International Students - COVID-19 FAQs

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For Autumn & Spring Trimester Students
Thurs 10/9/20 - Mon 17/5/21 (35 weeks 4 days)

For Autumn Trimester only students
Thurs 10/9/20 - Sat 24/12/20 (15 weeks)

For Spring Trimester only  students
Mon 11/1/21 - Mon 17/5/21 (18 week)

Please note for international students check in will be available from 20/08/20 to enable for 14 days restricted movement as required by the Irish Government.  

Information for returning students arriving from abroad will be released shortly. Returning students should read CAO/Returning Students information

Yes each apartment will have a number of kitchen utensils provided for students use. These items will be left in the kitchen area of each apartment. 
 
Each student will be able to access to 1 bowl, 1 small plate, 1 dinner plate, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 dinner spoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 glass, 1 mug, 1 tea towel, 1 cleaning sponge.
 
Each restricted movement apartment will hold the below for the communal use of residents: 
 
2 frying pans, 2 Small pots, 2 large pots, 2 kitchen knives, 2 wooden spoons, 2 fish slicers, 1 can opener. 

Yes each student required to self isolate will be provided with 1 set of bed linen and 1 large towel and 1 hand towel. These items will be left in the apartments for students on arrival.

It is very important that you provide UCD residences with your arrival in UCD after you book your flight  so we can facilitate a potentially required period of restricted movement. You can enter your arrival dates in your UCD 'My UCD Residences Applications' menu AFTER you have secured your room with a €400 booking deposit. Please click here for instructions on how to enter your accommodation preferences and possible arrival time after you have secured your room. Please note, if you have not  yet booked a flight and do not know your planned arrival date you can enter this information at a later date. It is vital that you enter your proposed arrival date before you depart for Ireland/UCD. 

There are hand sanitizers at the entrance to each building and in social spaces, laundries, and offices across the accommodation. The common areas are cleaned daily with reference to touch points such as door handles and bannisters. Within the apartments, the shared spaces (living room, kitchen etc) are the responsibility of each student. Hygiene checks will be carried out in residences if any issue should arise.

UCD Residences team have set aside a number of restricted movement rooms across the campus accommodation for any student who may require restricted movement during their stay in UCD Residences.

Social distancing protocols are in place at the Front of House reception area and will be applied during the check-in process.

Each resident across campus accommodation is advised to follow the social distancing protocols set by the Irish Government. It is each student's responsibility to follow the guidelines in place. Where residents are concerned that someone is not adhering to the guidelines, they should alert Front of House staff or their Residential Assistant (RA).

Socializing is an important aspect of living in Residences and it will be informed by current HSE directions. At the moment, for example, no overnight guests are permitted and social spaces, games rooms and gyms within the residences remain closed.  We aim however to have a programme of Res-life activities in place during the trimester which will be supported by the same number of Residential Assistants as before.

The Residence currently has beds set aside to deal with potential positive Covid-9 cases in catered accommodation. Where a Covid 19 positive case arises University supports, such as Health and Counselling, will be provided and HSE guidelines will be adhered to.

All beds in units will be occupied.

For all International students coming to UCD Residences from abroad, currently the Irish Government and Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland to self-isolate for 14 days. This may change for some countries from the 20th July. However this is under constant and regular review and as such all students coming from abroad to live on campus must assume a 14 day restricted movement period.

International students travelling from outside Ireland will be able to move in to UCD Residences at any point from Thursday 20 August. Where possible we encourage you to arrive as soon after this date as you can so that you can self-isolate in advance of the start of the license on the 10th September 2020.  There will be a process put in place for students who have booked accommodation to inform us of their confirmed arrival date and there will be a separate communication on this.

Checking in early to the UCD Residences will provide you with capacity to self-isolate for 14 days, as per current Irish public health and safety guidelines.

When you arrive on campus, you will be allocated a bedroom within a specific apartment in one of UCD’s residential villages based on your arrival date.  As a student requiring a period of restricted movement, your room will be assigned to you by the Residential Services team based on your confirmed arrival date. Should your travel get delayed this allocation may change. You will remain in your allocated room for the period of your stay in UCD. During the booking process you can opt for ensuite or shared bathroom accommodation which we will try to facilitate where available.  Choice of bathroom type will be allocated on a first arrive first serve basis.

International students who have booked accommodation on campus will not need to pay for the period of restricted movement between the 20th August 2020 and the 9th September 2020.  All license fees will apply from the 10th September 2020.

Please contact Residence Room Booking to enquire about rooms on campus in which you can begin your restricted movement period.

Once the licence period commences on Thursday 10th of September, normal fees for accommodation will apply. A restricted movement period for arrivals after the 10th September may be available, subject to availability, once pre-arranged with the residences team. There will be a charge for any period after the 10th September 2020.

Food will not be provided by the University during the isolation period except where food is part of the overall residential package. 

Students will be able to cook for themselves in their apartments and access food and grocery delivery services from local supermarkets, including the on-campus Centra store. Information on restaurant delivery services will also be provided.

It is the aim that students will be able to process a food order before arrival and the delivery will be made to their apartment.

You are advised to bring your own toiletries, but some kitchenware and bed linen will be provided for those arriving for restricted movement between the 20th August and 9th September 2020.

UCD Residence does not provide masks, gloves or individual sanitizer to residents.

Rooms in UCD accommodation for international arrivals will be allocated based on the student’s arrival date and at random to ensure apartments can self-isolate together as a pod. An important part of living on campus accommodation is in making new friends and acquaintances, by allocating rooms at random this will allow each student the same positive college experience.

Residents who choose to travel during the license period (for example at Christmas break) will have to be aware of current travel advisories at the time, and that Government advice is being reviewed on an ongoing basis and may change during their trip.  

Should travel advice require one to restrict their movements upon returning from a trip during the license period a resident may be required to self-isolate off campus before returning to UCD Residences.  This is dependent on advice at the time from the HSE and Irish Government

Should You cancel your booking within 24 hours of making a booking You will be refunded your Deposit in full. Should You cancel your booking after 24 hours of booking but prior to the commencement of your Period of Residence You will be refunded your Deposit less an administrative charge of €50.

Should the refund policy be updated in the future residents who have confirmed their booking will be informed.

Please view the Cancellation Policy here.

Should You cancel your booking within 24 hours of making a booking You will be refunded your Deposit in full. Should You cancel your booking after 24 hours of booking but prior to the commencement of your Period of Residence You will be refunded your Deposit less an administrative charge of €50.

Should the refund policy be updated in the future residents who have confirmed their booking will be informed.

Please view the Cancellation Policy here.

Should You cancel your booking within 24 hours of making a booking You will be refunded your Deposit in full. Should You cancel your booking after 24 hours of booking but prior to the commencement of your Period of Residence You will be refunded your Deposit less an administrative charge of €50.

Should the refund policy be updated in the future residents who have confirmed their booking will be informed.

Please view the Cancellation Policy here.

Should You cancel your booking within 24 hours of making a booking You will be refunded your Deposit in full. Should You cancel your booking after 24 hours of booking but prior to the commencement of your Period of Residence You will be refunded your Deposit less an administrative charge of €50.

Should the refund policy be updated in the future residents who have confirmed their booking will be informed.

Please view the Cancellation Policy here.

No students arriving from international destinations will be grouped to their accommodation based on their arrival date, students will not need to move accommodation after the 14 days. 

Please note in a small number of cases students may be required to self-isolate in separate apartments designated for this purpose during the year, these students may be required to move accommodation after the isolation period. Residents will be informed of this in advance should this be required.

Your fee is due from the 10th September 2020.  Should you develop symptoms and medical advice is that you self-isolate, UCD has set aside a number of apartments where this can be facilitated at no extra cost to your license fee already paid.

Due to current health advise transfers within campus accommodation this year will not be permitted. In extenuating circumstances UCD Residences may move students within residences at its discretion.