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Travel Window - Everything you need to know!

Travel Window - Everything you need to know!

Important information to help you get ready for the 3-9 December travel window.

The government recently announced a travel window (3-9 December) for University students in the UK to travel around the country and internationally. With the travel window fast approaching, here’s all the key information you need to know before leaving Exeter.

We’d like to remind students that if you’re struggling financially which is impacting your ability to travel, you can apply for financial support here. Applications need to be in by 4 December, so make sure you submit yours as soon as you can.



It’s not mandatory, but we really do recommend getting a test before travelling during the window. The University has ensured testing is available, and you can find out how to book your test here. Taking a test will mean that you can be certain of your Covid-19 status and prevent the spread of the virus.

Testing will take place in the Sports Park on Streatham campus. Opening hours for the Streatham test site are: Monday 30 November 13:00 – 16:00, Tuesday 1 December – Wednesday 8 December, 09:30 – 16:00. You’ll need to remember to take your student ID with you.

You should have your result within 24 hours by text or email. Depending on your result (positive, negative or inconclusive), you’ll need to follow different guidance.


Travelling in the UK

Before travelling or making a decision, make sure you take a look at the latest government guidance on travelling.

Remember to try and keep a safe distance from others, and to wear a mask if travelling on public transport.

It’s also really important to remember that we’re currently in a tiered system in the UK, which may impact things such as travel. You can find more about the tier system here.


Travelling Overseas

If you’re travelling overseas, it’s really important that you’re fully aware of the guidelines where you’ll be travelling to. You may need to go through a period of isolation either on your arrival in the country you’re travelling to, or when returning to the UK.

The University have additional information which we’d really recommend reading if you’re travelling abroad – you can find that here.


PGR Students

The travel guidance means that postgraduate research students are exempt, meaning you can travel outside of the window. Testing is still available for you through the same method outlined above.


What if I’m staying at University?

If you’re staying at University over the winter break for any reason, there will be support available. We’ll be releasing information very soon about the support you can get during the Guild closure.

If you’re not travelling because of a positive test, make sure you’ve had a look at the University’s self-isolation information. 


We wish you safe travels if you’re leaving Exeter, and if you’re staying in Exeter make sure you stay in touch and access any support you need to! Don’t forget to complete our coronavirus feedback form if you’re affected in any way or have some changes you’d like to see, so that we can represent and support you as best as we can.




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