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During self-isolation

You may have to self-isolate because you have had a positive LFT and are waiting for the confirmatory PCR result, because you have had a positive PCR result or because you are a close (same household), unvaccinated or singly vaccinated, contact of someone else who has tested positive. A “self-isolating” sign is contained within the “self-isolation” packs you can obtain from the porters’ lodge. You should post this on your bedroom door with the dates of the self-isolation period.

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

Staff that are required to enter rooms in your accommodation for any reason will wear PPE.

Support: As well as notifying the Porters Lodge, please reach out to your tutor who will check to see if you need help getting food or access to medications etc. It’s possible for us to provide things like skipping ropes etc to ensure you have exercise if needed, books etc can be delivered to the porters lodge by the library and porters drop them off along with mail once a day:,


Students should arrange an adequate food supply. You will be asked about this when you are notified that you have to self-isolate by the College. You should not go shopping during your period of self-isolation. Many shops and catering outlets offer online delivery. You can also ask someone to go shopping for you.

The Domestic bursary can provide welcome isolation packs if booked in advance. For more information please email

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. If you are self-isolating because you are a contact you may collect this yourself with the appropriate face covering. If you are positive for Covid-19 please talk to your tutor or the porters about getting this delivered BEFORE you place the order.

If you have to collect a food delivery from outside a building or household while in self-isolation, 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 self-isolation

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 self-isolation

Laundry: It will not be possible to visit the college laundry during your time in self-isolation.  All items must remain in your room until your self-isolation 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 self-isolation is over. After this point you can take it to the bins. Should rubbish get too much or smell unpleasant, you can email housekeeping to arrange a way to get it removed:

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

When your period of self-isolation ends

Doubly vaccinated close contacts of positive cases do not have to self-isolate but should be LFT testing daily for 7 days. If they test positive during that time they should self-isolate, get a confirmatory PCR test ( and self-isolate for 10 (or 7 - see below) days from the day they turned positive. If you are not vaccinated or singly vaccinated you will have had to self-isolate for 10 full days from the point your contact turned positive.

Regardless of vaccination status, people self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 January. Individuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days. Read more below.

Self-isolation for those with Covid-19

Approved Covid-19 vaccines and countries with approved proof of vaccination

People who are not fully vaccinated and are self isolating as a result of being a close contact of someone who tested positive still need to self isolate for the full 10 days.


On completing self-isolation, please email and notify them that you have done so. They will check this against the Covid-19 spreadsheet and note that your self-isolation is now ended.


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, subject to the exemptions above.

Visit the StaySafeCambridgeUni website

Read Government guidance on self-isolation

Virtual entertainment and activities

  • Well-being board by our Student Welfare officer Maria. Please enjoy exploring and adding to these ideas.

  • Headspace (also has a free app) guides you through a 5 minute meditation here: see if you can set aside a short break each day for yourself to pause & let go of everything. Try this meditation to reconnect with awareness and to feel present.