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We understand that there is uncertainty and anxiety among applicants at present due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Recognising this uncertainty, we have been working to offer you as much stability as we can in the lead up to your arrival at St George’s.

Despite the challenges, we are planning for the enrolment process and all our degree programmes starting in autumn to begin on time. You can view our 2021/22 term dates here.

We also offer guaranteed space in our Halls of Residence accommodation for all our first-year international students.

We have been considering the ways in which we can assist incoming international students in travelling to St George’s during these turbulent times.

Update on the support on offer to you when arrive are set out in the sections below.

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Arriving in the UK

The UK Government has introduced a red, amber, and green list travel policy with specific rules for entering the UK, you can read the full government policy here.

The list of countries is being continually reviewed, so please continue to check the website for updates.

We will ensure you receive the support you need, regardless of which country you are travelling from.

If you are arriving from a country on the red list

Currently, those arriving from a red list country are required to book a quarantine hotel package which includes transport to and from a government approved hotel, the 10-day hotel stay with meals and PCR Covid tests.

To support students with this we will reimburse the cost of the quarantine hotel package (at the current level of £1,750). Payment will be made in December.*

If you need this support, let us know before you travel by contacting our international advising team at student.immigration@sgul.ac.uk who will be happy to assist you.

Read the latest red list guidance here.

If you are coming from a country on the amber list

Currently, those arriving from an amber list country are required to self-isolate for 10 days but may have the duration reduced by receiving a negative Covid-19 test mid-isolation.

If you are staying in our Halls of Residence (Horton Halls), to support you with meeting the requirements, we will allow you to self-isolate in our Halls at no cost to you, 2 weeks before your course begins.

In addition, we can provide a basic food parcel and any essentials you might need when you first arrive free of charge. Our accommodation is Covid safe and compliant with government guidelines.

To receive this support, you need to tell us when you make your accommodation application. Applications are now open, so you can apply for accommodation here.

You can also contact our accommodation team about this at accommodation@sgul.ac.uk.

Read the latest amber list guidance here.

If you are coming from a country on the green list

If you are arriving from a green list country and you test positive for coronavirus after arriving, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.

As per those arriving from amber list countries, if you are staying in our Halls of Residence (Horton Halls), we will provide you with free accommodation for the quarantine period, 2 weeks before your course.

We can also provide you with a basic meal package and any other essentials free of charge when you first arrive, if you require this.

You can contact the accommodation team about securing a room at accommodation@sgul.ac.uk.

Read the latest green list guidance here.

Social and welfare support

Our international advising team will ensure that you receive the relevant support to help you arrive safely and settle in.

You will also be invited to weekly virtual catch-ups with the other international students. Please join our International Facebook group and follow our International Student Society (ISS) Committee Instgram page so you can keep in touch with other students.

The international advising team will send you our pre-arrival guide in the lead-up to your journey to the UK. This guide will provide more in-depth information on the support that they can offer you to help you during your journey and arrival.  

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a GP (general practitioner) will be able to access the Covid 19 vaccination in the UK, just as they are currently able to access healthcare.

 *Note: This package of support is available to all international students arriving to the UK from overseas to study full-time on a taught undergraduate or postgraduate programme commencing at St George’s, University of London, for the autumn term of 2021.

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