Information for students

Page last updated 19/11/2020

Testing and isolation

We can all protect ourselves and others by following government advice around social distancing, shielding of extremely vulnerable people, self-isolating and testing and tracing if we display any symptoms, no matter how mild.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you need to book a coronavirus test you can apply online or call 119.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

Testing and isolation FAQs

We are following Government guidance and advising all students who have coronavirus symptoms to be tested as soon as possible and not to come onto campus until they have had a confirmed negative test result. The closest testing site to Leeds Beckett's campuses is the walk-through testing site at the Gryphon Sports Centre on the University of Leeds campus (Woodsley Road, LS2 9LZ) which is open seven days a week from 08:00 until 20:00. Public Health England is also placing a mobile testing unit on the pay and display car park at Headingley Campus from 1 December. Full details about testing sites and other options such as postal testing kits are available on the NHS website.

When students move into accommodation, they form a household with the others in their flat. If a flatmate tests positive or has the symptoms for coronavirus, all flatmates would then need to isolate in line with government guidance.

They will also need to self-isolate if told to by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app.

If students have symptoms of coronavirus, they must follow government guidance for testing and tracing and self-isolation.

They should contact the university to make us aware if they are self-isolating. They will need to contact the Student Advice Hub via:

Arrangements with the Accommodation Team will be made to provide necessary pastoral and practical support and the site team will be informed.

Although it might not be possible for students to entirely separate themselves from family members or flatmates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible. They should follow the NHS guidance around reducing the spread of infection in their household.

Site staff will help facilitate the delivery of supplies to your block/flat door.

  • As soon as possible organise an online food delivery from supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s. It can take several days to get a supermarket delivery, so start early
  • You can order fresh food through apps and websites such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat
  • Ask a friend who is not self-isolating if they can deliver food and essential items to you
  • You also have the option to order food packages through the university and can make an order online. For more information see our menus. Please note that orders can only be processed in working hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm), so please keep this in mind
  • Morrisons offer a Food Boxes service, you can order and pay online for cupboard essentials to be delivered next day
  • Co-op has a deal for food delivery to halls within two hours for 99p with TOTUM student discount
  • If you need food fast, Sainsbury’s Chop Chop service offers small deliveries in just 60 minutes for a £4.99 delivery fee

If you are struggling to get an online food delivery please get in touch with our Residence Life team at reslife@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

We provide all our students with advice and guidance on social distancing within their residence, and details of our expectations on this are included in the accommodation agreement. Our Residence Life team provide online, telephone and face-to-face support.

We understand that this situation is unsettling. Our Student Wellbeing Team continue to provide telephone support and counselling and can also direct students to a range of self-help resources. Please visit our Student Wellbeing pages to find out more.

Our university offers an online counselling service via Kooth Student which is accessible during afternoons, evenings and weekends. Students can sign up to the platform with Kooth Student directly.

In addition, our chaplains can provide a confidential ‘listening ear’ to students and colleagues of all faiths and none.

During the pandemic it is important that you look after your mental wellbeing, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Visit our dedicated advice pages on self-isolation for a range of activities and advice which will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.