Health and wellbeing information for self-isolating students

Being asked to self-isolate will affect everyone differently. Some people may be fine about it, while others may find it challenging.

Self-isolating even if it is just for a short while, can be tough. You may feel bored, fed-up, worried about whether you might feel unwell, thinking about how you are going to organise your meals and some people may feel isolated.

But you’re not alone – we’re here to help. It's important to remember that it's okay to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass.

Here are some suggestions we hope will help. We want to provide you with information that will help and support you, So, if you think of something that really helps you and you think might help others, please email us and let us know so we can include it on this page.

COVID-19: the essentials

How long do I need to self-isolate?

  • If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the first day of symptoms
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days

Not feeling very well?

  • There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but you can often ease the symptoms until you recover
  • Information about how to treat symptoms of coronavirus can be found here

More information can be found here


Stay Connected

Ways to stay in touch include:

  • Phone calls
  • Video chats
  • Arrange a movie night with others in your accommodation or on your course etc
  • Group texting (Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger etc)
  • Send an email



Stay connected with friends and family  

Keep on top of your studies

Connect with your studies: lots of information and resources to support you.



Develop a routine

When you are restricted to one place the time can drag. But if you structure your day it can really help. Time may not fly by, but it will go more quickly. So plan time around your coursework, and include breaks, video calls with friends and family. Here are some examples of weekly planners, or better still, make your own:

What can also help with establishing a routine is to alter your room between work day space and relaxation evening/weekend space. If possible you could try moving your work out of sight or cover your desk with a throw when not working and put it on your bed during the day.



Sleep is a hugely important part of your routine. It may feel difficult to get 6-8 hours per night. Even if you cannot sleep, give your body a chance to rest. Try to avoid going on your mobile phone or electronic screen at least an hour before bedtime as it can interfere with sleep. More information here and here You can also download the Mental Health Foundation: How to sleep better guide.


Keeping active

If you’re feeling enclosed, try to get as much fresh air as possible. Try to an open a window. Looking up at the sky can help to give you a sense of space.

Other ways to stay connected and entertained


Wellbeing resources: Looking after your mental health

Worried about an eating disorder The pandemic is affecting many people's mental health in ways we might not have anticipated. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or are concerned you may be developing signs of an eating disorder, it’s important to get help and support.


Where can I access help and support?

If you need help and support and are unsure where to go the Support and Wellbeing Service can help. Support and wellbeing officers work alongside personal tutors, supervisors, and other University support services.

 You can book a consultation with a support and wellbeing officer here.  Appointments are available 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Live Chat is also available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. 


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