82% of university students back in term-time digs
While many students appear to once again be mixing in their term-time accommodation, universities are still banned from providing face-to-face teaching except for in certain subjects. However, a survey of 1,400 students by the Office for National Statistics in April suggested that 82% were living at the same address as they were at the start of the autumn term anyway, up from 76% in March.
Most students in England, apart from those on key courses like nursing and medicine, were told not to travel back to term-time accommodation as part of the third national lockdown. The universities minister, Michelle Donelan, justified the delay by saying the “mass movement” of young people across England could spread COVID-19 and force many students to self-isolate again in their rooms.
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