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 local rules for household mixing?
A number of restrictions have recently been relaxed in Leicester, however you still cannot:
- Meet family or friends from other households in homes or private gardens unless you are already part of a social bubble, or are shielding and therefore now able to form a social bubble
- You cannot stay overnight in another person’s home, unless you’ve formed a bubble with them
- Meet up with anyone from outside your household inside a café, bar or restaurant.
Therefore, this applies to university accommodation in the same way as any other household and households cannot be mixed under the current UK Government guidelines.
More information on local restrictions can be found on the Leicester City Council website.
What are the current rules on social activity?
In line with UK Government and Public Health England, new restrictions that came into force on Monday 14 September mean that social gatherings of more than six people will be against the law both indoors and outdoors.
The current limit does not apply to gatherings for education or work purposes when necessary, meaning university plans for teaching will not be impacted by the new law.
Students are all welcome on campus, but all social activities must comply with the latest guidance.
Students will however be able to socialise with the same household they form in their student accommodation, even if the household exceeds six people.
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.