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Halls Living

Working together to reduce the spread of Covid-19

By QMResLife 07 Dec 2021

In line with UK Government Guidelines, we have made some changes to our Halls Policies for 2021-22. We all need to remember however, that we are still living with Covid-19 and that we need to continue to work sensibly together to keep everyone safe.

All our policies are subject to change if the UK Government guidelines change or if we experience an increased number of positive cases in halls.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the policies put in place, then do not hesitate to contact us at:

Definition of households in Queen Mary Halls

In Queen Mary Halls, your household is generally your flat unless you live in Dawson Hall or Floyer House where groups of flats who share the same facilities are defined as a household. Whilst we follow the advice in the UK Government Guidelines for Covid-19, some of our policies may be enhanced to ensure we keep everyone safe.

Guests in halls

You are permitted to invite a guest into your room, flat and communal areas of halls - however, they must always be accompanied in these areas by yourself.

From the 21st February 22 a guest will be allowed to stay overnight for 2 nights a week, up to a maximum of 6 nights in any one month.

No guest will be permitted in households where there is a positive Covid-19 case, or if the household is self-isolating.

Large gatherings are to be discouraged and may be dispersed by Queen Mary Security. Please be aware that Queen Mary Security are working with us and may ask you or your guest to present your Student ID Card to confirm your identity. You are required to show your ID card if this is requested by any member of staff at Queen Mary.


Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer required anywhere on our campuses. Of course, if you wish to still wear one you are very welcome to do so.

Getting vaccinated

There is a vaccination centre on our Mile End campus in the Temporary Building in Geography Square. You can book an appointment and receive the vaccination.

We also offer booster jabs to anyone who is eligible, the criteria for which can be found here.

Residents who are travelling to England from overseas

All arriving residents must check the UK Government’s current Travel information -

From the 18th March 2022, the UK Government has announced that all current travel rules for arrival in the UK will be removed. This means you will no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form and if you are unvaccinated a test before, and upon arrival. Further information is available on the UK Government website.


What to do if you feel unwell or receive a positive Covid-19 test result

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, contact Residences Reception immediately for advice at: or by calling: 020 7882 6470. Residences Reception is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You should also notify the University by emailing:

From Thursday 24th February, there is no longer a legal requirement for you to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test.

Despite this announcement, we ask you to continue to do the following should you receive a positive Covid-19 test result to minimise any risk to the Queen Mary community:

  1. To inform Residences Reception when you receive a positive test result via
  2. To stay in your flat and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and after that period, until you have tested negative on two consecutive days

From Friday 15th April, Queen Mary will be ending the option for food provision to be available for those in halls who test positive.

We encourage you to buddy up with a fellow member of your flat who can support you with buying food and other necessities if you test positive and also to always have at least 5 days of food and items available to support you if you test positive.

All support and guidance relating to Covid-19 at Queen Mary can be found on the website below:

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