Self-isolating in Private Accommodation


If you need to self-isolate in private accommodation then you will need to consider how you will manage your isolation. We have provided government advice and information on topics such as having food delivered to your home below.

Before accepting any private accommodation please consider how you will manage and the steps your private landlord is taking to support and protect you.  We would strongly recommend you self-isolate with us on the Jordanstown campus for your health, safety and well-being. Full details of our self isolation packages can be found here

  • 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:

    • Arrange your accommodation. You must arrange your accommodation, at least for the first 14 days, before you leave for the UK.  This information is required on your Passenger Locator Form which must be presented at the UK Border. You may print off a copy or show this on your phone.
    • Complete the passenger locator form and print off a copy or have this saved on your phone  or inspection at the UK border.
    • Read our pre arrival checklist for lots of tips and advice
    • Pay your fees in full or set up a payment plan
    • Complete online enrolment so you can access your course materials and induction

    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
    • Bring UK electrical adapators so you can use any electrical items you have including your laptop
    • A credit or debit card that works in the UK. (let your bank know you will be using this in the UK)
  • Government guidelines

    Northern Ireland Executive advice on self-isolation

    The Northern Ireland Executive state that if you are required to self-isolate you should do this in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the passenger locator form. Further advice and guidance can be found on the NI Direct website

    This can include:

    • staying with friends or family
    • a hotel or other temporary accommodation
  • Online grocery shopping

    Groceries - ordering online for delivery

    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.

    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

    Choose a supermarket

    There are various supermarkets in Northern Ireland (listed below) who provide similar types of products. However, not all supermarkets may deliver to your address so please 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.

    Which supermarkets are best for online shopping?

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

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    Cheapest online supermarket guide 2020 (Save The Student site)

  • Ordering from a restaurant

    Meals - ordering online for delivery

    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 from 7  to 21 September. 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 and Welcome Week 14 - 18 September 

    Online orientation module for new students

    For any new student arriving at Ulster in September 2020, we have created an orientation course to help you familiarise yourself with everything you need to know about life at Ulster! Completion of this course is mandatory as it contains important information on living and studying at Ulster and as well as in the UK.

    Content  

    Each day we have presentations and activities to prepare you as much as possible for your time at Ulster University. Sessions are clearly labelled to make navigating the course as clear as possible and there are also resources and further information for each section, which allow you to quickly find links to topics mentioned in the presentations.

    The orientation and welcome programme is delivered daily with dates, times and events clearly listed along with links so you can log in to these as they happen.

    When will the course be available?

    The course will be available to view on Open Blackboard from Monday 3 September 2020.

    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. Our Student Wellbeing team can 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

    Our Residential Services Team provide help and 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.

    Our 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!

    Our International Student societies are really looking forward to meet you and will kick off with events and activities from the 7 September.  Full details and how to join will be available in out Orientation programme so look out for that!  Make sure you sign up for the Bucket list brunch, virtual tour of Belfast and The wonders of Gaelic!

  • Self transfer to your accommodation

    If you have not booked one of our self isolation packages and are making your own way to campus you will find lots of information and advice on how to do this here 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 via our  online store