Travel

I am still living in University accommodation, however I want to move home - can I do this?

If you are still living in University accommodation and wish to return home or move somewhere else, you can do so. Welsh Government advises against any travel that is not essential, however, “Moving house is permitted, where there is a need to do so and the move cannot be postponed. A student may travel for the purpose of moving house from their term-time time accommodation to their usual home if they have a reason for doing so, including the ending of face-to-face teaching, or having reached the end of their lease”.

When you leave, please hand in your keys at the Penglais Campus Reception and, where possible, make sure that you take all your belongings with you. Please note that you will only be charged for accommodation up to the day you hand back your keys. Any rent paid in advance for the remainder of your accommodation agreement will be refunded to you.

If you are arranging for someone to travel to the University to help with the move, you should:

i.       Confirm the date and time you intend to leave your accommodation to travel elsewhere by emailing accommodation@aber.ac.uk.

  1. Plan the journey carefully in order to avoid contact with others and observe social distancing guidance at all times.

iii.      Ensure that only one person travels to Aberystwyth to collect you and your belongings.

iv.      Observe the restrictions on non-essential travel which are in place in Wales.

For the latest Welsh Government Covid-19 / Coronavirus advice and guidance click here.

My belongings are still in my room - what should I do about collecting them?

Following discussions between the University and colleagues at Dyfed Powys Police and Ceredigion County Council, plans have been agreed to enable students who have left belongings in their accommodation to collect their items over the coming weeks in a carefully managed way, prioritising the safety of students, staff and the wider community. 

If you have informed us that you have left any belongings in your accommodation, you should have received an email from the Accommodation Office asking you to book a time slot for collecting your items through our online portal. Please ensure that you read this email carefully in order that your return to campus goes as smoothly as possible. There will be two allocated time slots per day over a 14 day period, from 10-23 June inclusive. To book your time slot, please:

  • Log into the accommodation portal (https://accommodation.aber.ac.uk)
  • Select the 2019/2020 year option under ‘Your Accommodation’ (Aberystwyth University Accommodation - Academic Year 2019 / 2020)
  • Under the ‘Accommodation Licence Pack’ heading select the button labelled ‘Accommodation Licence Pack’
  • Scroll to the bottom, under the step ‘Induction Programme’, select the button labelled ‘Induction Programme’
  • This should take you to the ‘Collection of personal belongings from your University Accommodation’ page

Once this process is complete you will be sent detailed information about your visit prior to your arrival.

Should it not be possible for you to travel to Aberystwyth during the allocated 14 day period, please contact the Accommodation Office via accommodation@aber.ac.uk as soon as possible, so that we can discuss your options.

If you no longer require the belongings you have left in your accommodation, please let the Accommodation Office know, so they can be donated or disposed of.

Please note we are currently accessing unoccupied accommodation to dispose of rubbish and any perishable items, within the communal areas. However, for health and safety reasons, we may need to access bedrooms should we become aware of perishable items which need to be disposed of. Please email accommodation@aber.ac.uk should you have any concerns about perishables left in your accommodation and we will arrange for these to be removed.

Should the University have any concerns about wider Health and Safety issues that may affect your personal belongings, including non-perishable items, we’ll attempt to make contact with you.

 

I am on a work placement in the UK what do I do?

You should continue to follow government advice. Any decision regarding attendance for a placement in the UK, therefore, will be guided by the decisions of your hosting organisation (i.e. if they decide to close or remain open).   

I am planning to go on a placement overseas in the next few months what do I do?

You should discuss this with your supervisor or departmental tutor and with the Study Abroad office. Keep up to date with the external links on the AU webpages for the latest advice, including advice for the country you are planning to travel to, and which countries you will need to travel through to get there. 

I’m an international student but cannot return home – what should I do?

If you have decided to stay in Aberystwyth or have not been able to return home due to travel restrictions, it is really important that you do not feel isolated.  We would encourage you to keep in touch with your family and friends by using WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype or any other form of communication.  The Students’ Union has set up a Facebook Peer Support group to connect students who are staying in Aberystwyth.

International students are advised to register with their Embassies to receive advice and support on returning home.

What will happen if my visa is about to expire and I cannot leave the UK due to travel restrictions?

For all the latest information please visit the Visas, Support & Advice pages.

If you are confused or have any concerns about your visa, please email the International Student Adviser on immigrationadvice@aber.ac.uk.