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10 ways to make sure you are ready if you have to self-isolate

NCH London | September 29, 2020

Self-isolating for 14-days can sound like a daunting prospect, but if you plan now so that you are ready if you need to self-isolate this term, it will make the experience of self-isolation less challenging.

The following 10 tips are designed to ensure you are equipped to look after yourself during self-isolation.

Bookmark the NHS test booking system 

Be ready to book a test. If you start to experience symptoms of COVID-19 and want to access a test you can find more information on this website. Make sure you bookmark this site on your mobile now. 

Consider how you will return to your student accommodation

If you are advised to self-isolate, whether due to a positive test, notification from NHS Test & Trace or the College, or because you are experiencing symptoms of  COVID-19, and you are not already there, you will need to make your way directly to your student accommodation.

You should try to avoid using public transport if possible. Taxis, although more expensive, are often the safest option, you can utilise Uber, Bolt or FreeNow.

Always carry your mask, and try to have sufficient funds in your bank account at all times to cover the cost of a taxi back to your accommodation.

Create a self-isolation kit

Stock up on groceries such as canned soups, long life milk and juice, or frozen food (if you have access to a freezer), enough to last you 14 days. Don’t eat them before you need them! Advance preparation will mean that you are able to feed and hydrate yourself, and will also help you save money, by avoiding expensive delivery food.

You should also have tissues, hand sanitizer, bin bags, antibacterial surface cleaner, and disposable cloths, so that you can safely capture any cough, and clean any touch points if you have to leave your room.

Try to also keep a stock of your prescription medication and non-prescription medication to manage symptoms of COVID-19, so that you can continue taking it during any period of self-isolation. 

Plan to keep a supply of toiletries that will last 14 days

Try to maintain a stock of toiletries and sanitary items, sufficient to last for a 14-day period, so that you do not need to worry about these if you need to self-isolate.

Find out now how your student halls will support you

Your student halls may be able to provide you support, such as arranging for food to be delivered to your door – there may be an associated cost – or extra wellbeing support for those in self-isolation. Ask your halls what support they offer now, and make sure you add the relevant contact number to your phone.

Do you have a bank card that you can use to buy things online?

Make sure you have a bank card that you can use in the UK to buy food and groceries online. If you have a non-UK bank, check that you can use your card in the UK and what the commission and limits might be.

Plan now for how you will stay entertained during the days

Now could be a good time to use a free Audible trial to listen to books that you have always wanted to read but never had the time to investigate, or to revisit the entire oeuvre of your favourite author.

Ask a couple of friends to be on standby to help and support you

Ask a couple of friends now if they will make themselves available to help and support you if you have to self-isolate. Offer to do the same for them. Support may mean dropping off food at your door, sending the odd Whatsapp for emotional support, having a Netflix Party, or checking in on a daily basis.

Make sure you know how to contact the SAS and the Student Wellbeing Team

Save the Student & Academic Services telephone number to your mobile phone now – it’s 020 4504 0179. Have it saved in your phone so that you can contact the team easily if you need support or have questions. 

You can also email SAS on or the Student Wellbeing Team on

Bookmark the Student Space website, which is a dedicated resource for students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out now how you will be taught if you need to self-isolate?

If you need to self-isolate, you must complete this form to inform the College and to enable us to provide you with the appropriate academic and wellbeing support.

You will continue to participate in your tutorials, NCH Diploma and LAUNCH classes remotely, online. 

Our faculty have prepared high-quality online resources for teaching and learning to ensure that you will continue to benefit from an exceptional academic experience while you are self-isolating. You will access your lectures and these resources via CANVAS.

If you need additional academic support while you are self-isolating, you should contact your personal tutor or Student & Academic Services via or 020 4504 0179.

Download your self-isolation to-do list here!