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Durham University

Student Finance

Quarantine Hotel and PCR Test Costs

If you are a new student who will start your studies at Durham University in September/October 2021 and who will enter the UK for the first time from a red list country the University will reimburse the cost of your quarantine hotel and PCR tests.

If you are a new student who will start your studies at Durham University in September/October 2021 and who will enter the UK for the first time from an amber or a green list country the University will reimburse the cost of for the cost of pre-departure and post-arrival tests. This includes reimbursement of up to £200 for the optional "test to release" which students from amber list countries can take to release themselves from isolation 5 days early.

Please click here to apply.

Continuing Students

If you normally live overseas and are returning to Durham the University will not pay for the cost of your quarantine hotel and PCR tests. However if you cannot afford the cost yourself you may apply to the Student Support Fund. We understand that you will want to arrange return travel in good time but will not be able to consider applications submitted too far in advance. Please fill in a 2020/21 Full Application Form and submit your application about two weeks before you want to book your flight to the UK (or, if your flights are already booked, about two weeks before you are due to fly). We will assess your application using the Student Support Fund Assessment Procedure, adding reasonable flight costs, hotel quarantine costs and PCR test costs as essential expenditure. You may be eligible for the full cost of your quarantine, or some of the cost of your quarantine, or none of the cost of your quarantine, depending on your personal circumstances. If your application is successful we will pay quarantine costs on your behalf wherever possible rather than paying money into your bank account.

  • If you normally live in the UK and are returning from a year abroad which was an essential part of your degree programme the University will pay for the cost of quarantining in a hotel (subject to certain conditions, details to be confirmed).