Returning to off-campus accommodation


The autumn semester will commence on Monday 21 September and we are looking forward to welcoming you back, although things might look and feel a bit different to normal.

On these pages, you’ll find information about moving in to your off-campus accommodation, conduct in the community and how to keep yourselves and your neighbours safe and protected.

Moving in

The health and safety of our students, staff and the wider community is our primary concern and in order to keep everyone safe and secure, we’re following all of the latest guidance to help shape our plans.

There are a few simple steps you can take when moving into your accommodation to help everyone with social distancing measures and to maintain a positive relationship with your community:

  • Contact your landlord, managing agent or private hall provider beforehand to find out what your key collection process is
  • Do not move into your accommodation until necessary - the closer to the start of term, the better
  • If you live in a shared house, talk to your housemates before travelling to ensure you each arrive on a staggered date and time
  • Where possible you should attend your accommodation with the minimum assistance and transport required (eg one other adult in one car)
  • Show respect and awareness for your neighbours and local community when you are moving in and out
  • If possible, arrive with some basic food, drink and essential supplies to relieve the pressure on local shops

Community conduct

Living off campus in a mixed community brings about certain roles and responsibilities that are very different to living in halls of residence.

Although we have a large student population in Nottingham, university students make up only about 12.5% of Nottingham's total population, and in outlying areas it's even less. It's important to remember that you are part of a diverse community and your neighbours may have different lifestyles and are unlikely to welcome loud noise or parties. This is especially important to remember if you have vulnerable people around you, like kids going back to school, elderly people and those working from home.

Check out our dedicated Living in the Community webpages to see how you can be a friendly, community-minded student and find out more about making the most of your time in Nottingham.

COVID-19 and community

It’s more important now than ever to be mindful and respectful to people around us. When you are out and about in the community, please remember that your actions reflect on the University and its reputation.

We ask that you adhere to social distancing practices when in or around public places in Nottingham, making sure you’re keeping enough space between people when in shops, bars, parks and public transport.

Don’t forget to wear a mask or face covering when using public transport or entering a shop and keep washing your hands thoroughly. 

You should also follow the latest Government advice on socialising and mixing households.

House parties

Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford, Beeston and Kegworth are all popular areas for students to live but these are mixed communities with a significant number of long-term residents.

As well as noise disturbance, large gatherings of people bring a greater risk for COVID-19 to spread. It’s important to maintain social distancing at all times to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The University will take reports of any house parties very seriously. We do not recommend holding, hosting or attending house parties as they are likely to negatively impact neighbours and the wider community.

Keep up-to-date with the latest Government advice about meeting people from outside of your household.

Student Misconduct

Any reports that the University receives about off-campus antisocial behaviour or breaking of COVID-19 regulations will be investigated. Students found breaking the misconduct guidelines as outlined in the Code of Discipline for Students may be subject to fines up to £1,500, suspension or exclusion.

Community Protection

For a number of years the University has supported Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police to deliver an enhanced Community Protection service in Lenton, Dunkirk, Radford and the City Centre. Again this year, Community Protection Officers (CPOs) will be working later, longer and more often to challenge anti-social behaviour utilising specific legislation to enforce this, including on the spot fines.

Typically, CPOs will challenge street drinking, noisy and nuisance behaviour and environmental crime. The enhanced CPO service will be tasked with ensuring the safety and welfare of all residents in the community. If you experience any community issues, you can contact community protection, via Nottinghamshire Police, by telephoning 101.

CPOs will report to the University any student related issues they encounter. The University may then take follow-up action as part of the Code of Discipline for Students.

For Beeston, Kegworth, Sutton Bonington and areas covered by a different local authority alternative services are responsible for dealing with community issues.

Get involved with your community

There are several ways for you to get involved with your community in and around Nottingham to help you make the most of your time at university. You can make a positive impact in the new COVID-19 world and help support those that need the most help.

As well as one-off opportunities to volunteer to help with the pandemic, we have a number of other volunteering options throughout the city.

More than 3,800 volunteers got involved in a wide range of activities last year -  Find something for you at our Get involved pages.

COVID-19 Community Pledge

We are committed to keeping you safe on and off campus. An important part of this is ensuring you have the information you need to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of others by following our social distancing guidance.

We’re asking everyone at the University to commit to a pledge that says you will behave appropriately at all times and uphold the values of our institution – Inclusivity, Ambition, Openness, Fairness and Respect.


Additional Information

You can find a list of additional resources below that could help with your return to Nottingham:


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