The Department of Education has also made an extra £15 million available to students who are struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic.

This will cover both international and postgraduate students along with their domestic undergraduate counterparts.

The announcement is ‘Step 3’ in the government’s relaxation of Covid restrictions roadmap in England, assuming the steps preceding it roll out without infections, hospitalisations and deaths rising again.

Arts and ‘practical’ students have already been allowed to return sinc early March with an estimated 49 per cent of students already eligible to return to in-person teaching, subject to decisions by their institutions, while the remainder have continued to attend online lectures and seminars.

Covid testing

But the remaining students who return will have to jump through several Covid hoops in order to return to campus.

Returning students will have to take three supervised Covid tests, each three to five days apart regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. And they will have to take Covid Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly all the way through the summer term.

All tests will be free, and all students and staff who test positive from an LFD test will need to self-isolate for ten days, unless they receive a negative polymerase chain reaction or PCR test within two days.

Find out more about Covid student accommodation tenancies.

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