Travel to campus and COVID-19

There are some extra things to consider when travelling to campus because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Read the latest guidance about travelling to Scotland and getting to Stirling.

International arrivals

The Scottish Government website provides up-to-date guidance on the process for people entering the UK, including steps you should take before you travel and access to forms you will need to fill out.

Quarantine for students arriving from outside the UK

If you are travelling to the United Kingdom from another country, you may need to self-isolate (quarantine). This is a period of self-isolation for two weeks. If you're living in university-managed accommodation for the year, your quarantine period will be free of charge as long as you arrive two weeks before the course start date. 

If you have to quarantine, you will move straight to your room when you arrive. Information on quarantine rules and what you can expect from Accommodation Services will be given to you in advance.

Support for students in quarantine

If you are living in university accommodation, we will provide you with a care package for your quarantine period. This will include extra bedlinen (as you won't be able to use the laundry during quarantine), a kitchen starter pack, and information on food deliveries.

Documenting your quarantine period

Before you arrive in the UK, you will need to submit the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. This includes details of the address you will quarantine at. This can be your University of Stirling accommodation address, which you will be supplied before you travel.

Police Registration

International students who need to register with Police Scotland won’t be penalised if you don’t register at a police station within seven days upon arrival to the UK if you are required to self-isolate. Please refer to the Police Registration pages on this website for further information and updates on current arrangements.

Collecting your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)

UK Visas and Immigration have confirmed that the Post Office will hold onto your BRP for a longer period due to Covid-19 and that students required to self-isolate should follow the isolation period first. You should only attempt collection of the BRP once you have completed the self-isolation period.

General public transport guidance

Transport Scotland has issued guidelines on travel to promote your safety and the safety of others when using public transport in Scotland.

Make travel arrangements

If you develop coronavirus symptoms while travelling to Stirling, you must inform the crew or driver on your plane, train, boat, bus or taxi and they will tell you what to do next.

You should only use public transport for your arrival if you have no other option. You can pre-book a taxi from the airport/train station in advance using Stirling Taxi’s online system

When travelling to Stirling, whether by public transport or taxi you must wear a face covering by law. If you do not comply with this requirement you could be issued a fixed penalty notice for £60.

If you think you are exempt from wearing a face covering, e.g. on health grounds, please check the latest guidance on wearing face coverings.

Travel in and around Stirling

The University campus is served by a number of transport links and service providers. Below you’ll find links to the latest information from these providers and general guidance from Transport Scotland about the latest procedures in place when using public transport in Scotland.

By bus

Multiple bus routes and providers serve the University campus. You can find information on each provider's website about restrictions or specific guidelines that are in place on their services. Typical examples include the preferred use of contactless payment and social distancing measures for seating.

By bike

Our campus is a hub for the Nextbike and Forthbike bicycle sharing schemes. Both services are still operating in Stirling. The Forth Environment Link and Next Bike websites include guidance about safe use of their bicycles at this time.

Getting here by air

If part of your journey to Stirling involves flying, you should familiarise yourself with any restrictions your airline have put in place. You should also check the latest information from your departure and arrival airports.

For general information on flying, and getting to campus from the airport, see our getting here by air advice.