Living in student accommodation is a big part of university life. For most, it will be the first time living away from home, and we understand that this can be a worrying time in normal circumstances.
For some, the rules will be different back home, but here in Wales we're guided by Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government so some of the advice might be slightly different from other parts of the UK, EU and the wider world. We have asked students to familiarise themselves with the basics and we will keep them updated on any changes through MetCentral (the student homepage).
Our accommodation teams have worked hard to ensure social distancing rules can be followed in halls and common areas, and both staff and students are asked to follow local guidelines and the 2 metre rule. When social distancing becomes difficult, wearing non-medical face coverings is policy.
We know that joining university is a good opportunity to make new friends and join in with a range of activities. Our award-winning residential life programme 'Met Res Life' has adapted to the current restrictions, providing all students in University-owned halls the opportunity to meet and make friends in a safe environment.
Students can find the latest calendar of activities over on the Met Res Life Facebook page.
We know our students are responsible and there might be times when they'll need to isolate. To help, we're providing a range of support for students who need to self-isolate, including access to food parcels, health and wellbeing support, and flexible learning to ensure they can continue their course safely from their accommodation.
Our accommodation teams are available 24/7 for students who need advice or support and will regularly check in with students who may have to isolate.
Students in university-owned accommodation can access support through their halls team, where food supplies and medicines will be arranged based on need, and help to arrange supermarket deliveries is available. Our online health and wellbeing support tools and advice services remain open and are available to all students through the student homepage 'MetCentral'.