Self Isolation FAQ

Self Isolation FAQ

Incoming UCC students who have travelled from outside of Ireland will need to self-isolate according to current government guidelines https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html#self-isolation-after-travel

Current Irish Government guidance on self-isolation is available at this link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/managing-coronavirus-at-home/self-isolation.html

Based on current national guidelines, students who self-isolate must arrive in Ireland at least 14 days before they are due to start their academic studies.

See programme start dates at this link https://www.ucc.ie/en/records-exams/. You must complete your 14-day self-isolation prior to starting your course of studies.

Students who have accommodation booked should in the first instance, speak with your accommodation provider about arriving 14 days early to self-isolate. We expect most accommodation providers will be able to facilitate you, but it is important that you contact your accommodation provider as soon as possible to confirm this.

If your accommodation provider cannot facilitate your early arrival for self-isolation, students can book with UCC Campus Accommodation for a 14-day self-isolation period.

You can book by emailing beds@ucc.ie  as soon as possible. This accommodation must be vacated by Friday 18th September so the latest time you can enter UCC Campus Accommodation for self-isolation purposes is Friday 4th September (unless you have booked to live there during the academic year).

We STRONGLY ADVISE that all international students coming to UCC in September 2020 organise their accommodation in advance and self-isolate in that accommodation on arrival.

Students who do not have pre-booked accommodation can book with UCC Campus Accommodation for a 14-day self-isolation period. You can book by emailing beds@ucc.ie ASAP. This accommodation must be vacated by Friday 18th September so the latest time you can enter UCC Campus Accommodation to self-isolate is Friday 4th September (unless you have booked to live there during the academic year)

You CANNOT self-isolate in communal rooms i.e. multiple occupancy rooms.

The Office of Accommodation and Community Life is available to all incoming students for guidance and tips to help with your search for safe and affordable accommodation. Please check out their website www.ucc.ie/en/accommodation or contact them directly on resservices@ucc.ie

Please email beds@ucc.ie and putting ‘20/21 Self-Isolation Accommodation’ in the subject line of your email. UCC Campus Accommodation will then arrange your accommodation.

The student is responsible to pay for their own self-isolation period, including associated costs such as food, groceries etc.

The accommodation cost for the isolation period should be the normal weekly rental charge for your accommodation provider. If you are staying with a private accommodation provider, please contact them directly to confirm their rates.

UCC Campus Accommodation rent for the 14-day isolation period is €172 per week. You will be asked to pay a deposit of €50 on booking. The balance is then due on arrival.

It is advised that you organise a food delivery in advance of your arrival to Cork. Large supermarket groups such as Tesco (www.tesco.ie), Supervalu (www.supervalu.ie) and Centra (www.centra.ie) will all deliver to your accommodation. We suggest that you book your delivery slot weeks in advance and have the food delivered the morning after you arrive (just in case you are delayed).

Catering providers can deliver prepared meals to you at an added cost.  Ask your accommodation provider or landlord about options for the delivery of prepared meals to your location.

Deliveroo https://deliveroo.ie/restaurants/cork/cork and Just eat.ie  https://www.just-eat.ie will deliver to you from a wide choice of participating restaurants.

Laundry and other sundries are additional, if required. Ask your accommodation provider for details.

Student support services

You can access a full range of student support services such as Student Counselling and Development, Careers Service, Accommodation and Community Life etc online. Details are available here https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/

Additional Services

To enable you to use your time productively, we are working on a Transitions-In programme to support you to develop important skills during your 14-day self-isolation period. This will include virtual campus tours and other opportunities to familiarise yourself with University College Cork. We will give you access to a range of resources that will be of interest. Our exciting programme is currently in development and it is likely to include opportunities for you to develop skills in areas like:

  • Employability skills (Curriculum Vitae, interview preparations, job market, cultural norms of the Irish Workplace etc.),
  • Study skills, time management, note taking, critical thinking, autonomous learning, academic writing, referencing etc.
  • English language online self-access induction programme.

In addition, you will have access to online UCC library essentials, library tutorials and videos. We are also working on some Social and Cultural components to the programme, Keep Well initiatives, as well as many fun themed events including food, Irish music, Irish language, Green Campus and other exciting initiatives.

If you become ill or need medical advice during your period of self-isolation on arrival in Ireland, you should telephone the Student Health Department on 021 4902311. One of our Doctors will return your call and can arrange for you to obtain treatment, undergo investigation including COVID-19 testing if required, onward referral to a specialist service or attendance at Accident and Emergency if necessary. At evenings and weekends and if the Department is closed a recorded voice message on 021 4902311 will advise you of the telephone number to call for assistance.

See: www.ucc.ie/en/emt/covid19/student-faq/#student-health-faq or ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/

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