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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. You can read the Goverment roadmoap out of lockdown here.

COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education Institutions

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

Returning students 

Despite our hope that the UK government might indicate how the easing of restrictions on 12 April would apply to universities, no further details have been made available about the return of students for in-person learning and teaching.

It now appears unlikely that guidance concerning in-person teaching at universities will change before Monday 17 May, at the earliest. In light of this, the University’s policy on 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. 

While we continue to believe that for many students studying at Cambridge will be the best and preferred option, we recognise that others (for example, international students and those with increased susceptibility to infectious diseases) may wish to remain elsewhere. We will continue to support them and ensure they can complete their studies remotely if they so choose. 

Guidance for students returning from within the UK

ONLY those returning from an area where there is currently surge testing have to be tested before they return, there is no requirement for testing for anyone from elsewhere in the country.

For the full recent guidance on travel click here

Research students and staff 

Current government advice remains that staff, including Research students, should continue working from home where that is possible. Decisions on returning to the workplace will be made by individual institutions or Colleges to meet particular needs, in line with COVID-secure guidance. 

Further advice 

The government has promised to issue additional advice “at the end of the Easter holidays”, and we will continue to update you as soon as more information is available.

As ever, if you have any questions relating to your own circumstances, please contact the College for guidance.

Students are facing considerable anxiety and uncertainty, 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.

Student testing 

Where community facilities are available to them, returning students are advised to get tested for COVID-19 before they travel to Cambridge. They should then also get tested as soon as possible after they have returned, in advance of the start of Full Easter term.  

In practice, returning students are strongly encouraged to plan their travel so that they can participate in the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme on the normal swab day for their College, up to and including the week beginning Monday 19 April. 

Further information about the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme and ‘Return to Cambridge’ tests is available on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni website. Please note that specific testing arrangements apply for international students returning to the UK.

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme will continue to operate as normal until the end of Easter term, with the last days of pooled screening on Monday-Wednesday 28-30 June. You should plan your departure from Cambridge as soon as possible after your last pooled screening test, and at least within 1 week.

We encourage you to take a look at the University COVID-19 testing arrangements pages, which have been extensively updated to include details on:

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.

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). 

Arrangements for end-of-term testing 

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme will continue to operate as normal until the end of Easter term, with the last days of pooled screening on Monday-Wednesday 28-30 June. You should plan your departure from Cambridge as soon as possible after your last pooled screening test, and at least within 1 week. The most appropriate travel day will therefore depend on the swab day for your College, as well as fixed commitments such as General Admissions.   

If this is not possible (for example, because you are not eligible for the screening programme, or a longer delay is unavoidable), we will also be offering a limited number of additional, individual Pre-departure’ tests. If you think you will need one of these tests, please contact your College as soon as possible to let them know. Further information about arrangements for end-of-term testing are available on our website.

Arrangements for testing over the summer vacation 

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme will NOT operate over the summer vacation. If you will be resident in Cambridge, we instead recommend that you sign up for lateral flow testing. You will then receive an email with further information about how to obtain kits, register each test and report results to both the University and the NHS. 

In the event of a positive result, you will be able to obtain a confirmatory test from your College. These confirmatory tests will be available Monday-Thursday inclusive throughout the summer vacation, together with 'Return to Cambridge' tests'Pre-departure' tests, and tests for enhanced contact tracing.  

We will also be continuing to offer testing at the University or Addenbrooke’s Hospital pods for any student or staff member with symptoms of possible COVID-19 over the summer vacation, whether or not they have participated in the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme. Further information about arrangements for testing during the summer vacation are available on our website. 

Lateral flow home testing – remember to test yourself twice-weekly! 

Students who are NOT eligible for the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme, or who will be resident in Cambridge over the summer vacation, can sign up for lateral flow home testing –  and so far, 204 of your fellow students have volunteered to take part. Please remember that, compared with PCR tests, lateral flow tests are much less sensitive. It is therefore important to take these tests TWICE every week! 

Further information 

Everything you need to know about arrangements for screening this term and over the summer vacation is online. On the page you will also find information about Return to Cambridge and Pre-departure tests, Lateral Flow Tests, Enhanced Contact Tracing, Symptomatic Testing, Private Tests Providers and FAQs.

If you have a question, and can’t find your answer on our website, please email  

Thank you for your continuing support for the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme, and for helping us keep Cambridge safe.  

Private COVID-19 test providers in Cambridge and tests for international travel

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

If you are travelling overseas or returning to the UK, there are specific lists of accredited providers specified by the UK government. See also the links below to pre-departure testing facilities at major ports of departure. For regulatory reasons, test results from the University of Cambridge testing programmes can NOT be used for these purposes.

1.1. Risk assessment 

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.

3.3.  'Pre-departure' tests – for students travelling to another household over Easter.

3.4. 'Return to Cambridge' tests – for students coming back to Cambridge.


ONLY those returning from an area where there is currently surge testing have to be tested before they return, there is no requirement for testing for anyone from elsewhere in the country.

For the full recent guidance on travel click here

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. If you will be arriving from certain countries you will need to undertake the period of self-isolation in a managed quarantine hotel which you will need to book prior to arrival. This includes where you have visited or passed through one of these countries in the 10 days prior to arrival in the UK. 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. The ‘test to release’ scheme cannot be used by those who travel from certain countries.

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 12 April

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.

From 9am on the 20 March the Library will be open 24/7.

  • Book your study seat at; you can book 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm or 5pm till late and arrive at any time during your booked slot

  • Wear a face covering unless exempt

  • Follow the one way system around the building

  • Maintain social distancing; do not move chairs or use desks or spaces that have been designated out of use

  • Sanitise your hands regularly; there are dispensers at the entrance lobby and adjacent to the lift on each floor

  • Wipe down equipment such as the printers and PCs before and after use; anti-viral wipes are available in each reading room, the Barbara Dyer room in the basement and also in the foyer

  • Leave the “Clean Me” sign prominently on your desk as you leave; if you wish to wipe down your desk when you arrive as an extra precaution, please feel free to do so

  • Place any used books or other materials on the designated trolley/space in each reading room or place them in the book returns box in the foyer

The College’s visitors and gatherings policy applies, so no visitors are allowed in the Library and gatherings are strictly forbidden.

Be aware too that the Porters include the Library on their spot checks, so it is likely you will see them at various points throughout the night.  They also have access to CCTV, so will keep an eye on things remotely too.

Finally, if there is any suggestion that the rules are being broken then we may have to return to reduced hours, so please do follow the guidelines, keep everyone safe and ensure we can stay open 24/7. 

If you have any questions about the Library then please don’t hesitate to contact the Library team.