COVID-19 Updates

Our doors have remained open

Our top priority is the health, safety and comfort of our staff and residents. Our robust set of health and safety policies has enabled us to remain open throughout the outbreak of Covid-19.

We’re proud to provide a safe haven for students who are still living in the UK and taking online courses from our campuses.

To minimise disruption to ongoing studies and protect our resident’s mental and physical wellbeing, here are some of the actions we have been continuously taking and reviewing since the start of 2020:

  • Provided full-board catered room service and housekeeping to any students self-isolating.
  • Moved our maintenance and housekeeping staff to live-in, reducing contact and the spread of the virus.
  • Increased cleaning regime in all public areas.
  • Re-allocated single rooms to any residents previously accommodated in twins to improve social distancing measures.
  • Opened up additional classrooms and quiet spaces for students to self-study and attend lectures online whilst adhering to social distancing rules.
  • Upskilled a greater number of pastoral staff within our welfare teams to ensure they are full-trained on Covid-19 procedures and to provide 24-hour coverage on reception desks.
  • Temporarily closed on-site catering facilities, libraries and gyms as a directive of the UK government.
  • Adapted our events programme with online quizzes, games nights and activities.

London Awaits

As the only residential English language school in London, we were determined to remain optimistic, responsible, and future-focused.

To get the inside scoop on how we've kept our students, residents and staff safe, follow our video tour inside our Kentish Town campus, newly built just last year and waiting to welcome you!

The people who live here don’t break the rules and are very polite. Every time you go inside the building you see the people with masks and it is very controlled here.

December 2020



The latest announcements:

  • The UK celebrates the extraordinary success of their vaccination programme.
  • Surge testing now being implemented in specific postal codes where COVID variants have been detected.
  • The vaccination programme, along with the current lockdown, results in a reduction in infection rates and the overall spread of the virus.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in the House of Commons a four-step roadmap out of lockdown for England. The devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have their own roadmaps.

Full article on the latest announcements can be found here.

Step 1

From 08/03/2021 (All dates shown are the earliest that each step can start, and are subject to a review four weeks after the beginning of the current step.

  • All schools and colleges will open its doors to students for face-to-face learning.
Green tick or marker checkmark vector icon for checkbox symbol in circle

Step 2

From 12/04/2021

  • Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen.
  • Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks, will also reopen although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted.
  • Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen - but only for use by people on their own or with their household.
  • Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
  • Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
Green tick or marker checkmark vector icon for checkbox symbol in circle

Step 3

From 17/05/2021

  • Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.
  • Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - though this will be kept under review whether it is safe to increase this.
  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.
  • Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).
  • In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Green tick or marker checkmark vector icon for checkbox symbol in circle

Step 4

From 19/07/2021

  • It is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed.
  • It's also hoped that nightclubs will be able to reopen, and restrictions lifted on large events and performances that apply in Step 3.


Last updated: 14th June 2021


For students who need to quarantine

For non-quarantine countries

To enable more students to safely travel to London and study English, Stay Campus London is proud to offer 5 days free quarantine accommodation on bookings of at least 6 weeks of English classes.



On Friday 7th May 2021 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that international travel from England will no longer be illegal from 17 May 2021 but strict border control measures will remain in place. The announcement also unveiled the launch of a new traffic light system, which will categorise countries into three distinct groups based upon the infection rate in each respective country. The lists will be reviewed every three weeks from 17 May, informed by public health advice, including the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s assessment of the latest data.


Below is a table pulled from the Global Travel Taskforce's manifesto titled 'The Safe Return of International Travel'.

COVID Travel Table (White Background)

The government will also be publishing watchlists to provide an indication when a country is identified as a candidate for changing traffic light category. All measures will be kept under review and further action may be taken to protect public health.


Read the guidance on the traffic light system including the full lists of countries in each category and rules for when people transit through red or amber countries.

green light from THE government


Visit England has awarded Stay Campus London with a certificate confirming that we are taking all possible measures to keep everyone safe.

“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

The UK Department for International Trade has also expressed their support for foreign students coming to Great Britain to study English, and we are proud to extend a warm welcome to all.

Continuing High Standards in Safety and Cleanliness

Stay Campus London and The Stay Club remain vigilant to continued challenges and student concerns, and endeavour to make all of our facilities open to our residents and partners.

Quarantine Coverage

If a two-week quarantine is required for incoming international students, they are welcome to spend that time at our secure facilities.

Rigorous Cleaning

Our classrooms, facilities, reception and social areas are frequently deep-cleaned and sanitised.

Free Supplies

Face masks and disposable gloves are available at reception and hand sanitiser stations have been installed in or near all classrooms.

Safety Routines

All students are proactively encouraged to follow the social distancing recommendations and to regularly wash their hands.

Walking Routes

A traffic flow system is now in place to ensure smooth movement around the campuses.


By providing classroom space, accommodation, and catering all in the same building, students can live and learn under one roof. This eliminates the need to commute, reduces the risk of exposure, and gives students more free time to enjoy our facilities.

Private Rooms

Our self-contained accommodation with private kitchenettes and en-suites offer an excellent choice while the world is more mindful of reducing unnecessary contact.

Online Learning

Our high-speed Wi-Fi ensures students never lose touch with their coursework or wider social network. We’re also running Online Classes and free Online Taster sessions for our Pre-University Foundation students.

Extra Classroom Space

We have extra space available if additional classrooms or lecture halls are required due to social distancing regulations.

On-Site Catering

Our cafes and restaurants now have segregated seating plans and staggered mealtimes to follow social distancing guidelines.

Worry-Free Guarantee

For peace of mind, our flexible guarantee will give students the confidence to book without losing out if their travel plans are affected by a change in international mobility.



We have revised our cancellation policy to allow greater flexibility and to ensure you can book with confidence.

Our revised policy means that booking with us is risk-free.

The policy includes guidance for all students who have to cancel their studies due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We look forward to welcoming more students to London at our all-inclusive campuses.