Self-isolating in Private Accommodation

Here are some steps to take if you need to self-isolate in private accommodation when you arrive to study at Ulster University.


During the coronavirus pandemic, we strongly recommend you self-isolate with us on the Jordanstown campus so we can support you and keep you safe. Read more about our self isolation packages.

If you are considering renting private accommodation, you should find out how your private landlord will support and protect you.

Steps you can take

Stay safe during the pandemic by following some of our guidelines:

  • Before leaving home

    If you are required to self-isolate, you should think carefully about the arrangements you need to make and what you need to bring with you.

    Make sure you:

    Please bring:

    • any essential medicine with you as you will not be able to go out to get this.
    • a laptop/tablet so you can access all the online events/activities and classes during your period of self-isolation
    • UK electrical adaptors so you can use any electrical items you have including your laptop
    • a credit or debit card that works in the UK. You must notify your bank you will be using your card in the UK.
  • Government guidelines

    The Northern Ireland Executive government state that if you are required to self-isolate you should do this in one place for the full 10  days where you will can have food and other essential items delivered. You must stay away from others.

    This can include:

    • staying with friends or family
    • a hotel or temporary accommodation

    You must self-isolate at the address you provided on your passenger locator form.

    Further advice and guidance is available o the nidirect government website

  • Online grocery shopping

    Many supermarkets in Northern Ireland allow you to order groceries online for delivery to your home. You will need to create an account on the supermarket's website before you can order your groceries.

    Not all supermarkets may deliver to your address so you should  check your postcode in the delivery slot area before filling your online basket. You may wish to compare prices and food options for each supermarket before you decide which supermarket to order from. Online shopping is availalbe from:

    Once you have created your account, you will need to do the following:

    • choose your delivery time slot (for when your delivery will arrive at your home)
    • choose your items (and place them in your virtual shopping basket)
    • proceed to the online checkout
    • pay online with a credit or debit card
    • be at home when your delivery is due to arrive

    Find out which supermarkets offer the best online service and which offer the best value for money.

  • Ordering from a restaurant

    You can order meals from local restaurants to be delivered to your door through services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo. You will need to create an account on the service's website or app before you can order your meal.

    Once you have created your account, you will need to do the following:

    • enter your postcode into the service's website or app
    • select your meal from the options available
    • pay online with a credit or debit card
    • be at home when your delivery is due to arrive

    Contact free delivery

    When your delivery rider arrives at your door, they will either ring your doorbell or call your phone to ask you to collect the order.

    You can ask for your delivery to be contact-free, which means your delivery rider will place your order near your front door, then wait two metres away for you to collect it.

  • What if I fall ill during self-isolation?

    If you fall ill during your period of self-isolation and are not registered with a GP, please call 111 and ask their advice. Otherwise please call your GP and explain your situation and they will advise you what to do next.

  • Social activities during isolation 

    As well as events organised by the ISE team, staff in Residential Services, Student Wellbeing, Sports and the International Student Societies will be running events and activities throughout the self isolation and welcome period.

    You can take part in activities such as virtual exercise classes, live cookery demonstrations, meditation and mindfulness as well as a bucket list brunch!

    You will have the opportunity to meet staff and fellow students online and to make connections and friendships before the semester begins!

  • Online Orientation 18 - 22 January 2021

    We offer an orientation course of presentations, activities for new students to help you familiarise yourself with everything you need to know about life at Ulster.

    • You must attend this course as it offers important information on living and studying at Ulster and as well as in the UK.
    • The orientation programme is delivered daily with dates, times and events clearly listed along with links so you can log in to these as they happen.
    • The course will be available to view on Open Blackboard from Monday 4 January 2021.
    • You will be sent a link and password by email in order to join so look out for that.
    • For questions and support, please contact ise@ulster.ac.uk
  • Additional support

    As well as your dedicated International Student Experience team member you will be supported by colleagues throughout the University.

    • Student Wellbeing team - offer one to one support on issues such as health and wellbeing, disability advice and budgeting skills as well as access to 24 counselling support
    • Residential Services Team -  offers support day and night to help you feel safe and secure and to help you settle in well to the Ulster community.  As well as a dedicated Residential Assistant the team are available to answer any questions you may have and assist with any issues you may come across in your accommodation.
    • World class sports facilities - are available in Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses offering a range of classes, equipment and clubs to suit all tastes and abilities. Some of these classes will be taking place virtually so you can join in with a group of friends while you complete your self-isolation!
    • International Student societies - are really looking forward to meet you and have lots of events and activities planned. Full details on how to join will be available in out Orientation programme so look out for that!  Make sure you sign up for the events early to book your place.
  • Self transfer to your accommodation

    If you have not booked one of our self isolation packages and are making your own way to campus. Get information and advice on how to get to campus

    Alternatively, if you would like some help booking a taxi on arrival at either Belfast City or Belfast International airport to campus, we can assist you with that. Please book and pay for this service on the online store