Updated 16 April 2021
Easter Term Arrangements
Some coronavirus restrictions were eased on 12 April, but government guidance on in-person teaching for University students will not change before 17 May, at the earliest. University policy on returning students remains unchanged:
- Teaching will remain online for the majority of courses (with a few exceptions) until at least 17 May.
- Courses that are already teaching in person (e.g. clinical medicine and some other practical or practice-based subjects) will continue to do so.
- Postgraduate research students continue to be permitted to access specialist facilities if necessary for their work.
- If you have pre;viously been given permission to return into residence for in-person teaching, this permission continues.
- If you have previously been given permission to return for reasons of health, or access to study spaces and facilities, this permission continues.
- Most students should remain where they are – whether at home or in Cambridge – and should not travel unless for one of the permitted exceptional reasons.
- Weekly asymptomatic testing continues for all resident and many non-resident students.
- College facilities are gradually re-opening, albeit with social distancing and capacity controls.
I am not in Cambridge - how do the current guidelines affect me?
- If you are not currently in College accommodation, but find it difficult to study where you are living-- for reasons of health (including mental health), or because you lack adequate study space or need access to University resources-- you are encouraged to discuss your circumstances with your Tutor and complete the online Return to College form to request permission to return.
- Some students (for example, international students or those with increased susceptibility to infectious diseases) may not be able to return to Cambridge in Easter term. The residence requirement for such students will be waived and you will be supported to ensure you can complete your studies remotely, Contact your Tutor and your Director of Studies or Postgraduate Supervisor to discuss you circumstances.
- If you have been notified that in-person teaching on your course will resume in Easter Term, you may return, but you must first complete the online Return to College form.
- If you have been given permission to return to in-person teaching but are unable to return to Cambridge, contact your Tutor and your Director of Studies or Postgraduate Supervisor to discuss your situation; they will support you to study remotely.
- If your course has not been permitted to resume in-person teaching and you are able to continue your studies remotely, you should remain where you are until the Government gives permission – on or after 17 May–for all students to return to their term-time accommodation.
- If you are a research student who needs to return to Cambridge to continue your research, you may do so, but only after completing the online Return to College form, so that relevant staff are informed and we can support you through any required period of self-isolation.
Testing and self-isolation on return to Cambridge
Students returning into College accommodation from abroad must observe the current government guidelines for entering the UK. Note in particular the requirement for three coronavirus tests--one before you leave and two during the mandatory 10-day quarantine. These tests must be booked from approved providers; the University's Asymptomatic Screening Programme is not authorised to provide these mandatory tests. Unless you are travelling from a country on the 'red list', you may spend the required quarantine in College accommodation.
Students returning into College accommodation from within the UK must also self-solate in their room for 10 days OR until they receive a negative test result in the weekly Asymptomatic Screening programme. Plan your travel to arrive just before the weekly pooled testing on Wednesday mornings, in order to spend the least amount of time in self-isolation.
See our website for detailed information about COVID-19 tests on returning to Cambridge and about support during Travel Quarantine. Please check these pages and the University's COVID-19 resources for the latest information available.
Vacation Travel during Easter break
Government guidance states that, for both domestic and international students, travel will be permitted on one occasion from their term-time accommodation at University to (and from) one other household for the purposes of a vacation during the Easter break.
The window for travel is from 8 March to 29 April.
However, despite permitting travel, the government still strongly advises against this, in order to minimise transmission of COVID-19. Students are particularly advised not to travel abroad because travel restrictions could change while they are overseas and they may not be able to return.
Students who are resident in College accommodation should notify the Accommodation Manager of their travel dates, leave their keys with the Porters and complete the online Return to Cambridge form to notify College staff of the date of their return.