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What do the new lockdown rules mean for me?

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020, there will be a national lockdown across England. 

That means you need to stay at home unless for specific reasons such as on-campus teaching, outdoor exercise or going to get food.  

Can I leave my student accommodation? 

Yes, but only for specific reasons such as attending teaching on-campus, going to the supermarket, and attending a medical appointment. You can also use the library or one of our study spaces 

You can leave your home for exercise outdoors as often as you like.  

You can also go out with your household for ‘recreation’ time or on your own with one person from another household (one plus one rule).  

Examples of ‘recreation’ include meeting a friend in a park for a walk or picnic. You cannot meet in homes or gardens.  

Can I still attend on-campus teaching? 

Yes, you can leave your home to attend university.  

We will continue to offer a mix of online and on-campus teaching/supervision in a Covid-safe environment. 

What changes will there be to campus facilities? 

The majority of our campus services and facilities will remain open as they were before the lockdown. Our on-campus accommodation will remain open, as will the libraries and study spaces. 

With only a small number of exceptions, our catering outlets will also remain open offering a take-away service with eat-in service still available to those students on catered packages onlySome facilities may need to adjust their hours of operation. The Medical Centre on the Canterbury campus will also remain open 

Please check our Student life information on the student coronavirus pages for more details. 

What will close off campus? 

Non-essential shops, hairdressers/beauty salons, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed. 

Bars, restaurants, and pubs will also be closed but can offer takeaway services.  

What support is available? 

We are here for you in these uncertain times! 

We offer a wide range of support services for students, including wellbeing and support, finance, online learning, IT, housing, accommodation, and immigration. 

Please check out our support pages for more information 

Can I return to my family home? 

If you are currently living away from your family home, a recent letter from the Minister of State for Universities is urging you stay where you are. This will help stop the spread of Covid and save lives.  

I am a commuting student. Can I still travel to university? 

Yes, you can still travel from home for education. Plan your journey in advance and make sure you follow the Government and travel operator’s guidelines. 

If you need support during this difficult time, please get in touch by emailing 

We are here for you and we will get through this together!