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Accommodation

Our accommodation services have been working and will continue to work alongside UK Government guidelines, Public Health England (PHE) as well as local authorities at Leicester City Council.

Here are some of the measures we’re putting in place to ensure our accommodation complies with the latest UK Government guidelines on Covid-19, to make our accommodation a safe and welcoming place for all our students.

We’ve enhanced our cleaning measures

Our main priority is to keep all our students and staff as safe as possible. Enhanced cleaning measures have been put in place across the entire university, including all DMU-owned student accommodation.

The enhanced measures include:

  • Washrooms and communal areas cleaned by DMU staff weekly with sanitising chemical
  • Touchpoints cleaned twice daily using sanitising chemical
  • Self-cleaning pack supplied for users to use
  • Hand sanitiser points
  • Comprehensive Covid-19 training for staff including all university cleaning staff

Keeping your accommodation Covid-secure

We are all responsible for keeping our campus and accommodation Covid-secure, with every student playing a part in keeping our community safe.

There are some simple steps you can take to keep your new home and housemates as safe as possible:

  • Clean your home regularly with anti-bacterial cleaning products to minimise the risk of infection
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • If you have symptoms, stay as far away from other members of your household as you can
  • Discuss house rules early on – things are likely to run more smoothly if you have a shared agreement to Covid safety and are comfortable with each other’s behaviour
  • Communicate with each other on what works best to keep your household safe
  • Wear face coverings when needed - think of your housemates when out and about, they are now your household

You’ll be part of a new household

Once you have moved into your accommodation, you and your new flatmates will be considered as a single household under the current UK Government guidelines. You will be expected to follow the latest UK Government advice to limit the risk of infection for yourself, your flatmates and the wider DMU community.

Social distancing is not required within your accommodation unless you or a housemate is self-isolating. This means that within your household, you are not required to wear a face covering. However, in communal spaces, shared corridors, or events where you will be socially distanced and meeting other people you may be required to wear a face covering.

What are the current rules for household mixing?

In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay one metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This applies to university accommodation in the same way as any other household and households cannot be mixed under the current UK Government guidelines.

What are the current rules on social activity?

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:

  • the people you live with
  • your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, one person from another household. Children under five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside

There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.

Outdoor public places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

We will be looking out for you 24 hours a day

Our on-campus security team are on site 24 hours a day so you can relax knowing that help is always available.

There are plenty of staff to deal with any situation that arises in terms of security and support including emergency welfare support.

Students can ring security day or night by calling 0116 2577642.