City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest information for students and staff

Last updated: 07 Apr 2021 4:34pm
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  • For the latest opening times at City, read our COVID-19 status page.
  • For the latest information for International students, read our email.

Accessing our campus safely

While the majority of teaching is taking place online, City has put safety measures in place to allow our students and staff on campus when needed. All members of City’s community will need to work together to keep each other safe when on campus. so please make sure you read the safety measures City is implementing and follow the guidance to help ensure social-distancing and hygiene guidelines are followed.

Before you arrive on campus

  • Book your study space in advance.
  • Book your Covid-19 tests - to reduce the spread of the virus and keep all people on campus safe, we strongly encourage you to take a test and only come onto campus on the basis of a negative COVID-19 result. You can book free asymptomatic tests through our UoL partnership or use community testing in your local area. Students observing Ramadan can read the guidance on testing from the British Islamic Medical Association here.

While you’re on campus

  • Access Northampton Square through the side door next to the main entrance, and Bunhill Row and Myddleton Street through their main entrances
  • Sign in using your ID number when you enter our buildings
  • Use the study space or PC you have been allocated
  • Use outdoor spaces, such as the Drysdale Garden if you would like to socialise while on campus
  • Follow the key actions below that we’re asking all students, staff and visitors to adopt in order to keep themselves and each other safe.

Working together to keep our City community safe

What we are doing

What we need you to do

Making it possible to study and work online when not on campus

If you are feeling unwell, stay at home.

Circulating fresh air where possible

Wear a face covering on campus unless you're exempt. If you're exempt, please let us know by completing this form and wearing the navy blue lanyard and exemption card we’ll provide.

Providing hand sanitisation stations across campus

Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

Installing clear signage and one-way systems to support social distancing

Stay alert and maintain social distancing.

Following an enhanced cleaning programme on campus

Use the disinfectant spray provided to wipe down surfaces and equipment.

Providing regular updates on safety measures and guidelines to keep you safe

Stay in touch with your tutor or class, and keep up to date with City communications. If you're unwell, please let us know by completing this form.

Looking after your own health

You can find the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19), including symptoms, social distancing guidance and track and trace on the NHS coronavirus website.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result. Please also let us know by completing this form.

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

What to do if your test is positive

Stay at home, self isolate and please confirm your positive test with us as soon as possible by completing this form.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

In line with public health advice, we ask you follow these hygiene practices to protect your own health and that of others:


  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean