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The collegiate University continues to monitor and respond to Public Health England and Government advice. The University is continually monitoring latest Public Health England and government advice on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These pages contain advice and FAQs for staff and students at the University and Colleges The University's StaySafeCambridgeUni webpage is where you will find information to help Cambridge students and staff minimise the risks to themselves and others from the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read all the University statements here.

Catering details and library opening times can be found at the bottom of this page. The gym is currently closed.

Lucy Cavendish College Face Coverings Policy

Lucy Cavendish College  - Information for students

Return in January

Following up on the V-C’s email on Wednesday 06 January (update from V-C) and the Senior Tutor’s email, please see information below:

Lent term – Students 

The University and Colleges remain open, and will continue to engage in research, learning and education. 

After considerable reflection, the University has taken the difficult decision to move all teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students online for the entirety of the Lent term. Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students should remain where they are currently staying. This decision follows Government guidance, but goes further in time to avoid uncertainty and disruption in the middle of the term. 

Exceptions are: clinical Medical, clinical Veterinary and PGCE students; students without access to appropriate study spaces or facilities; and students who need to be in Cambridge for specific reasons, including health or safety reasons. Students in these categories must contact their College directly to discuss their circumstances, and to be given guidance about access to testing.

First and second year medics and vets, if not already in Cambridge (College or private accommodation), should not currently return to Cambridge.

Please note that where students are already in residence, it is NOT recommended that they leave to travel home.  This would be against Government guidance and against the instructions received from the Minister for Education last week.

We are seeking advice on whether students on any other courses not mentioned above will be able to return. Until further notice, no other students should expect in-person teaching this term.

Please be assured that students in residence will be looked after as they were in Michaelmas Term and all the additional secure study space will remain open, as will the Library with its increased opening times.

Postgraduate research students who are able to work from their out-of-term address should do so. Postgraduate research students who consider Cambridge to be their primary place of residence can return to Cambridge if they have not already done so. 

Those postgraduate research students who need to be in Cambridge for their research projects can return provided this has been discussed and agreed with their College and Department, and that appropriate risk assessments have been conducted. We ask that in any event they do not return before 11 January, when individual asymptomatic testing will be available. 

As stated yesterday, international students who are able to change their return travel plans should do so. Please be in touch with your College authorities to let them know where you will be during the Lent term. Students who travel to Cambridge will have to stay in Cambridge for the duration of the national lockdown. 

I realise that many students have remained in residence over the winter break. Those students who are currently in Cambridge are being asked to remain in Cambridge, where they can expect to be supported by the University and Colleges. 

The Colleges have agreed that rent will only be charged by Colleges to students if they are living in their College accommodation during the national lockdown period instigated by government. Colleges will not charge students who are not able to return to Cambridge as a result of the current government legislation and guidance. 

Students are facing considerable anxiety and uncertainty as we begin Lent term, and I wish to remind you of some of the resources available to support your health and wellbeing. It is also important for students to remember that Colleges are always available to provide support and advice to those dealing with issues relating to their mental health and wellbeing. More information below.

Lent term – Research 

Most of the University’s research facilities will remain open, as allowed by Government guidance, and COVID-secure protocols will be updated to take account of the heightened risk of transmission for the new COVID variant. I must reiterate, however, the Government’s request that only people who absolutely cannot work from home can go into their normal places of work.  

You must work from home if at all possible. Wanting to work in a laboratory, office or university facility because it is preferable or more convenient is not a good enough reason to do so. There must be a compelling cause. Staff wishing to go into their usual workplace must have the agreement of their Heads of Institution. Members of the University community who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable must not go into places of work or study.


The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme will restart on 18th January and will be available to all students including students in both College and private accommodation.  The first week's tests for Lucy Cavendish will take place on Wednesday 20th January.  Please note that Lucy Cavendish’s date for testing will be on a Wednesday from next term and you will be able to collect your test kit from the Porters’ Lodge the day before (on a Tuesday).  Some additional tests will also be made available from 11th January, for students who have already returned to Cambridge. Please see details below.

Until you have received a negative test result on your return, we encourage you to manage your social interactions, and as you have been doing so well all through Michaelmas Term to remember the important precautions of washing hands regularly, wearing face-coverings, and maintaining social distancing.

Additional start-of-term individual tests (week commencing 11th January)

In addition to the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme, the University will also be offering individual tests in the week commencing 11th January for students who are BOTH returning to Cambridge after the Christmas vacation AND belong to one of the following groups:

  1. Students who are not eligible to participate in the pooled screening programme e.g. some students in private accommodation.
  2. Students returning to Cambridge more than 3 days before their first day of pooled screening i.e. most students returning to Cambridge before the weekend of 16th-17th January.

Tests will be available from 11th-15th January (Mon-Fri inclusive). Because of constraints on testing capacity, some students may need to compromise on the day they take their test, to ensure that the system works for everyone.

The College will be responsible for distributing test kits and managing the number of tests conducted each day, and will therefore be in touch with further information.

See FAQs for further details.

You should check regularly for general updates on the University’s coronavirus webpages and the student health and wellbeing webpages

The public health concerns behind the lockdown are very worrying, and we know that the restrictions it imposes on all of us will create new challenges and pressures.

It is essential you read and follow Government Public Health England (PHE) advice.

Please read and align yourself with the Collegiate University’s COVID Community Statement before your return. This brief statement of purpose emphasises our individual and collective responsibility in minimising risks, and maximising support, for students, staff and visitors. Briefly, we expect you to abide by these key principles following your arrival in Cambridge: 

  • Stay alert to minimising the risks of virus transmission in all aspects of your life. 

  • Work from home whenever you can. 

  • Limit contact with other people outside of your household, following government guidelines.

  • Observe social distance when you go out. 

  • Wash your hands regularly, and don’t leave home if you, or anyone you live with, has symptoms (see below). 

The government has announced plans for students to return in the new year (Lent 2021).  The University’s specific advice can be viewed at: January 2021: Return for Lent Term 

Students in College accommodation

  • The asymptomatic screening for Lucy Cavendish will resume on 20th January 2021 and, from that week onwards, the day of testing for Lucy Cavendish will now be on a Wednesday (test kits will be available for collection from the Porters’ Lodge on Tuesday).  Your test kits must be returned to the red box in the Porters’ Lodge before 11:45am each Wednesday. 

  • Full details of the testing programme and procedures, including the consent form, can be found here:  Note: if you have not consented, your test will not be processed.

Students living in private accommodation in Cambridge

  • The University has expanded the testing and you may now also be eligible for the weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 screening programme.  For further information, please see University’s website here: Lent Term 2021 COVID-19 Testing Arrangements (eligibility criteria can be found in the FAQ section).

  • If you are eligible and you wish to be added to the weekly asymptomatic screening programme for students living in private accommodation, you must register through College no later than 4.00pm on Tuesday 22nd December using this form (login in by using your email and Raven password – please do NOT share this form with non-Lucy Cavendish members).

  • If you live in a household with students from another College(s), you only need to register yourself and your household members with us if you, as a Lucy Cavendish member, are the lead student.  If the lead student is a member of another College, then they will need to register all household members with their College and they will be responsible for collecting the test kits from their College.

  • Please note: For students living in private accommodation in Cambridge, your asymptomatic testing day will be on a Monday, starting from Monday 18th January 2021, and the lead Lucy Cavendish student will need to collect the test kits from the Porters’ Lodge.  Test kits must be returned before 11:45am each Monday at one of the dedicated drop boxes (drop box locations).  Please note, that you can also now use the drop box at Homerton.

  • Students included in the screening programme (who have registered with the College using the form above) will be able to get a pooled COVID test kit from the week beginning 18th January 2021.  Full details of the testing programme and procedures, including the consent form, can be found here:  Note: if you have not consented, your test will not be processed.

Students returning to Cambridge prior to the week commencing 18th January

  • For the week commencing 11th January 2021, individual COVID-19 testing kits will be available Monday- Friday from the Porter’s Lodge on request.

  • Individual test kits will be supplied in white envelopes.  Please follow the protocol for taking an individual confirmatory test, which is provided with every kit.

  • When you register your kit using the QR code or website URL on the envelope (Step 15 of the protocol), you will additionally be asked to provide your mobile phone number. This step is critical, because the University will use it to text you your result.

  • Please ensure you drop off your double-bagged sample at the nearest drop box before 11:45am that same day.


Private COVID-19 test providers in Cambridge

There are several places in Cambridge where it is possible to arrange a private test. These include:

Test & Check – Follow Up for Previous Weeks Positive Pool Individuals who Tested Negative (NEW)

  • From the week commencing 25th January 2021, the University will introduce an individual test offered to those students self-isolating due to a positive pool test but whose individual confirmatory tests were negative the previous week.

  • Individual test kits (white envelope) will be available from the Porters’ Lodge.

  • Once you’ve collected the test kit, you will then carry out testing in own room and complete the IT info required via the QR scan.

  • Deposit the double bagged sample tube in one of the dedicated drop boxes (drop box locations). Please note, that you can also now use the drop box at Homerton.

For further advice on the asymptomatic testing programme, please contact:

1.1. Risk assessment 

The prospect of a new and rapid spike in cases remains a very real threat, so it is important that all students and staff stay alert. You will be expected to follow the University’s and the College’s guidance, about which you will be kept closely updated during term. 

1.2. Precautionary measures that will be taken in College 

The College is taking all necessary steps to minimise the risk of infection to staff and students. These include, but are not limited to: 

o All staff and students must wear face coverings in most indoor settings. These will be provided as part of your welcome pack. Please read the face coverings policy here.

o In the event that a student develops symptoms or is concerned that they may have caught Coronavirus, the University has set up an independent test and trace programme. Details about the testing can be found here.

1.3. Arrangements in the event of another rise in cases 

In the event of another rise in cases of Coronavirus infections in the UK, we will follow Public Health England (Government) guidance. Should a local lockdown be enforced, our continuous nine-month accommodation leases will enable all students to remain in College. During such a period, College will continue to supply food, give access to library books and, where possible, provide socially distanced study areas. 

1.4. Do you have symptoms? 

You can check your symptoms using the NHS symptom checker. Do not travel to Cambridge if you are currently self-isolating or isolating as a household because you, or someone you live with, or someone you have been in close contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19 or has shown symptoms of fever, new persistent cough, or a loss or change in sense of taste or smell. In this case, follow the current PHE guidance: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Should you be prevented from travelling for this reason, please contact the College Admissions Office at and Senior Tutor ( as soon as you anticipate a disruption to your plans.

2.1. If you are a new student check if you have increased susceptibility to infectious disease 

The UK government’s public agency, Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance to help you understand if you have underlying illnesses that could put you at a higher risk, or even a very high risk, of serious COVID-19 related illness. Check these two links to see if you fall into one of these groups, and if so, follow the advice below. 

2.2. Please let us know if you have increased susceptibility to infectious disease. 

Very high risk group: 

A very small number of people with significant underlying health conditions including, for example but not limited to organ transplant recipients and those with specific cancers, belong in the very high risk category for serious COVID illness. People in this group need special consideration because of government advice to ‘shield’ or strictly isolate themselves at times of high levels of virus circulation. Please note that presently, with lower levels of virus circulation in England, shielding is not currently required. Nevertheless, if you are within this group, we need to hear from you as soon as possible, so please: 

o Arrange straight away for a letter from your physician or specialist medical consultant detailing your condition and outlining your preventive health needs in the context of plans to enter a residential student environment. Attached to this document is a letter you can send to your physician requesting this information. 

o Inform the College of your situation immediately via, and use this email address for follow-up enquiries. 

o As soon as you receive your letter from your physician, send it to your College to be passed on to the Senior Tutor as a matter of urgency. 

o You will be contacted by the College’s Senior Tutor, or a representative, to discuss the need for any further information, and to develop a plan for study and living arrangements – working with the relevant University Departments where necessary. 

o Please refer to the University’s ISID webpage ( for further information on the range of support available depending on need. 

Higher risk group: 

People with a wider range of underlying health conditions including chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and neurological diseases, could belong in the higher risk group for more serious COVID-related illness. Although not required to ‘shield’ at any stage, members of this group should: 

o Arrange a consultation with your physician or specialist medical consultant for personal advice based on your plans to enter residential student environment. 

o Inform the College of your situation immediately via, and use this email address for follow-up enquiries. 

o Provide further information on your condition through the College’s health information gathering system when asked to do so. 

o Prepare for you arrival in Cambridge by reading and understanding the advice on social distancing and household hygiene provided on the Cambridge ISID webpages ( and other student information that will be provided in the coming weeks. On arrival, and on an ongoing basis after that, work with your College Tutor and College Nurse to address any remaining concerns. 

2.3. Let us know if you have disabilities that are impacted by COVID-related social distancing measures 

Please let us know if you have any disabilities that are impacted by COVID-related preventive health arrangements (these might include long term health conditions or mobility impairments, or certain mental health conditions). Students in this category will be asked to: 

o Confirm straight away to the College ( that you have already registered your disability with the University’s Disabilities Resource Centre (DRC). Use this same email address for subsequent enquiries to the College on this matter. 

o You will be contacted by the College’s Senior Tutor or College Disabilities Officer to check, in conjunction with DRC, that you have an appropriate arrangement for study and accommodation that meets your specific needs. 

o Please refer to the University’s ISID webpage ( for further information on the range of support available depending on need. 

Please note that information will be processed by the College in accordance with our privacy notice for students (, this may include sharing information with relevant University bodies. We recognise that some of the data which we are requesting is sensitive personal data and we will handle this in accordance with the strict requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. 


3.1. Have you planned your journey to Cambridge in line with PHE guidance? Be sure to travel in a way that presents the least risk to you, your fellow travellers, and the College and University community you are entering. Read and follow the PHE guidance on social distancing during travel in the UK, and consider all alternatives before using public transport. Note that it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering while on public transport in the UK. 

3.2. If you are travelling to or from College by car at the start or end of term, please contact for further information.

4.1. Travel corridors were suspended 4am, 18 January 2021. If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. Read about travel and transport measures in place to protect England from coronavirus.

4.2. Arrival arrangements for all internatonal travellers. If you are travelling to Cambridge from a country that is not on this list, you would be required to quarantine before the start of term. After 5 days you can participate in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for international travel scheme by paying for a private COVID-19 test. 

Before arriving in England, you’ll need to:

For your journey from the airport to Cambridge, please ensure you read and follow the PHE guidance on social distancing during travel in the UK and note that it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering while on public transport in the UK. On arrival to College, please report to the Porters' Lodge. You will be provided with a quarantine pack.

You need to quarantine after travelling to the UK from abroad. You must take quarantine very seriously: it is crucial in order to keep yourself and the Cambridge Community safe. In addition, you can be fined £1000 if you are required to self-isolate and do not.

What to pack if you will need to quarantine

Any medication you need for the period of quarantine. College is unable to provide medical supplies of any kind.
A bank card that will work in the UK
An adequate supply of face coverings
Ensure that your mobile phone allows you to access UK data until you get onto wifi
Enough snacks to last until you are able to order food
Bed linen, basic crockery, UK plug adaptor.

You can buy a bedding pack from Uni Kit Out which can be delivered straight to College. Alternatively you can bring your own. (The Uni Silver kit for example contains 1 x pillow and pillow case, 1 x duvet and duvet cover, 1 x mattress protector, 1x single sheet).

If you develop coronavirus symptoms while in transit to England, tell one of the crew on your plane, boat, train, or bus. They will let staff in the airport, port or station know, so they can tell you what to do when you arrive. If you have coronavirus symptoms you will not be allowed to travel by public transport and will need to demonstrate that you have suitable accommodation for self-isolation.

When you arrive

After going to your room (whether in College or in private accommodation), you must remain in your household for the full quarantine period and must not leave except in an emergency.

Please read the UK government guidance on quarantine: this contains full information about what you are and are not permitted to do during your period of quarantine.

During quarantine

A “Quarantine” sign will be posted on your bedroom door with the dates of the quarantine period.

In the event of an emergency evacuation (e.g. fire alarm), you should aim to remain at least 2 metres distant from all other people. Wear a face mask and avoid direct hand contact with anything outside your room as far as possible.

Staff will not enter your bedroom, kitchen or bathroom unless there is an emergency. If they are required to enter, they will wear PPE.


Returning students should arrange an adequate food supply. You should not go shopping during your period of quarantine. Many shops and catering outlets offer online delivery. You can also ask someone to go shopping for you.

Online supermarket delivery:

Here are the major UK supermarkets which offer online delivery:


Aldi (via the Deliveroo app):,
Veg box delivery (many companies; google “veg box delivery Cambridge”)

Online meal delivery

There are many delivery apps for meals, covering all budgets and types of food. Two common ones in Cambridge are: |

Online food deliveries from external companies will not come directly to your household but rather to the Porters’ Lodge. You may collect this yourself with the appropriate face covering.

If you have to collect a food delivery while in quarantine, you must follow this procedure:

Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before leaving your household
Put on a mask
Do not enter any College building on the way – use outside routes
Return to your room as soon as you have collected your delivery
Do not stop to talk to anyone
Take the stairs rather than using a lift, if you are able to do so safely

If you need to use a shared kitchen while in quarantine

Wait until the kitchen is empty – do not use it while another person is in there.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds before entering the kitchen.
Wear a face covering while you are in the kitchen.
Wipe down all surfaces after use.
Take your food back to your bedroom to eat.

Housekeeping while you are in quarantine

Laundry: It will not be possible to visit the college laundry during your time in quarantine.  All items must remain in your room until your quarantine has ended.

Housekeeping and waste: you will be responsible for cleaning your own bedroom, bathroom and toilet. General rubbish should be double bagged and remain in your room until the period of quarantine is over. After this point you can take it to the bins.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while in quarantine please call the Porters’ Lodge on 01223 332190.

When your period of quarantine ends

Please email and notify them that you have finished your quarantine. They will check this against the quarantine register and will log that your quarantine is now ended.

Households (once quarantine is over)

If you live in a single bedroom within College you are in a “shared household”. Your shared household is yourself plus the people you share a kitchen with; also a bathroom if your room is not en-suite.

Within your household, you are allowed to socialise with each other without the need to observe social distancing. If one person within your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, the whole household is required to self-isolate.

The UK Government permits single-adult households to form a “support bubble” with one other household. However, if you live in a shared household within College, it is NOT permitted for someone to form a support bubble with you.

Unfortunately, guests are not permitted in College currently.

if you need to book a room in college, please use the forms below:

For staff: 

For students:

University Counselling ServiceOur Lucy Cavendish webpage has been amended to reflect the changes in service delivery.

Check here for College-Based Counselling updated info.

From 18 January

Nautilus 8.30- 11.45 pm (Monday to Friday), service is takeaway or single-person study tables only.

Lunch in Hall noon to 1.30pm (Monday to Friday)

Brunch 11am - 1pm (Saturday)

There will be no supper service until further notice. However you can purchase more than one meal to take away or eat later, or request that it be left at the Porters Lodge. Please email if you would like this service. Requests must be received before 12 noon for same-day service, and your meal will be available from the Porters Lodge from around 2pm.

Mon: 9am-5pm

Tues: 9am-7pm

Weds: 9am-5pm

Thurs: 9am-5pm

Fri: 9am-7pm

Sat: 9am-1pm

Sun: 1pm-5pm