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Policy on Rent for Easter Term 2021

Here's all you need to know about the College rent policy for Easter Term 2021, effective 1 April 2021. 

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Last term the government permitted a limited return to in-person teaching and committed to reviewing further returns by the end of the Easter holidays.  

The government has now reviewed the position and has announced that remaining students will be able to return to in-person teaching no earlier than 17 May 2021, following a further review of the data. In light of this, the University’s policy on permission for returning students remains unchanged:

  • “For students who have been given permission to return for in-person teaching for practical or practice-based subjects, as well as for research students, this permission continues. 
  • For students who have previously been given permission to return by their College for reasons of health, or access to study spaces and facilities, this permission continues. 
  • Other students who have not previously been given permission, but who wish to return for Easter Term, are encouraged to apply to their College for permission to return if they need to do so for reasons of health (including mental health) or to access study space and facilities.”

Returning to College

The College welcomes the return of all students who are currently permitted to return and those who will be permitted once the government has confirmed its policy. Any student who wishes to return to College accommodation, either before or after 17 May, must discuss their circumstances with their Tutor and complete the online Return to College Form.

Studying remotely

We recognize, however, like the University, that some students (for example, international students and those with increased susceptibility to infection diseases) may wish to remain elsewhere even when the government has given permission for all students to return. If you are in this situation, please complete the Request to Work Remotely form to obtain or extend permission to study remotely if appropriate.

Once permission has been given, you should give thought to your room licence. If you are on a termly or a period licence (and, in the case of the 12-month period licence, will not be returning over the summer) you should terminate your room licence by emailing the Accommodation Manager.

If you have items in your room, you should state this in your email as you will need to arrange collection as soon as possible, but by 30 June at the latest. If you are on a 12-month licence and think you will return for the summer (and will still be a registered Wolfson student), you should contact the Accommodation Manager to discuss the best way forward. 

Rent policy for Easter Term

We have reviewed our rent policy and the guiding principle remains the same: the College will not charge for rent for anyone who is not able to return to College accommodation in the Easter term as a result of the government restrictions.   

“Not able to return” means: 

(i) up to 17 May 2021 (or any later date announced by the government), not having permission in line with the University’s policy outlined above, or having already obtained permission to study remotely for the Easter Term; or 

(ii) from 17 May 2021 (or any later date announced by the government) having the College’s permission (on application to the Assistant Senior Tutor) to continue to study remotely until the end of the Easter Term.

How does it work?

Period licence-holders

If, as at 1 April 2021, you have been given permission to be in residence, you will be charged rent in the normal way in accordance with the terms of your licence (i.e. from 1 April 2021).

If you have been given permission to return in the period 1 April 2021 – 16 May 2021 (or any later date announced by the government), you will be charged rent from the date of your permitted return as agreed with the Assistant Senior Tutor and specified on the mandatory ‘Return to College Form’  (please note that you will be charged from this date even if you are delayed so it is important to specify a realistic return date on the form).

If you have not already returned before the government’s confirmed date for the return of all students (currently expected to be 17 May), you will be charged rent from that date unless you have obtained permission from the College to continue to study remotely until the end of the Easter Term.

Please note: if you were previously in residence and took advantage of the permitted “travel window” to go away for Easter, this does not affect your liability for rent.

Termly licence-holders

If you are in residence before 24 April (the start of the termly licence period), you will be charged for your room according to your booking made with the Accommodation Manager.

If you have been given permission to return in the period 24 April 2021 – 16 May 2021 (or any later date announced by the government), you will be charged rent from the date of your permitted return as agreed with the Assistant Senior Tutor and specified on the mandatory ‘Return to College Form’  (please note that you will be charged from this date even if you are delayed so it is important to specify a realistic return date on the form).

If you have not already returned before the government’s confirmed date for the return of all students, you will be charged rent from that date (currently expected to be 17 May), unless you have obtained permission from the College to continue to study remotely until the end of the Easter Term.

Self-isolation and testing on return: please see the latest College guidance on self-isolation and testing.

End of term: please note that if you wish to stay in residence beyond the date that your licence expires (26 June 2021 for termly licences; 30 June for 9 month period licences), you will need to book extra nights through the Accommodation Manager when prompted to do so. We will do our best to ensure that you may remain in your current room for any extra nights but we cannot guarantee this.

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