your flatmates, so that they have an understanding of your circumstances and can take this into consideration.
It is also important that you share relevant information about your circumstances with your academic department (personal tutor, supervisor or undergraduate/postgraduate office) to ensure any appropriate risk assessments can be conducted or/and alternative arrangements can be considered for your studies.
If you're travelling to campus from within the UK, we strongly advise you to take a lateral flow test before you travel to campus.
Students travelling to the UK from overseas should follow the latest government guidance. Testing and self-isolation requirements vary depending on whether you're travelling from a country on the UK government's red, amber or green list.
Once you arrive at Warwick, you're advised to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests, you can book your tests on campus.
Our plan is to welcome you into an outstanding, campus-based, blended learning experience for autumn term at Warwick.
We want you to safely experience our excellent teaching, both face-to-face and online, and make the most of student life on campus beyond your studies.
To help you settle in, you will also attend Welcome Week; an exciting programme of events and activities designed to support your transition into University life.
- 17 September 2021: We have added guidance about lateral flow testing before travelling to campus for term 1.
- 15 September 2021: We have included guidance you need to follow when booking a room on campus.
- September 2021: We have added more information about the reimbursement of the red-list managed hotel quarantine cost.
- August 2021: We have updated the information about the latest arrival date for international students (only certain courses are eligible).
- August 2021: We have updated our Coronavirus website. We have reduced the number of pages across the site, and we merged a number of pages into one. This page now includes information for students about your safety and wellbeing, academic experience, student experience and arrival at Warwick.