Accommodation

Yes, your contract runs through the Christmas vacation. We will ask you soon if you plan to be here and on what days, so we can make sure we know who is onsite.

No. We understand it will be possible to travel after the 9th December. However, the restrictions around self-isolation and travel for ‘close contacts’ of people who test positive for Covid-19 will be eased during that travel window, and so leaving later could present some challenges if someone you have been in contact with tests positive before you leave.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a discount, refund or a contract cancelation. The University remains committed to the following statement:

‘If there is another public health crisis which prevents you from accessing our campuses, you’ll be released from your contract at no additional cost’

The university remains open for business and the facilities remain available to students, wherever government restrictions allow, as such, the commitment above does not currently apply.

However, we do understand you may be struggling financially and so the University has reintroduced the Bucks Emergency Allowance (BEA) which earlier this year saw more than 620 students receive support totalling £100,000. All students facing financial hardship are invited to apply for grants of up to £250, so we can support those in need and help to cover costs such as accommodation, equipment and travelling home. There are two opportunities to apply. The first is now open and closes on 23 November. The second will open on 28 December and close on 11 January. For further details, or to apply, please click here.

Yes, we do have rooms available for January. We will soon be contacting everyone who has accepted a place at Bucks New University for January or February to invite them to apply.

For this academic year we’ve worked with Bucks Students’ Union to develop a new accommodation package – which they fully endorse – for all new, returning and graduating and alumni students for 2020/21. Recognising the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, we’ve reduced all our accommodation charges between 10-30%.

  • Rooms in our COVID-secure student accommodation will start at £80 per week and include:
    • No deposit, flexible contract period and a public health crisis guarantee;
    • All utilities, free Wi-Fi and contents insurance;
    • 24-hour security, and on-site pastoral and welfare provision;
    • 1/3 off University gym membership;
    • Free membership of ‘The Bucks Café Club’ giving you discounts at all campus cafes; and
    • Bedding, cleaning and welcome packs available on request

We won’t charge you a deposit and, if there is another public health crisis which prevents you from accessing our campuses, you’ll be released from your contract at no additional cost. Visit the accommodation area on the website for all rents.

We are still awaiting more information from the government regarding arrangements for students arriving at university in January. But, the start of the halls contract for the January intake is Tuesday 5th January. Once you have applied for accommodation and accepted your offer, you will be sent instructions regarding our online induction and arrival process.

It depends where you are coming from. Arrivals from a large number of countries are required to self-isolate for 14 days, following arrival in the UK. You can read the latest UK Government guidance and find the current list of ‘travel corridor’ countries here. Please be aware that the list of countries is changing regularly so please make sure you keep yourself updated. You’ll need to know how your travel plans might be impacted so that you can ensure you’ll be able to participate in the Unvelvety induction and teaching.

We appreciate that this may make things difficult for you financially, and so, if you do wish to arrive early to quarantine prior to the start of your course, we are pleased to offer you free accommodation in our halls from the date of your arrival in the UK until the start of your contract period with the University; as long as it is arranged in advance.

Once you have received and accepted a room offer, you should contact us at accommodation@bucks.ac.uk to arrange an early arrival if you need one, or if you have any other queries. If you have already made travel plans that don’t fit these dates and timescales, please get in touch so we may advise you on next steps to ensure your arrival at Bucks is safe and enjoyable.

You can see the government’s advice about self-isolating upon arrival in the UK here.

You will be asked to tell the government where you will self-isolate when you arrive in the UK. If you are self-isolating in halls, then you will need to provide the halls address.

When you arrive in the halls, you will need to self-isolate in your flat for 14 days. Other residents of your flat can come and go as normal. You should try to avoid close contact with others in your flat as much as possible while using shared facilities, and you should clean shared facilities after use. If you are a new student and need to arrange kitchen equipment or bedding, you need to do this in advance, so that we are prepared for your arrival.

The bedding pack consists of the following:

  • Duvet
  • Pillow
  • Duvet cover
  • Pillowcase
  • Sheet

They are available on request, so please email accommodation@bucks.ac.uk in advance of your arrival to request one.

We have improved this offer in order to help the fight against COVID-19.  Instead of issuing individual cleaning starter packs that could have run out quite quickly we have decided to provide ‘sanitising stations’ in every flat in halls. This will comprise of an anti-viral cleaning spray and disposable cloth; it will be shared between the residents of the flat and we will replenish it when required throughout the year. Therefore, you do not need to ask for this to be provided.

You can find information about the gym on the website – www.bucks.ac.uk/fitness.  Please contact fitness@bucks.ac.uk for more information.

Absolutely, yes, we have! We are doing the following:

  • Providing ‘sanitising stations’ in every flat, with cleaning materials available for the use of every student, supplies will be replenished when required. This is particularly important to help students keep surfaces clean.
  • We are installing hand gel dispensers inside every flat and already have them in place by the entrances and exits.
  • We have arranged for additional cleaning in key areas. We call this ‘touchpoint’ cleaning and it is targeted in areas where there is a lot of use by multiple residents. This will include key circulation areas like entrances and lobby areas and will include cleaning of banisters, lift buttons and door handles.
  • We are putting up signage in all circulation areas to remind residents to socially distance.
  • We are putting posters up at key places inside flats to remind students about hygienic measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • We are asking students and staff to wear face coverings if they are moving around any space shared by more than one flat e.g. landings, entrances and stairwells.

This will depend on the government guidance at the time. Under the current ‘national restrictions’ (lockdown) this is not possible as you cannot socialise with anyone outside your household, which is considered to be your halls flat.

We do not know exactly what will happen after the restrictions end on the 2nd December, but the previous 3 tier levels introduced by the Government mean that different areas of the county will move between these tiers - medium, high and very high as the COVID-19 infection rate changes. Each tier has a specific set of new regulations and guidance that is legally enforceable on social gatherings and visits, visiting venues, travel and much more.

Since the tier level of the location of the University campuses and accommodation may differ from the tier level of your family home and other areas of the country to which you may be planning to travel you need to be aware of the status of each and how that will affect what you are permitted to do. Please read full information here and act accordingly - adhering to the rules.

No. We’re sorry, but after significant discussion and consideration, we have decided that guests in the halls cannot be permitted (this includes external visitors, but also residents of other halls of residence). We understand that this won’t suit everybody, but it is the only fair and manageable approach that allows us to comply with guidance and keep the halls as safe as possible.

We will keep this under review, and so it will be a ‘fluid’ policy, depending on how the coronavirus situation develops. We will of course let residents know if this changes.

Following the latest UK Government guidance, we are unable to permit any gatherings in the halls – this means that you cannot go into anyone else’s flat to work or socialise.

Parties have never been permitted in halls but have now been openly prohibited by the government, and so it is exceptionally important that this rule is adhered to now, as parties are not conducive to social distancing and are likely to promote the spread of coronavirus.

We will continue to monitor guidance as the coronavirus situation develops and if we become aware of a change that will affect you in halls, we will tell you.

All students and staff (unless they are exempt) are always required to wear a face covering, if they are moving around any space shared by more than one flat e.g. landings, entrances and stairwells, irrespective of their social distance from others. Face coverings do not need to be worn within your own flat – that area is considered a household, and your home. Please remember, you even need to wear a mask if you have to evacuate for a fire alarm, so keep it close.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, room transfers are all being reviewed on a case by case basis and only those that have a serious detrimental impact on the health of the resident will be considered.

As soon as coronavirus is suspected, you will need to contact the student.centre@bucks.ac.uk. Your household (flat) will be expected to immediately self-isolate and the individual who has symptoms will need to arrange for a COVID test.

More information and guidance can be found here

2019/20 Academic Year (for students who were resident in halls before July 2020)

All rooms have now been cleared and belongings that were left in kitchens and bedrooms were boxed up. We have recorded belongings and stored them safely ready for collection. Please do not arrive to collect belongings without making arrangements with the Accommodation Service in advance.

You can also arrange for someone else to collect belongings for you, as long as you arrange it with us in advance. If you are not returning to the UK and are unable to collect your belongings, please contact us and we can talk to you about how this may be resolved.

If your account ended in credit, then we will either roll the money over to this year (if you return to halls) or arrange a refund. Please contact us on accommodation@bucks.ac.uk if you believe you are due a refund.