Rent rebate for Hillhead students, hardship fund and testing centre

Dear student,

The Scottish Government this week announced campus return plans for students following the winter break:

  • The return to university of undergraduate students will be staggered over six weeks
  • Students who change household over the winter break should, wherever possible, not return to their term-time accommodation until in-person teaching resumes
  • Students are encouraged to take two lateral flow tests on return to University 

Given the Government guidance – which has resulted in us introducing on-campus teaching on a phased basis from 25 January to 8 February - we have looked at rent arrangements for students in University of Aberdeen halls of residence.

Students will be advised by Schools next week of their expected start date for on-campus teaching. Students in Hillhead Halls who are advised by their School of a delayed start to their on-campus teachingdue to Government guidance will be able to claim a rent refund for the period they are not in residence between 25 January to 7 February. We will be in touch with students in our halls with more details on how to make the claim shortly.

We recognise that this rent rebate will only impact students residing within Hillhead Halls of Residence, therefore students with money worries may be able to get help from our financial hardship fund. More details of the fund can be found here.

Finally, our Aberdeen Testing Centre for students with no symptoms of Covid-19 will re-open after the winter break on January 7 and will provisionally remain open until February 7.

While testing is voluntary, we encourage all students returning to the city and reforming a household to arrange to have two tests, taken three days apart, on their return to Aberdeen. Students are encouraged to ensure that the first test is undertaken as soon as they return to Aberdeen. 

By the end of this week more than 3,000 students will have been tested ahead of the winter break. Book your test – before or after the winter break – here.More information on our centre in University Road can be found here.

Best wishes

Ruth and Debbie

Professor Ruth Taylor      Debbie Dyker
Vice-Principal (Education)      Acting Director of Operations