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Covid-19: As lockdown eases, CUBO issues guidance for collection of student belongings

18 May 2020  
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With the government announcement this week, CUBO has compiled guidance to support the safe and orderly collection of student belongings from England's universities.

It is estimated that around 70% of rooms still contain possessions, after many students left residences and returned to their parental home after the outbreak of Covid-19. With some universities expecting as many as 2000 students and parents to return, CUBO, whose members include those with strategic and operational responsibility for purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), has compiled guidance for both universities and students.

"With social distancing still in place, it's essential that students wait to hear from their university or private accommodation provider when and how it is safe to return, especially as the situation differs across the UK and between individual campuses," says CUBO CEO Jan Capper.

Universities are establishing systems for managing the process and contacting their students with full instructions. International students who have returned home and others who cannot return to campus are being contacted separately.

Government guidance on social distancing and lockdown differ in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, making it all the more important that students follow advice given and do not simply return to campus.

"We have provided this guidance to support the university sector in a rapidly changing situation and above all to ensure the safety of students, who are understandably keen to collect their belongings," said Gillian Almond, CUBO Chair and Director of Commercial Services at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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