Support for international arrivals

We know you’ll probably have lots of questions about what will happen when you arrive, and what we’re doing to support you. Please read the information on this page carefully, as it explains all the important details you need to know.

Early arrival and quarantine for amber-list countries

Before travelling to Scotland you must:

If you arrive directly into Scotland from an amber-list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you may need to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 10 days upon arrival. Different rules apply depending on whether or not you have been fully vaccinated, and where you have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that you've had your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine through approved sources at least 14 days before you arrive in Scotland.

If you have secured a place in student accommodation and are arriving from an amber-list country, you will be given early access to our accommodation to complete a 10-day quarantine before the official key collection period of 2-6 September. This is to ensure your student experience is in line with all other students.

If I am coming from the EU/USA and have been fully vaccinated, do I still have to quarantine on arrival to the UK?

No, quarantine is not required if students have been fully vaccinated coming from the EU/USA.

Is there a rental cost for quarantine early arrivals?

No, this service is free and students will only be liable for rental costs once their official tenancy begins between 2-6 September (depending on allocation of site – please refer to your Tenancy Agreement).

What if I am unable to arrive during the designated early arrival dates?

If you are unable to arrive during the dates, times and locations above, please email with your arrival details, and we will do our best to organise other quarantine arrangements for you. This may mean you are required to quarantine in a temporary flat at Bainfield with other international students before moving to your permanent allocated accommodation once you have completed the quarantine period.

This means that you will not be able to enter your permanent allocated flat until 19 September.

What happens if I do not get my visa until September and cannot quarantine until after 23 August 2021?

We have very limited spaces in our temporary accommodation available for quarantine after 23 August 2021. Spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis thereafter you will have to source quarantine accommodation out with university accommodation at an added cost whilst being liable for rental costs to student accommodation.

What do I have to do during the quarantine period?

When you arrive in your flat, whether it’s your permanent flat or a temporary one, you must self-isolate for 10 days as per Scottish Government guidelines.

Please ensure you wear a face mask on arrival to the accommodation and make use of the hand sanitising stations. When you arrive in your flat, you will be required to self-isolate within your bedroom as much as possible. When you use the kitchen/communal spaces, remember to maintain social distancing around your flatmates and wear a face covering. When cooking, it is important to wipe down all surfaces and items you use, both before and after. Do not share any utensils.

We have fitted safety signage in our accommodation for all students to follow.

How do I get to student accommodation from Edinburgh Airport?

You must travel directly to your accommodation when you arrive at Edinburgh Airport - do not make any stops. You can use public transport, such as Lothian Buses, or use a taxi service which would cost around £25-£30.

Face coverings must be worn at all times when travelling.

What do I need to bring with me?

As you will need to self-isolate on arrival, you may wish to consider purchasing a bedding pack to be in your room on arrival, if you have not already done so. We’ve teamed up with UniKitOut to offer students bedding options, with 10% off using the code NAPIER10. Alternatively, we would recommend you bring bedding with you or arrange for bedding to be delivered soon after you arrive.

Please note: We cannot accept parcels on behalf of students, so please ensure to arrange for any deliveries to arrive once you are in the accommodation and able to receive them.

You should also bring enough toiletries to get you started, as during your self-isolation period, you will not be able to leave the accommodation to go to the shop for these. If you're bringing your own toiletries to use, make sure to pack them in your main luggage rather than your hand luggage so they are not confiscated at airport security.

How do I arrange to get food delivered to my flat?

To avoid leaving your flat during your quarantine period, you should organise for groceries to be delivered to you after you arrive. Options include supermarket deliveries or fresh food boxes.

There are a range of services that provide food boxes, such as Hello Fresh. These food boxes offer a range of fresh ingredients you can use in different recipes to get you through your first few days in accommodation. You can set dietary preferences and choose the ingredients you'd like to make your meals.

If you'd like to use this service, please order via the Hello Fresh website at least 72 hours in advance, and specify a delivery date for once you are in the accommodation so you are available to receive it. You should provide your own name and the address you have been allocated.

After you have settled into your accommodation, you will be able to organise food and shopping deliveries to your address for the quarantine period. To do this, you will need to register with one of the supermarkets and pay by card, so please make sure you have a form of payment that will work in the UK.

If you arrange for food shopping to be delivered to you during our working hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, our accommodation staff will be able to assist if you have any issues receiving your delivery.

Several supermarkets offer a delivery service, including ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Morrisons.

The Student Accommodation team can also provide any assistance you may need once you have arrived and settled into your new home - please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help!

How do I get my laundry done?

To avoid leaving your flat when you are self-isolating, you should bring enough clothing to allow for your 10-day quarantine period. In the unlikely event you do need our laundry facilities, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Accommodation Team on 0131 455 3482.

Do I need to get tested for Covid-19?

It is mandatory for all students to complete PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. You must order these tests before you arrive in the UK.

What if I need medication or other essential items?

If you require access to medication or essential items, please email and we will assist with collections and deliveries.

More information

If you would like more information on any of the support services outlined above, please get in touch with us as soon as possible by emailing

Arriving from red-list countries

If you are travelling from or through a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in Scotland, you will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel. The cost is £1,750 for a single person and includes 10 days (11 nights) hotel stay, food and beverages, transfers and two Covid-19 tests. You will also need to take a Covid-19 test prior to travelling.

You must quarantine in the hotel you’ve booked. If you test positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine, you may need to quarantine for longer.

You can apply for a deferred payment plan if you are facing emergency financial hardship and are unable to pay for your quarantine immediately. You can do this by clicking on the link at the bottom of the quarantine hotel booking page.