University students will be able to travel home to spend Christmas with their families once the national restrictions end on 2 December. In order to travel home safely, students in England will be required to follow the current national restrictions in place until 2 December, completing this four-week period in their term-time accommodation.
From 2 December to 9 December, which will be known as the ‘student travel window’, students will be allowed to travel home on staggered departure dates set by universities, with all learning for the rest of the term moved online. Tests will also be offered to as many students as possible before they travel, with universities in areas of high prevalence prioritised.
Students should follow the Government’s travel guidance, which includes wearing face coverings unless exempt, avoiding busy routes and times, and limiting car sharing with only their household or bubble where possible.
We are working with the other Governments across the UK to ensure that all students, no matter where they live or study are treated fairly and can travel home as safely as possible to keep all our communities safe.
To view the full guidance published by the Government, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses.