Frequently asked questions

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we understand you require reassurance, support, and answers to your questions about coming to study at Loughborough University. See our frequently asked questions below for more information.

Self-isolation

What do I need to do if I have been ‘fully vaccinated’?

All testing requirements have been removed for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals, with only a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) now required to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

You will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England or after you arrive and you will not need to quarantine. You can check if you qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ here.

However as with all students arriving back onto campus, you will be required to book an asymptomatic lateral flow test at the Asymptomatic testing centre on arrival. These can also be booked here.

What do I need to do if I do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’?

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, you will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England.

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test which has to be booked before travel. You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2. The day you arrive is day 0. You will not need to quarantine, unless the result of the PCR test is positive. your test result. Most PCR test results are received within 48 hours.

A discounted Randox test can be requested here. You will be sent booking instructions which will include the discount code. The PCR test can be purchased using this discount or via the UK Government’s Approved portal. The Randox test kit would be delivered to the address specified and can be posted back via a priority postbox.

You will also be required to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

Will the University reimburse the cost of quarantining in a Government-approved hotel if I am travelling from a Red List country?

There is no longer a requirement for any arrivals into the UK to complete a period of quarantine in a Government-approved hotel.

Loughborough University reimbursed the full cost of one quarantine period per student in the 2021-22 year (for those with either a October 2021 or January 2022 start date) to the value of £2,285, for new undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students who travelled from their permanent residence in red list countries.

Please note the deadline has passed for reimbursement claims for this period and the scheme has now closed.

Before you travel

How is Loughborough University London supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are supporting our students in every possible way, as outlined in our  We also continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

What will the student experience be like at Loughborough University London next year?

Loughborough University has put together an overview of what students might expect upon your arrival next academic year.

Can the University support me to obtain my Tier 4 student visa?

The Student Advice and Support Service has online information to help you apply for a tier 4 visa both in the UK and from your home. Our advisers also offer support by email and if necessary appointments can be requested online or by phone.

Where can I find advice on travelling to Loughborough University London?

If you would like advice on the best route to your accommodation or the campus, we can provide a free personalised travel itinerary, with information on the fastest and most efficient transport method to use, and where to purchase tickets. To request a free travel itinerary, please email london-enquiries@lboro.ac.uk and allow 7-10 days for a response.

Do I have to take a COVID-19 test before I travel to the UK?

You will only need to take a COVID-19 test before travel if you do not qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’. The test is to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England and proof of a negative test is required on arrival.

When you arrive

What is the Passenger Locator Form?

The British government requires all arrivals, regardless of nationality or the country of origin, to complete a passenger locator form before travelling to the UK, listing the address of the nominated place of self-isolation. Individuals must bring a copy of the this form with them (either printed or electronic).

How do I get to the Loughborough London campus on arrival to the UK?

Our Loughborough London campus is easily accessible with lots of transport links located nearby.  The UK government provides guidance on how to travel to the place where you are self-isolating and Loughborough University London also offer a free personalised travel itinerary service to help plan your journey.

How can I register with a doctor/GP in London if I have to self-isolate?

Each practice will have different arrangements and our Student Support team will be able to offer advice. Some local GP surgeries will allow new students to register online if you are required to self-isolate, including Liberty Bridge GP surgery. For urgent treatment, please contact NHS 111 online

When should I conduct my Police registration if I have to self-isolate?

The Metropolitan Police registration process starts online and in-person consultations can be arranged for after you have completed your period of self-isolation.

When should I collect by Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if I have to self-isolate?

Students will not be penalised for being unable to collect their BRP within 10 days if they are required to self-isolate. We ask that you collect your BRP as soon as you can when the self-isolation period has ended.

What if I develop symptoms of Covid-19 during self-isolation?

If you become symptomatic during your isolation period, you must inform the University and contact the NHS 111 online.

What if I need to seek medical help not relating to Covid-19 during self-isolation?

We would recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you are self-isolating. For urgent treatment, please contact NHS 111 online.

Will I have to complete a COVID 19 test during Registration week?

Yes – You will be asked to complete 2 supervised tests. One on Monday 27 or Tuesday 28 September and one on Friday 1st of October. These tests will be rapid antigen (Lateral flow) test and will be registered with the University and the NHS. If you test positive you will be asked to return to your accommodation to self-isolate and will be asked to obtain a confirmatory PCR test via NHS TEST AND TRACE (Full instructions will be given).

Will I have to test regularly throughout the term?

Yes - you will be asked to undertake a rapid antigen (Lateral flow) test twice a week using home test kits. These will be issued from the University but are NHS TEST AND TRACE kits. One kit will allow you to 3 weeks. We advise that you take a test on Sunday evening or Monday morning and again on a Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Positive results should be reported to both the NHS and the University. Full instructions will be given when the kits are first issued. Again Positive test results should be confirmed by a PCR test that is booked via NHS TEST AND TRACE.

Where can I find more information about my arrival at Loughborough University London?

Information and advice relating to your first few weeks at our London campus can be found here.