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Campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic

We want you to have the best possible university experience and to enjoy student life on campus, whilst being safe and following government guidelines.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect on campus.

When you arrive for the start of the new semester, you’ll receive the same warm welcome that all Bradford students enjoy. You’ll still have access to our campus and our study, sport and social facilities – but the latest government guidelines mean there will be some changes for the time being.

Campus buildings

Our campus is an essential hub for student life. From the start of semester, all study, social and catering facilities on campus will be open. Relevant social distancing measures will be applied across campus, along with one-way systems and clear signage to help you navigate your way around.

Learn more about how we're making campus safer

Teaching spaces

Our campus-based teaching facilities, including laboratories, workshops and most of our classrooms will be open with added safety measures to meet national safety guidelines. These include smaller class sizes, socially distanced seating and Perspex screens have been installed where appropriate. In addition, everyone will be expected wear face coverings in teaching spaces, unless you’re exempt. When teaching, lecturers will wear transparent face shields rather than coverings, so it is clearer for you to understand their instruction.  

These spaces will be used as part of our blended learning approach to teaching and learning.

Support services

All our Student Support Services will be open for business, including: 

We will continue to provide you with opportunities to engage with support online, but all services will be operating face-to-face support on campus, with safety measures in place. You will be able to choose whether to have an in-person appointment, or to engage via our digital tools.

Computer access and IT support

Cluster computers across campus have been organised in accordance with social distancing guidelines. You will also now be able to connect remotely and access the applications on cluster computers.

The library laptop service has been extended to include almost double the number of laptops, and longer loan periods.

In addition to their usual services, IT Services have launched a new ‘IT at The Atrium’ walk-up service. The service will offer advice, technical support and laptop loans.

Current students can access full information via our IT Services SharePoint site.


The J. B. Priestley Library will be open and we're taking steps to make it safer. Social distancing measures, additional signage and hand sanitising stations will be in place and face coverings should be worn when using or passing through the library.

We're also investing even more in e-books, digital textbooks and journals to make sure you have access to everything you need to support your studies, wherever you are.

Students' Union and Student Central

Your Students' Union will be available both on campus and online. The communal areas, shops and food and drink outlets in Student Central will be open for the start of the semester with new signage, hand sanitising stations, one-way systems and social distancing measures in place for your safety. Face coverings should be worn whilst accessing the Students’ Union and Student Central.
Please see the UBU website for more information.

Students’ Union bars 

The bars are aiming to be open from 5 October 2020. All government guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of the bars’ guests and staff. Social distancing measures will be in place, along with one-way systems and table service.

Study and social spaces

The spaces around campus, including the Atrium, library and Students’ Union, will be open. Most areas will have additional signage, hand sanitising stations, and reduced seating to allow for social distancing. You will be required to wear a face covering in all these areas unless you are eating or drinking.

Shops, eat, and drink

The on-campus outlets will be open as usual and you will need to follow the same guidelines as you do when accessing high street shops.

To help keep these areas a safe environment, you should use table and chairs in their allocated spaces, bin your rubbish and return any used tableware to allocated collection points so others do not have to touch it, and wear a face covering when browsing, queueing and paying.

Black bollards with red tape outside the entrance of the shop in the Ricmond building atrium

Gym and sports facilities

Unique Fitness is currently open for outdoor and online activities only. Indoor facilities will be re-opened when government guidelines permit.

Outdoor facilities available to students and staff include: 

  • Outdoor pop-up gym
  • Fitness classes
  • Tennis
  • Football

For more information on the facilities and safety guidelines put in place by Unique, visit the Unique Fitness Re-opening page.