A big thank you to all of our residents and partners who have shown patience and understanding while we at Downing Students have been working constantly to find solutions to alleviate the very difficult circumstances in which we have all found ourselves. We are immensely grateful to our staff who continue to work harder than ever and under great pressure so that we are able to continue to provide all our students with access to safe, secure managed accommodation.
There has been a lot of conflicting information circulated by some universities and accommodation providers which has caused confusion and some distress to our residents. We urge everyone to help the Government to save lives by adhering to current advice and restrictions. Please note the following official statement from Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities:
“The Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. If you are living in student halls, or private rented accommodation, you should remain there and stay indoors while current restrictions are in force. As the Prime Minister said, staying put and remaining indoors is a crucial step now to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed, and save the lives of fellow citizens. The government published advice on staying at home here”
The Government have responded rapidly with assistance packages to help families and businesses and student finance payments will continue. We want to try to support our students as best as we can by contributing and offering a compromise to help lessen some of the pressures during this time, but also being mindful of our need to keep our buildings open and our staff supported.
When can I collect my belongings?
We know you may be keen to collect your belongings and clear your room. We have been working on a plan to take the appropriate steps to ensure our arrangements take the health and safety of all parties into account and spaces are prepared for social distancing. We will then get in touch with you to make you aware of the process and next steps. Please be aware that arriving at site without prior agreement may result in you being unable to access site or your room.
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