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Accommodation Updates

Campus Life Services have contingency plans in place to provide assistance and support to students living on campus in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the residences.

Students living on campus should continue to take personal responsibility for their own health and follow the advice on preventative measures which have been published and extensively circulated by the HSE and are available here.

If a student living on campus feels unwell, please TELEPHONE the UL STUDENT HEALTH CENTRE on 061 202434 during office hours (9am to 1pm or 2pm to 4.30pm)

If a student living on campus feels unwell outside of these hours please TELEPHONE Emergency Services on 999/112 AND contact the UL Emergency Number on 061 213333 to alert them that the Emergency Services have been contacted

The UL Student Health Centre will liaise with Campus Life Services and the Village Management Teams will provide the support and assistance required to any affected students living on campus. 

Residents who have been advised to self-isolate should inform the Village Management by telephone/email immediately and email covid19advice@ul.ie. If a student is required to self-isolate it is important to do so and stay away from other people in the residences.

Campus Life Services have designated a number of self-isolation apartments on campus to support containment in the event of an initial outbreak. The Village Management Teams will be on hand to facilitate and support students in self isolation.

In the event of a large outbreak and students are unable to return home they should contact Village Management for support. 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. A virus called coronavirus causes it. 

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) you may need to either: 

The difference between restricted movements and self-isolation 

Restricted Movements 

Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It is sometimes referred to as self-quarantine. 

You do this to stop other people from getting coronavirus.  

You need to restrict your movements if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus but you are:  

Self-isolation 

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus. This is to stop other people from getting it. You may also be asked by your doctor to self-isolate for medical reasons. 

You will need to self-isolate: 

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus 
  • before you get tested for coronavirus 
  • while you wait for test results 
  • if you have had a positive test result for coronavirus 

How to restrict your movements  

If you are well, but you have been in close contact with a case of coronavirus you will need to restrict your movements. You will also need to restrict your movements if you return to Ireland from any other country. This is to stop other people from getting coronavirus. 

Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people as much as possible by staying at home or in your hotel. 

You can still go outside for walks, runs or cycles on your own. But you should not spend time in close contact with other people. 

Other household members do not need to restrict their movements unless they are told to. 

Don't 

Do not go to school, college or work. 

Do not use public transport. 

Do not go to meetings, social gatherings, group events or crowded places. 

Do not have visitors at your home. 

Do not go shopping - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off. 

Keep away from older people, anyone with long-term medical conditions and pregnant women. 

Do not travel outside or within Ireland. 

How to self-isolate 

If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test. 

You will need to self-isolate if you have coronavirus or have symptoms of coronavirus. This could be before you get tested for coronavirus, while you wait for test results or when a positive result is confirmed. 

Most people with coronavirus will only have mild symptoms and will get well within weeks. Even though the symptoms are mild, you can still spread the virus to others. 

If you have to self-isolate, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. 

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from coronavirus

Only stop self-isolation when both of these apply to you: 

  • you have had no fever for 5 days 
  • it has been 14 days since you first developed symptoms 

 

Symptoms of coronavirus 

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. 

The main symptoms to look out for are: 

Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains. 

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you have any of the most common symptoms and have been to a place where there is spread of coronavirus, read this advice. Countries that have spread of coronavirus that health experts in Ireland have been focusing on 

  • China 
  • Hong Kong 
  • Singapore 
  • South Korea 
  • Iran 
  • Japan 
  • the following regions in Italy - Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna or Piedmont 

What you need to do depends on if you are: 

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you have any of the most common symptoms and have been to a place where there is spread of coronavirus, read this advice

If you are not feeling well 

If you have been to one of the places listed above and you are not feeling well, check if you have symptoms of coronavirus

Compare symptoms of coronavirus and flu 

 

Symptoms 

Coronavirus 

Symptoms range from mild to severe 

Flu 

Abrupt onset of symptoms 

Cold 

Gradual onset of symptoms 

Fever 

Common 

Common 

Rare 

Cough 

Common (Usually dry) 

Common (Usually dry) 

Mild 

Fatigue 

Sometimes 

Common 

Sometimes 

Aches and pains 

Sometimes 

Common 

Common 

Sore throat 

Sometimes 

Sometimes 

Common 

Headaches 

Sometimes 

Common 

Rare 

Shortness of breath 

Sometimes 

No 

No 

Runny or Stuffy Nose 

Rare 

Sometimes 

Common 

Diarrhoea 

Rare 

Sometimes in children 

No 

Sneezing 

No 

No 

Common 

 

From 16/03/2020, students that have symptoms of corvid 19 can be referred for testing through Health Link (online service) by contacting the UL Medical Centre staff or any local GP directly.  The student will be subsequently contacted by public health services to arrange testing. They will either come and test the student in their residence or invite the student to attend a testing centre depending on how likely to test positive given the symptoms.  

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, phone your GP/Student Health Centre (Tel: 061 202534) during office hours. During out of hours service phone Limerick Doc (Tel: 087 7551570 or HSE helpline 1850 241850); or local emergency department (ED) (Tel: 112 or 999) immediately. 

Do not go to your GP or EDPhone them first. Tell them about your symptoms. Give them the details about your situation. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. In a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) call 112 or 999. 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. A virus called coronavirus causes it. 

Symptoms of coronavirus 

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. 

The main symptoms to look out for are: 

Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains. 

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Self-isolation 

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You may need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus. This is to stop other people from getting it. 

A doctor/health professional will ask you to self-isolate if you have coronavirus or they think you may have coronavirus. 

This could be: 

  • before you get tested for coronavirus 
  • while you wait for test results 
  • if you have had a positive test result for coronavirus 

Self-quarantine 

Self-quarantine is avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. 

You will need to do this if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you are still well. 

Self-quarantine is to stop other people from getting coronavirus. 

 

How to self-isolate if you are asked to 

A doctor may ask you to self-isolate. 

They will do this if you have coronavirus or they think you may have coronavirus. This could be before you get tested for coronavirus, while you wait for test results or when a positive result is confirmed. Most people with coronavirus will only have mild symptoms and will get well within weeks. Even though the symptoms are mild, you can still spread the virus to others. If you have to self-isolate, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. 

Do 

Stay at home, in a room with the window open. 

Keep away from others in your home as much as you can. 

Check your symptoms - call a doctor/health professional if they get worse. 

Phone your doctor if you need to - do not visit them. Student Health Centre; 061202576 

Out of hour’s service; 0877551570/ HSE; 061483388 

Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue - clean your hands properly afterwards. 

Wash your hands properly and often

Use your own towel - do not share a towel with others. 

Clean your room every day with a household cleaner or disinfectant. 

Don't 

Do not go to work, school, religious services or public areas. 

Do not share your things. 

Do not use public transport or taxis. 

Do not invite visitors to your home. 

Keep away from older people, anyone with long-term medical conditions and pregnant women. 

It is safe for friends, family or delivery drivers arranged by UL campus accommodation management to drop off food or supplies to your place of residence during self-isolation. Make sure you are not in the same room as them, when they do. 

If you live with other people 

Stay in a room with a window you can open. 

If you can, use a toilet and bathroom that no one else in the house uses. 

If you have to share a bathroom with others, use the bathroom last and then clean it thoroughly. 

Do not share any items you’ve used with other people. 

These include: 

  • dishes 
  • drinking glasses 
  • cups 
  • eating utensils 
  • towels 
  • bedding 

Meals 

If possible, have someone leave your food on a tray at your bedroom door. 

When you have finished, leave everything on the tray at the door. 

This should be collected and put in a dishwasher and hands washed properly afterwards. 

If you don't have a dishwasher: 

  • wash in hot soapy water, wearing rubber gloves 
  • leave to air dry 
  • wash the rubber gloves while you are still wearing them 
  • remove gloves and wash your hands 

Face masks 

You may have to go into the same room with other people while you are self-isolating. If you do, wash your hands and wear a face-mask if you have one. If you do not have a face mask, stay at least 1 metre away from other people.  

If possible, anyone in a room with you should also wear a face-mask. Do not touch the front of the mask when you are taking it off. Clean your hands with gel or wash them with soap and water after you take it off. 

You do not need to wear a face mask when there is no one else in the room with you. 

Wash your hands often 

Wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub. 

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze. 

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands. 

How to wash your hands properly 

Clean your hands 

Use soap and water or alcohol hand rub to clean your hands regularly. 

How to wash your hands with soap and water 

  1. Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap. 
  1. Rub your hands together until the soap forms a lather. 
  1. Rub the top of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails. 
  1. Do this for about 15 seconds. 
  1. Rinse your hands under running water. 
  1. Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel. 

 

Use a detergent or disinfectant to clean your home 

Many cleaning and disinfectant products sold in supermarkets can kill coronavirus on surfaces. 

Clean the surface as usual with a detergent, disinfectant or disinfectant wipe. 

This includes:  

  • counters 
  • table-tops 
  • doorknobs 
  • bathroom fixtures 
  • toilets and toilet handles 
  • phones 
  • keyboards 
  • tablets 
  • bedside tables 

If you have them, wear rubber gloves when cleaning surfaces, clothing or bedding. Wash the gloves while still wearing them, then clean your hands after you take them off. 

Laundry 

Put your laundry in a plastic bag. Have someone collect it from your bedroom door. If possible, they should wear rubber gloves.  

They should: 

  • wash the laundry at the highest temperature for the material, with a laundry detergent 
  • clean all surfaces and the area around the washing machine 
  • wash the rubber gloves while still wearing them 
  • wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after removing the gloves 

If possible tumble dry and iron using a hot setting or steam iron. 

Do not take laundry to a launderette. 

Managing rubbish 

Put all the waste that you have used, including tissues and masks, in a plastic rubbish bag. Tie the bag when it is about three-quarters full. Place the plastic bag in a second bag and tie the bag. 

Treat all cleaning waste in the same way. 

Do not put the rubbish bags out for collection for 72 hours. After that, the bags can be put out for collection in regular domestic waste. 

Stay in touch with your GP or doctor 

If your symptoms develop or get worse, phone your GP and/or Student Health Centre 061 202534 during office hours. Outside of this call Limerick Doc 0877551570 or call 999 in the case of an emergency  

The Covid-19 dedicated phone line 1850 241850  

Regular communication with University accommodation services 

The table below outlines all the student residences on campus and key contact details. For all out of hours queries, please call the Village Manager on call on 083 3732614 

 

 

Village 

Reception 

Village Manager 

Mobile 

Email 

Plassey 

061 202347 

Philip King 

086 3009661 

philip.king@ul.ie 

Troy & Groody 

061 330199 

Philip King 

086 3009661 

philip.king@ul.ie 

Kilmurry 

061 202081 

Jason Hegarty 

085 8209455 

jason.hegarty@ul.ie 

Dromroe 

061 202977 

Laura Carroll 

089 9456881 

laura.carroll@ul.ie 

Thomond 

061 237000 

Sean Savicic 

087 3442836 

sean.savicic@ul.ie 

Cappavilla & Quigley 

061 237500 

Carol Jane Shanley 

086 2446202 

carol.shanley@ul.ie 

 

Guidelines on social distancing for students who life in shared University accommodation: 

The importance of social distancing 

Staying at home and avoiding crowds and larger gatherings such as parties, concerts, sporting events, and mass transit. is vital to stem the outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID 19. 

Best practice requires limiting the contact to others and maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and them.  

It is part of your responsibility for yourself, your family, relatives, friends and the communities of which you are part of whilst residing on University accomodation.  

How to implement social distancing in shared University accommodation 

Social distancing is key, and your family, friends and community rely on that you follow the social distancing measures outlined below: 

 

Do: 

  • Stay in your University accommodation 
  • Limit your contacts as much as possible to the people you are staying with in your accommodation 
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Manage your household waste responsibly and empty your waste bins regularly into the designated collection bins 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects 
  • Apply particular hygiene in shared facilities such as the kitchen or the bathroom and toilet: clean these spaces often and with appropriate detergent 
  • Exercise regularly indoors or outdoors: go for a walk or a run, engage in yoga or plates, but do it on your own 
  • Order in your food and household essentials 

 

Do not: 

  • Do not Invite friends to your accommodation, including those in nearby university residences 
  • Do not hold parties or go to parties 
  • Do not stage or go to large group sporting matches or exercise classes 
  • Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary 
  • Do not go to the shops unless it is absolutely necessary 

Remember: Meet your responsibilities now to void unintended consequences for many in the future! 

 

Residents who have been advised to self-isolate should inform the Village Management by telephone/email immediately. If a student is required to self-isolate it is important to do so and stay away from other people in the residences. Campus Life Services have designated a number of self isolation apartments on campus to support containment in the event of an initial outbreak. The Village Management Teams will be on hand to facilitate and support students in self isolation and will assist any relocation requirements as a result of self isolation.    

In the event of a large outbreak and students are unable to return home, students in shared accommodation will be required to self-isolate in their own student bedrooms.  

Self isolation support in residence is as follows: 

  1. Village Management team available by phone 24/7 to support your requirements 
  1. Food and sustenance: Food supplies should be ordered online if possible. If online delivery is unavailable the Village Management team will arrange the delivery of food supplies directly to your front door. Simply contact the village reception to arrange same. The Village Management Teams have access to wholesale stock at Musgraves Limerick and supply will not be a problem. 
  1. Crockery and cutlery: Any student in self isolation should use separate crockery and cutlery which should be kept separate from others. The Village Management Team have additional sets of crockery and cutlery in stock in the village stores, please phone/email the village reception for delivery to your front door.  
  1. Readymade meals: The Village Management Team have arranged a 7 day meal plan with Masterchefs Hospitality if students wish to avail. A fresh and nutritious readymade meal can be delivered to your front door daily if required. Please contact the Village Reception by phone/email to organise 
  1. Medical and other supplies: The Village Management team will organise the collection and delivery of any other supplies such as prescription collection and delivery to your front door. 
  1. In general, students self isolating in residence on campus should:   
  • Stay in your student bedroom with the door closed and only use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas when necessary 
  • Communicate by phone or online - Set up a resident’s WhatsApp group and advise fellow residents of your requirement to attend bathroom/ communal area so that they can avoid making contact. Email or phone your Village Manager if you need assistance 
  • Don’t congregate - Avoid using a shared kitchen/living area while others are using it 
  • Have supplies delivered – As outlined above, purchase food requirements online or through the village management and be cognisant that prepared ready make food will limit the necessity to visit communal areas 
  • Eat alone - Take meals back to the student bedroom to eat. 
  • Use separate cutlery/crockery – As outlined above, request new designated cutlery/ Crockery from the Village Manager. Wash your designated crockery and cutlery with detergent and warm water and dry thoroughly using a separate tea towel and take all cutlery / utensils used back to your isolation room.  

 

Keeping well during self-isolation 

Keep yourself mobile by getting up and moving around as much as possible. If you have a garden or backyard go out and get some fresh air, but keep more than 1 metre away from other people. 

Self-isolation can be boring or frustrating. It may affect your mood and feelings. You may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping.  

You may find it helps to stay in touch with friends or relatives by phone or on social media 

You can Contact the Student Counselling Service; counselling@ul.ie where a phone service is available 

How to self-quarantine if you are asked to 

A doctor/health professional may have asked you to self-quarantine. This is because you have been in close contact with a case of coronavirus and you are still well. This is to stop other people from getting it, if you develop symptoms. 

If you have been asked to self-quarantine, avoid contact with other people as much as possible. 

Examples of close contact may be considered as: 

  • spending more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person 
  • living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person 

These examples of close contact are a guide only.  

You can still go outside for walks, runs or cycles on your own. However, you should not spend time in close contact with other people. 

Other household members do not need to restrict their activities, unless they are also close contacts of a case. 

Don't 

Do not go to school, college or work. 

Do not use public transport. 

Do not go to meetings, social gatherings, group events or crowded places. 

Do not have visitors at your home. 

Do not go shopping - where possible, order your groceries online or have management from UL Accommodation services drop them off. 

Do not contact older people, people with chronic health problems and pregnant women. 

Do not travel outside Ireland.

Summer accommodation is available for students who wish to live in a UL village after their current licence agreement ends. All enquiries can be made to Chloe.Keogh@ul.ie and accommodation is subject to availability.