Our Health & Safety Commitments
The health and safety of our students and staff has always been our top priority; and in recent months, this has never been truer.
We understand that COVID-19 has been, and still is, a worrying and uncertain time for everyone. That’s why we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to protect our students and staff and minimise the risk of coronavirus at our accommodation.
We’ve been working hard to adapt our accommodation and our service to ensure that our students are kept safe; but can still have the best possible living experience whilst at university or college. See below and watch our short video for more information.
To minimise the time spent checking in at reception, all students are required to complete an online check-in prior to arriving at their accommodation.
All students will be given an allocated date and time slot for moving in to allow for staggered arrivals. This will ensure social distancing measures are maintained and will help to reduce queues and overcrowding at reception and communal areas.
Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser stations have been placed at entrances and exits, and at the receptions of all accommodation buildings.
In communal spaces, we have added to our already rigorous cleaning protocols, paying close attention to high use touch points such as door handles, handrails and lift controls. This cleaning is also done with increased frequency.
We have installed lots of new directional and instructional signage in and around our buildings to help people keep a safe distance and to remind people to follow the current guidelines. One-way systems have also been implemented where possible to avoid overcrowding.
Protective screens have been installed at receptions to provide an extra level of precaution for both students and staff.
Furniture in communal spaces may be removed or re-arranged and maximum numbers of people in lifts, shared toilets and other communal spaces may be restricted to allow more space for social distancing.
All bedrooms are meticulously cleaned prior to occupation and room seals are placed over the doors to indicate that rooms haven’t been accessed since they were cleaned.
To encourage a high standard of hygiene, every student living with us will be provided with a pack of essential hygiene items upon arrival including hand sanitiser, a face mask and anti-bac wipes.
If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you are entitled to a free test through the NHS. However, if you aren’t showing symptoms, but would still like to be tested, we can arrange a test pack for you.* Should any students need to self-isolate, we will ensure the appropriate support is provided to them during the isolation period.
All staff at Host have undertaken specific COVID-19 awareness training. This ensures that they have a comprehensive understanding of coronavirus, its symptoms and how to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
In accordance with our ISO 45001 Health and Safety accreditation, we are monitoring our policies, processes and procedures to ensure that we are working to the latest Government Guidance and following best practice.
In addition, following an in-depth review by the British Safety Council (BSC) we have achieved the BSC COVID-19 Assurance Accreditation. This means our organisational policies, procedures and arrangements in response to the control of COVID-19 within our accommodations meet the current UK government guidelines.
Looking for accommodation for 2020/21 or 2021/22?
If your university start dates have been pushed back, or you just need accommodation for one semester, we have rooms available on a flexible length contract at some of our locations for the 2020/21 academic year.
Alternatively, if you’re preparing for study in 2021/22, enquire about accommodation and book your room today.