Covid-19 information for international students - September 2021 intake

Arrival at Campus FAQs

(Welcome, Orientation, Airport Pick-up, Food, Accommodation and Local Travel)

Will I need to Self-Isolate on Arrival?

Click here for further information on self-isolation.

The aim of the self-isolation policy is to keep the transmission rate in the UK as low as possible by helping prevent the re-introduction of the virus through travellers arriving from overseas.

The University has put in place a number of services to support you to ensure that you are safe and well looked after during your period of self-isolation. Please read the following information carefully.

Please read this document: How to self-isolate when you arrive in Wales

What do I need to do before I travel?

  1. Inform Bangor University of your arrival date and arrival time by emailing: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk .
  2. Inform your accommodation provider in the UK of your arrival date and arrival time.
  3. If you have not yet secured accommodation, ensure that you have temporary accommodation booked for your self-isolation period (see the Private Accommodation section below)
  4. Plan how you will travel from the airport to your accommodation. 
  5. Currently anybody arriving in the UK from overseas including International students must complete a passenger locator form online. You will need to provide details of your journey, your contact details and the address in the UK where you will be self-isolating. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK. 
  6. Before travelling to England, Scotland, or Wales from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. Click here for further guidance.
  7. Read the UK Government guidance Coronavirus (Covid-19): safer air travel for passengers for advice on how to stay safe while you travel.

What do I need to bring with me when I travel?

You will need to bring:

  • click here for further information on the passenger locator form and here for further guidance regarding having a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling
  • a face mask and hand sanitiser in your hand luggage
  • an international credit or debit card and enough cash for use at the airport in case of emergencies – using cash on arrival should be avoided if possible
  • a copy of your CAS letter.

Self-isolating in University Managed Accommodation 

If you have pre-booked a room in University managed accommodation (Halls) then you can self-isolate in the room that you have booked. As students will be expected to remain in self–isolation in their room for this 10 day period the University will provide:

  • 3 meals per day for the 10-day isolation period at no cost*
  • a starter pack* of bedding, towels, toiletries and utensils at no cost 
  • daily contact - a member of the accommodation staff will also contact you daily to check on your health and welfare and offer advice on where you can get help on any issues that arise.

* returning students with a halls contract arriving or returning after the Christmas break and who need to self-isolate will also be provided with the free food service for 2 weeks.

It’s important to inform the Halls office of your planned arrival date so that they are able to ensure that your room is ready, and all the support services are in place. Email halls@bangor.ac.uk 

If you experience the symptoms of Covid-19 during the 10 day quarantine period please alert a member of the accommodation staff who can advise you on what to do next. There is also advice on our website: https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/covid/

If you have additional questions about Self-Isolating in University Managed Accommodation please email: halls@bangor.ac.uk 

Please note that the information above only applies if you have pre-booked a room in University managed accommodation for the year (or a semester for Exchange/Study Abroad students). 

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £438 for the 10 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk

*Starter pack contents:
•    bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
•    a toiletry tack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
•    crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
•    toilet roll 2 ply x2
•    towels x 2 
•    mini kettle.

Self-isolating in Private Accommodation 

If you have booked a place in Private Accommodation check what support your accommodation provider will be able to provide during your self-isolation period. 

You should also ensure that you inform both the University and your accommodation provider of your arrival date.

The University has been liaising with private accommodation providers to enquire about what support they can offer and to ensure that they understand the requirements around self-isolation.

The International student support team will be able to offer you help, support and advice while you are self-isolating in private accommodation. internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

Because you will need somewhere safe and comfortable to self-isolate on arrival and you need to provide your address in the UK on the passenger locator formit’s essential to arrange at least temporary accommodation before your arrival in the UK.

If you have not managed to secure accommodation before your arrival in the UK the University may have some short-term accommodation available for students and may also be able to provide a food service for students booking this short-term accommodation that need to self-isolate.  However, you will be required to pay for the room, starter pack* and the food, at a cost of £438 for the 10 day period. You should book this short-term accommodation before you arrive by emailing: halls@bangor.ac.uk

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation for couples and families in University managed accommodation. If you are coming with your family please contact our Private Housing Office for advice: studenthousing@bangor.ac.uk 

Food delivery services

If you are self-isolating in private accommodation then you can order food to be delivered to your accommodation:

1)  Supermarket food deliveries 
•  Tesco
•  Asda
•  Morrisons - Call 0345 611 6111 - Select option 5 – Line open 8am – 6pm daily; next day delivery; £2 delivery charge
•    local oriental food store – www.sia2shop.co.uk – Minimum spend £24

2)  Take-away food 
•  www.deliveroo.co.uk 
•  www.Just-eat.co.uk 
 

*Starter pack contents:
•    bed pack (duvet, pillows, bed linen) size dependent on room.
•    a toiletry tack (shampoo, shower gel, soap etc)
•    crockery pack (all crockery, cutlery and glass tumbler)
•    toilet roll 2 ply x2
•    towels x 2 
•    mini kettle.

 The online orientation programme starts on Thursday, 16th September, more details to follow.

Further details will be published soon.

The nearest International Airport is Manchester. There is information on our website about How to get to Bangor

We will be running an airport pick-up service on: 

  • Wednesday, 15th September, 2021: 10am, 2pm, 5pm

 

If you book University accommodation, you will most likely be living in a shared apartment with other students, so you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and make friends. We will ensure that you are briefed on regulations for social distancing in force at the time, so you and your friends can live together safely.

Terms and conditions for student accommodation contracts are being finalised.

Details will be published soon so please keep visiting this page regularly.

General Concerns about Covid-19?

(Social, Safety, Discrimination, and Healthcare)

International students in the UK will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine, however, priority is given to healthcare workers, the elderly and individuals with health conditions, older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories, in the same way as the domestic population.

The University will inform all students of arrangements as soon as details are available. In order to get access to the vaccine and to receive healthcare in the UK, international students should register with a General Practitioner (GP/local Doctor).
 
If you are already a Bangor University student, but have not yet registered with a Doctor
Students from the EU are entitled to free medical services in the UK if you have applied for the EU Settlement scheme and been given settled or pre-settled status.

International students (including those from the EU who have to apply for a Student Visa) would have had to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa process - making this payment entitles you, also, to free medical attention.
 
However, to receive treatment or medication, you will have to register with a Doctor at a local Medical Centre/Surgery. It is very important that you have registered and we recommend the Bodnant Medical Centre, near our Ffriddoedd Campus: https://bodnantmedicalcentre.co.uk/
 
Once registered, you can check on the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, along with other medical issues.  For more information contact: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk
 
If you joined Bangor University in January 2021
New international students who have secured a student visa will have had to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of the visa process. This then entitles you to access medical healthcare in the UK - but you must register with a local doctor on arrival in Bangor.

We recommend the Bodnant Medical Centre in Bangor, which is close to our Ffriddoedd Campus - https://bodnantmedicalcentre.co.uk/ and once registered, you can seek advice on Covid-19 issues and vaccines, along with any other medical matter.  For more information, contact: internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk

During this difficult period, the International Student Support Office, Student Services and your School will provide support for your academic studies and any non-academic issues you may have. This will mainly be done online, by telephone, skype and email. Depending on the situation from September and rules for social distancing, some face-to-face support may also be available.

In addition to support for your studies from your School, we will also advise you on practical issues such as visas, financial matters, health, registration and general issues concerned with living in a new country and environment.

For further details read the international student support section here.

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