Reporting and staying at home (self-isolation)

This page provides information for students about Covid-19, reporting and staying at home (self-isolation) arrangements at Oxford Brookes. 

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms

Stay at home, get tested and report it

Stay at home

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, please stay at home. Do not come to campus if you have symptoms. 

Report it

Please use the University's Notifiable diseases reporting form if you have received a positive test for Covid-19.

Please help protect each other. Let the people you live with know if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and if you receive a positive test.

International students

Please follow the government guidelines for people with Covid-19 and their contacts.

If you would like to book a Covid-19 vaccination, we recommend that you register with a doctor at a General Practitioner (GP) surgery and seek advice from them about vaccinations. Find out how to register with a GP surgery on the NHS website.

More information on Covid-19 vaccination for international students is available in this document from NHS England.

Support for students who are staying at home due to a positive Covid-19 test

Support from the University is available for students with a positive Covid-19 test result (rapid test or NHS test).

We know that you may have concerns about what a period of staying at home, following a positive test result, means for you and your household. We want to reassure you that you are not alone and that we have a number of support options available to you. 

I’ve had a positive result from a rapid Covid-19 test which I took at home, what do I need to do?

If you get a positive result from a rapid Covid-19 test (lateral flow device (LFD) test) that you used at home, you should follow the government advice, which is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days after the day you took your test, and complete the University's Notifiable diseases reporting form

I’m double vaccinated, do I need to stay at home?

Yes - if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive with Covid-19, you need to stay at home. Please also let the University know by completing the Notifiable diseases reporting form.

Help with money

If you’re worried about how you might cope financially with staying at home whilst you have Covid-19, perhaps because you can’t go to work during this time, or you’re currently experiencing financial hardship and are worried about affording food etc, please contact the Financial Aid team who are able to help you make an emergency hardship application. 

If you’re in University accommodation

You should report your status via the Notifiable diseases reporting form first. This allows the Accommodation team to ensure only emergency visits are carried out to your household whilst you are infectious and staying at home, to reduce the risk of transmission. 

After staying at home with Covid-19 - return to campus

If you were staying at home after a positive lateral flow or PCR test:

  • If you have tested positive with Covid-19, you will have developed some immunity to the virus. This means this could affect any future tests and provide a false positive result within 90 days of a positive test.
  • However, you may choose to take two Covid-19 tests after five full days. If the tests are positive, or if you have a high temperature or feel unwell, try to follow this advice until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature if you had one.
  • Although many people will no longer be infectious to others after five days, some people may be infectious to other people for up to 10 days from the start of their infection. You should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from Covid-19, especially those whose immune system means that they are at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19, despite vaccination, for 10 days after the day you took your test.

Staying at home FAQs

How do I advise the University that I am staying at home because I have Covid-19?

Please use the University's Notifiable diseases reporting form.

How do I access support from Wellbeing services?

If you know which of the Wellbeing services you require, you can self-refer directly using the details on the website. If you are not sure what sort of support you need, or aren’t able to make direct contact with a service, please contact the Wellbeing Information Desk 01865 (48)4650, or wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk.

Are there any exceptions for when I can go outside if I'm staying at home? For example, can I go outside to exercise, to get food or medicine, to get some fresh air, or to smoke?

There are no longer legal requirements to self-isolate, howeve, staying at home and avoiding contact with other people is the most effective way to avoid passing on Covid-19.

Do my flatmates need to stay at home if I am staying at home because I have tested positive with Covid-19?

Although many people will no longer be infectious to others after five days, some people may be infectious to other people for up to 10 days from the start of their infection. You should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from Covid-19, especially those whose immune system means that they are at higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19, despite vaccination, for 10 days after the day you took your test.

I am finding it difficult / lonely staying at home while I have Covid-19, where can I find advice and support?

If you know which of the Wellbeing services you require, you can self-refer directly using the details on the website. If you are not sure what sort of support you need, or aren’t able to make direct contact with a service, please contact the Wellbeing Information Desk 01865 (48)4650, or wellbeing-recpt@brookes.ac.uk.

I'm a student. Can I return to my family home while I have Covid-19?

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, the Government recommends staying at home and not going out if it can be avoided, this would include travelling home to your family. This is to protect your family and the rest of the community from the spread of the virus. 

How can I get food supplies or medicines when I’m staying at home because I have Covid-19?

You should not go out to get food and medicine if it can be avoided. Please try and order supplies online or by phone, or ask a friend or family to bring supplies to your home. 

Most supermarkets and many other retail outlets can deliver supplies on next day delivery, including basic medicines. 

What if I have a part-time job but can’t go because I am staying at home to protect others from Covid-19?

If you experience financial hardship because you need to stay at home and are unable to participate in paid work, please contact the Financial Aid team by email at finaid@brookes.ac.uk

How do I advise my hall/accommodation provider that I am staying at home because I have Covid-19?

Your hall team will be advised once you have submitted the online form to report that you have had a positive Covid-19 test result. This process will halt any non-essential visits to your room (e.g. non-urgent maintenance or housekeeping). If there is a major maintenance issue or a serious reason to visit your accommodation while you are infectious, staff will wear appropriate PPE to do so as a precaution. Please do not be alarmed by this. 

Can I use shared facilities in my accommodation if I have Covid-19?

If you are the only positive case in your household you may wish to use the areas at less frequented times. This will depend on arrangements that each household feel are most appropriate. We hope that households will support each other during this time.

Can I smoke indoors if I am not allowed outdoors while I am staying at home with Covid-19? (Brookes-managed accommodation)

No, this is strictly prohibited and could lead to conduct penalties within the University.

If there is a fire alarm in the Halls of residence and I have Covid-19, where do I exit?

You exit via the same route as normal, a fire alarm indicates a greater immediate threat to life and it is imperative that you do evacuate for this reason. If you have a face covering to hand and can wear this it would be preferred, but do not stop to look for this or re-enter a building to obtain this. There will be a separate fire assembly point for you depending on your location but the general rule is that you must distance from the larger group.

What do I need to do if I feel really unwell while I am staying at home because of Covid-19?

Call 111 or your GP (doctor) out of hours service, or 999 in an emergency.

Can I still collect post? (Brookes-managed accommodation)

While you are testing positive for Covid-19 because you are infectious, you should ideally stay in your room/flat. However, if someone you are living with does not have Covid-19, then you can ask them to collect your post from your post box on your behalf or accept packages from the postman for you. If the Hall Office has contacted you regarding them holding a package for you - don't worry, we will keep it until you are able to collect it. If it's urgent let us know and we will see what we can do to help.

What do I do if I need a food delivery and don't have a direct door/access point? (Brookes-managed accommodation)

Suggestions for this could be a friend or family member delivering items for you to your flat door or an online supermarket delivery. If they need access to come to your flat through the block door, please notify your Hall Office who will be able to assist.