Arriving early for self-isolation

The College has detailed plans and procedures in place to ensure that we are able to fully support our students living in College accommodation who are required to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.  All those who have indicated a need for this will be contacted individually by Rachael Dean who will arrange the details of arrival and explain the support available during the period of self-isolation.

Do I need to self-isolate?

  • If you are arriving into College accommodation from overseas you may be required to ‘self-isolate’ for a period of 14 days, unless you are travelling from an exempt country.
  • If you are arriving from a country that does not appear on the exempt list, you will need to “stay at home” (home being your place of residence in the UK) for the first 14 days that you are in the UK.  If you’re travelling from an exempt country you will not need to self-isolate. To read government guidance in full click here.
  • If a period of self-isolation is required by the Government, you are expected to complete this before the start of term to ensure you are able to start your academic work from the beginning of term. 

Why is self-isolating important?

It can take up to 14 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus, and in this time, you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms. Self-isolating will reduce the chance of an outbreak of coronavirus within Pembroke and will help keep everyone in our Community safe.

What does ‘self-isolation’ mean?

  • If you are required to self-isolate on arrival in the UK and are coming straight to Pembroke, this means you should stay inside the College grounds for the first 14 days that you’re in the UK.
  • We do not expect you to remain inside in your bedroom for the entire period of self-isolation, but we do ask that you act responsibly and ensure that you maintain a distance of 2m away from others at all times, even if you are outside.
  • In line with University Policy, we ask that you wear a face covering at all times when you are in shared spaces indoors and limit your time within these spaces. Friends or visitors should not be invited into your room during this period.
  • Each College site (Main Site/Rokos Quad/GAB/Botley Road Houses) has its own outside space which you can use to get fresh air or exercise but you should not leave College premises unless it is for one of the limited circumstances detailed on the Government website.   If you are considering leaving the College for an essential item please discuss it with us first – we may be able to help.

Our full reference guide for self-isolation, with details of all support available, is available online.