Skip to main content

Covid-19

Advice for Students

The below information provides the most up-to-date guidance, rules and supporting documentation for Girton College Students.


covid recovery poster

Vaccination Advice

Further information about what is available to you, can be found below.

As we move into stage 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap, it is timely to emphasise the importance of vaccination in limiting and controlling the spread of the disease over the next months. The Delta variant of the virus now accounts for 99% of positive cases and it is highly transmissible. Between mid-June and early July this led to a very large rise in people testing positive in Cambridge, most of them under the age of 30. This reflects the situation throughout the country, but compared with earlier waves of infection the number of people in hospital becoming seriously ill or dying remains very low. This is because of the effectiveness of the UK vaccination programme.   

In his contribution to the Downing Street press conference on 12 July, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty made the following points, to emphasise the “overwhelming” value of vaccination:

  • Vaccination reduces the chances that you will catch COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chance of being hospitalised or suffering severely from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chances of passing on COVID-19 to other people.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available to everyone present in the UK over the age of 18, whatever their nationality. So if you have not yet been vaccinated, please arrange for vaccination as soon as possible.   Two doses of the vaccine are needed, and they are given eight weeks apart. Maximum immunity develops about two weeks after the second dose, so it is important to receive both doses of the vaccine.

Vaccinations can be booked through the NHS online and there are walk-in vaccination centres available locally. The current centres are listed here. If you will be leaving Cambridge over the summer, it is possible for you to book your second vaccine dose in a second location, using the NHS booking site.

In addition, there is comprehensive information on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni vaccination web page

As part of stage 4, after 16 August, people who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to isolate for ten days after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation will still be required for those who are not vaccinated.

As we move into stage 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap, it is timely to emphasise the importance of vaccination in limiting and controlling the spread of the disease over the next months.  

In his contribution to the Downing Street press conference on 12 July, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty made the following points, to emphasise the “overwhelming” value of vaccination:

  • Vaccination reduces the chances that you will catch COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chance of being hospitalised or suffering severely from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chances of passing on COVID-19 to other people.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available to everyone present in the UK over the age of 18, whatever their nationality. So if you have not yet been vaccinated, please arrange for vaccination as soon as possible.   Two doses of the vaccine are needed, and they are given eight weeks apart. Maximum immunity develops about two weeks after the second dose, so it is important to receive both doses of the vaccine.

Vaccinations can be booked through the NHS online and in the UK there are walk-in vaccination centres available locally. If you have your first dose of the vaccine over the summer, it will be possible, if it is necessary, for you to book your second dose in Cambridge, using the NHS booking site, or by visiting a walk-in centre.

In addition, there is comprehensive information on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni vaccination web page. This includes links to information for people who have received doses of vaccine outside the UK. 

As part of stage 4, after 16 August, people who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to isolate for ten days after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation will still be required for those who are not vaccinated.

Like everywhere else in the world the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the community of those in the Colleges and University of Cambridge. The virus is still with us, but compared with earlier waves of infection, the number of people in hospital, becoming seriously ill or dying is now very low. This is because of the effectiveness of the UK vaccination programme.   

In his contribution to the Downing Street press conference on broadcast in the UK on 12 July, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty made the following points, to emphasise the “overwhelming” value of vaccination:

  • Vaccination reduces the chances that you will catch COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chance of being hospitalised or suffering severely from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination reduces the chances of passing on COVID-19 to other people.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available to everyone present in the UK over the age of 18, whatever their nationality. So if you have not yet been vaccinated, please arrange for vaccination as soon as possible.   Two doses of the vaccine are needed, and they are given eight weeks apart. Maximum immunity develops about two weeks after the second dose, so it is important to receive both doses of the vaccine.

If you are in the UK, vaccinations can be booked through the NHS online and in the UK there are walk-in vaccination centres available locally. If you have your first dose of the vaccine over the summer, it will be possible, if it is necessary, for you to book your second dose in Cambridge, using the NHS booking site, or by visiting a walk-in centre.

If you are outside the UK, it is also important that you are vaccinated. If you have only received one dose of the vaccine by the time you travel to Cambridge, it will be possible to receive your second dose, under the NHS (so free of charge) once you arrive in Cambridge. In the UK, the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines are the vaccines currently approved for use (although the AstraZeneca vaccine is not used in the UK for those below the age of 40), and if you have been vaccinated abroad with a different vaccine, the NHS recommends that your vaccination is “topped-up” with a UK approved vaccine.  

Arrangements for any vaccinations in the UK can be made as soon as you have registered with an NHS doctor, which you must do in any case soon after arriving in Cambridge. 

In addition, there is comprehensive information on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni vaccination web page. This includes links to information for people who have received doses of vaccine outside the UK. 

As part of stage 4, after 16 August, people who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to isolate for ten days after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation will still be required for those who are not vaccinated.

At present, the vaccination programme has not been extended to those under 18, so those new students who will have not reached their 18th birthday when they arrive should arrange to be vaccinated once they are 18.   

Girton College Arrangements for Quarantine and Self-Isolating in College Accommodation 

If you are quarantining or self-isolating in your College accommodation you can order food to be delivered by the Girton Catering department.  Further information about the process is available below.


General FAQs

Please also visit our Weekly Update pages, for the most up-to-date response on all things coronavirus in College.

Student Guidance report symptoms and get a test poster

Asymptomatic testing image

In the case of a national or local lockdown, the University and the Colleges will, as ever, be guided by the advice of PHE/National Institute for Health Protection and the country’s legislation.

At Girton, in the event of a wave or localised spike we will do everything we can to support students to stay in residence and continue their studies providing that it is safe, within the law and complies with government guidelines.

As always Tutors, College Nurses and the Accommodation Officer will be available to give advice in such a situation.


College Accommodation

Information for undergraduate and postgraduate students living in College Accommodation for 2020-2021.


Girton College Households

The Main College site is divided into 36 separate households, including two in Girton Gate and three in the Grange.  These Households are shown on the Household plans. Some Households can only be accessed via external routes – please do not take internal shortcuts through Households.

Please follow the College guidance on the occupation of these households.  Additionally please note that it is not permitted to go through one Household to gain access to another Household or other part of College.

In Swirles Court each floor within a block is a household. 


Girton Household Rules

Below are some useful quick reference guides for you and your household to follow.

#StaySafeCambridgeUni

It is more important than ever that we look after ourselves and others.

Find out more with the University's #StaySafe campaign