The University recognises many residents experience difficulties being away from their college support and on campus studies. The UNE Residential System is open to accommodate a reduced number of residents under Stage 2 COVID-19 Safe conditions.  Whilst normal capacity across the colleges is over 1700 rooms, the reduced COVID-19 Safe Stage 2 capacity has dropped to 1000.

Priority is given to those residents who need to be in Armidale for placements, on campus for practicals or those experiencing significant hardship in their current living conditions either through poor connectivity or difficult living environment.

In order to comply with social distancing restrictions, some communal areas closed, meals are currently individually packaged (for catered colleges) and there are limited organised social activities.  All colleges are promoting safe practices – restricting numbers in dining halls, reducing the number of residents sharing bathrooms and kitchenettes, and promoting social distancing and safe hygiene practices.  All current residents complete a COVID-19 Safe Residential Induction module acknowledging their responsibilities and conditions of staying in college during this restricted period. Additional signage to promote the restrictions is in place across all colleges.

Visitor sign in books for contact tracing purposes are in place across each college and residents are asked to discuss any travel arrangements taking them outside of the region to help keep the college community informed of movements.

As part of our COVID-19 Safe Plan, we have reserved flats across our Residential System to be used for residents who are required to self-isolate for 14 days or awaiting COVID-19 test results.

UNE Residential System: COVIDSafe Conditions of Return please click here.

Residential Student Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
How will shared amenities be shared at college?

In stage one restrictions two people will be allocated use of a specific toilet and shower facility. This will increase to four people in stage two. Your RF, Office Manager or Head of College will assist with allocation of bathroom facilities to reduce the opportunity of cross contamination. Anti-viral/bacterial sanitiser mist/spray will be provided for all residential bathrooms for use by students. Cleaning will also be increased. Personal items are not to be left in any shared bathroom areas eg. toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner etc.

How will communal kitchens be shared at college?

Residents are encouraged NOT to cook for each other.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the very cost effective meal packages available via college catering. This will decrease your need to use communal kitchens as well as limiting trips to town to buy groceries.

Communal kitchens and kitchenettes in the colleges will be signposted indicating maximum occupancy based on one person per four square meter rule. Do not exceed maximum occupancy. Some colleges will be instigating a roster system where you will be allocated certain time to use the kitchens.

Cleaning of communal kitchens will be increased in all colleges.

Are we allowed to use outdoor common spaces?

Rules around use of outdoor spaces are constantly evolving. RFs and Heads of College will keep you updated, but please pay attention to posters and keep up to date with government rules here:

No ball sports or other types of contact sports are allowed at college for the time being.

Will we be able to socialise?

You should expect the college experience to be very different to what it has been in the past. JCR face-to-face activities will be very limited and any activity will need approval from the Head of College.

Use of open common rooms will be restricted to the one person per four square meter rule.

What if I am a student, or living with a student, that is doing a placement, or working in a higher risk area such as healthcare, schools or retail/hospitality?

If you do not feel safe (or feel like you could be putting others at risk) in your living environment, please speak to your Head of College immediately. The residential system has capacity to isolate residents should you need to stay at college, but also need to isolate. Students interacting with high risk environments outside the college setting should increase hygiene practices by:

  • Never wearing shoes inside living areas/bedrooms;
  • Changing clothes before or as soon as they arrive back to college;
  • Showering before or as soon as they arrive back to college;
  • Wash hands properly before coming back to college;
  • Use provided sanitiser before entering college buildings;
  • Consulting with the Head of College about segregated living arrangements for the duration of the prac/placement, if desired.
Can I have visitors over to my room, or common areas at college?

All visitors to college must register in the visitor log at the front entrance of college. NEVER chock doors open to allow access in to college buildings. FMS have activated all alarmed doors so only authorised residents shall enter colleges. This is to assist contact tracing if needed.

Social distancing practices must always be adhered to. i.e. one person per 4 square meters, and 1.5m between people. Most college bedrooms will only allow for two people per room under these guidelines. Common areas (inside and outside) will also have capacity limits so social distancing can be achieved. You may have a visitor as long as all rules are being adhered to.

Can I still use laundries at college?

Yes, as long as you comply with all social distancing rules. Pay attention to posters that display how many people are allowed in each area.

What action will the University and College Heads take if residents do not comply with social distancing rules and other expectations stipulated by the University?

Breach of social distancing to constitute a serious breach of residential code of conduct. The term and conditions of COVID safe return as per the application form states this breach may result in exclusion.

Can I apply for accommodation at UNE?

Yes. Applications are open for Trimester 3 and 2021.  Click here for more details on how to apply.