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Stay at Home Support

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 should review the Stay at Home Guidance FAQ below and take advantage of the support that the College offers. 

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Updated 18 April 2022

The information on this page is for Wolfson students staying in College accommodation who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are following Stay at Home guidance. If you would like further advice or support, please contact the COVID Student Support Assistant ( who will be happy to help. 

Staying at home and avoiding contact with other people 

Whilst there is no longer a legal requirement for people with COVID-19 to self-isolate, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

In practice, you are strongly advised to observe the following:

  • Do not go into communal College buildings, University buildings, or other public places, and do not attend in-person teaching or meetings
  • Ask a friend to collect food for you
  • Do not invite guests to visit you in your room or accommodation
  • Do not ask members of housekeeping or the maintenance department to enter your room (except in an emergency)
  • Be respectful in shared areas of your accommodation by avoiding contact with others, wearing a face covering, and ensuring rooms are well ventilated
  • Let the Porters know when you have finished following ‘stay at home’ guidance, so that relevant members of staff are kept informed

The information on this page explains how Wolfson College will support you during this time.

Stay at Home Guidance FAQ

What if I have symptoms or develop them while staying at home and avoiding contact with others?

You can find out about treating COVID symptoms by visiting the NHS website or contacting the College Nurse at

You can find out whether or not you are required to test on the NHS website. If you do need to take a PCR, you can book one through the University Testing Process or an NHS-approved test. Phone the Porters’ Lodge to inform them, so they can advise and support you.

Can I collect deliveries from the flagpole? 

Where possible, it is best to ask someone to collect deliveries for you - the Porters may be able to help you if you don't know who to ask. If you decide to collect a delivery yourself, it is strongly encouraged that you adhere to the following guidelines:

• Wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask and ensure that you have washed your hands

• Request that the delivery driver places the items on the ground and steps back before you collect them

• Ensure there is at least a two-metre distance between yourself and others at all times


How can I safely use the shared kitchen in my accommodation? 

To protect others in your household, it is recommended that you observe the following:

Only use the kitchen when you are alone.

If possible, open the windows to ventilate the room.

Wash your hands before, during and after using the kitchen.

Wash and put away any items you have used before leaving the kitchen.

Clean kitchen surfaces (including the handles to microwaves, kettles and refrigerators) before and after you use them.

Wear a face covering at all times.

Will housekeepers still clean communal areas in my accommodation? 

Housekeepers will clean communal areas, but they will not enter your room. Please make sure you inform housekeepers that you have tested positive for COVID-19 if they ask to enter. 

How can I safely use the College grounds?

You may walk freely around the grounds, but it is requested that you:

Wear a well-fitting face covering 

Avoid close contact with anyone and stay at least 2 metres apart from others

Take any exercise outdoors in places where you will not have contact with other people

Be especially careful with your hand and respiratory hygiene

What other support is available to me?

Tutors are available for consultation by email or, if requested, videoconference.

Porters are on site 24/7. Contact them at any time with any concerns at 01223 335900.

The College Nurse is available for telephone consultation every weekday in term time. Send your contact details to:

Please also explore the many programmes offering remote support to University students at this time.

Can I get books from the Wolfson Library while staying at home? 

The library is happy to help. Firstly, if you have access to your course Moodle site, you might already find that many of your reading lists have been uploaded as PDFs or links to ebooks. Also, check to see if you have any Reading Lists Online. If not, or if you want to see what the Wolfson Library holds, use the library catalogue iDiscover. If you identify books that you need, or would prefer a PDF of a book chapter, just email the library and we will bring the books to your College residence or email you the PDF. You are also welcome to suggest that the library purchase specific books.

How else can the Wolfson Library help me while I'm staying at home? 

The library has great information about study/academic skills you might want to brush up on. The library also has several jigsaw puzzles you can borrow for two weeks. Email the library, and they'll bring one to you!

If you have any other questions about how to access support whilst you are staying at home and avoiding contact with others, please contact the COVID Student Support Assistant (