Last Updated: Wednesday 8th April
The whole of SUBU is working hard to ensure your student experience is affected as little as possible by the Coronavirus outbreak. We understand the current circumstances are less than ideal, and that you have a lot of questions and concerns about your studies, finances and future.
We have created this page to inform you about current developments and what we are doing to support you in several areas: Accommodation, Assessment and Learning, Welfare, Guidance for Healthcare Students, Guidance for International Students and FAQs. Please check this page regularly for updates. We also have sections at the top for you to read BU Advice, tell us what you’re thinking and get the latest status updates for SUBU services.
Rest assured that SUBU is doing all it can to ensure you’re not adversely affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19), and we’re working closely with the university to ensure your voice is heard. Keep up to date with what we've been working on using our Action Tracker.
We understand that many of you have concerns about your accommodation contracts. You may have gone home early and are worried about having to continue paying for your student accommodation, you might be worried about being charged for ending your contract early, or you might be worried because you are meant to be self-isolating but your student accommodation isn’t ideal for this. We are lobbying the university in support of students who are in these and other situations. We are working to understand what different providers are doing, but if you like some more information, please go to our Advice FAQs page.
- Student Village, Dorchester House, Home Park, Unilet (BU Accommodation): all remain open. BU have recently announced ‘a temporary halt on issuing any further invoices for rent’, until they have decided on the best course of action regarding accommodation. This will also include students living in LettingsBU fully-managed houses who pay rent monthly. Due to the uncertainty the current situation presents, BU are keeping their approach under review and will contact all residents if things change. Please check their FAQs for updates.
- Bailey Point (The Student Housing Company): students should pay their third term rents as normal. SHC will continue to review the situation and things may change, see their website here.
- Chesil House, Cranborne House, Lyme Regis House, Okeford House (Campus Living Villages): students should pay their third term rents as normal CLV have provided a FAQ with what they are doing to support self-isolation. They are reviewing the issue of final term payment internally and are expected to reach a decision shortly.
- Corfe House (Student Roost): students can move out early without paying a fee, or can get a refund if they paid for the year already, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and filling in this form by 13th April. They are also offering support for students who need to stay in accommodation and for those who are self-isolating.
- Purbeck House (Unite): students can move out early without paying a fee, as long as they email the provider – email@example.com - by 10th April. Unite also say vulnerable students can ask to re-locate, students who need to extend their contracts will be supported, and are also offering support for those in self-isolation. See their update here.
- Lansdowne Point (Kaplan Living): students should pay their third term rents as normal. KL are offering support for those self-isolating.
Assessment and Learning
Guidance for Healthcare Students
Guidance for International Students
SUBU Action Tracker
Activities, Societies and Events
Support and Information
If you are concerned about your health or the health of a housemate, friend or member of your family, go online to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
If you have a query about Coronavirus relating to university you can contact the Department for Education helpline.