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    24/07/2020

    The New Normal: Student Accommodation Safety Changes

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    coronavirus
    covid-19
    student safety

    The world’s changed a lot we’re all grasping with the new normal. Whether you’re soon to begin life as a Fresher or you’re about to start your next year at university, we can’t wait to welcome you. But you may be wondering how your student accommodation has adapted and what safety measures have been put in place as a result of the pandemic.

    the new normal

    You can be reassured to hear that DIGS sites in Huddersfield, Sheffield and Wolverhampton have made a comprehensive range of changes, to keep students and staff as safe as possible.

    Face Coverings

    Every student that lives with us in 2020/21 will receive a DIGS branded face covering.

    Hand Sanitizer Stations

    In all our high traffic areas, hand sanitizer stations have been installed. This is for everyone to use as they enter and leave different areas of the buildings.

    Enhanced Cleaning

    We have also implemented higher levels and more regular cleaning of all social communal areas, for your peace of mind.

    Social Distancing Signage

    To ensure we all keep the required distance, you will spot social distancing signage and movement flow signage around our buildings. You may come across one-way systems that haven’t been there before, so please watch out for these.

    Protective Screens

    As our staff deal with many people face to face every day, we have installed protective screens in reception and office areas.

    Virtual & Physical Events

    Where we are able to run events as we have done before, with suitable social distancing in place, we are doing so. We have also introduced a range of new and exciting outdoor or virtual events, so please check out our events listings next month and book yourself on.

    Phased Check-in Appointments

    As you can imagine, the start of term is extremely busy and so we have had to make changes to keep you safe. The main difference this term is that our appointments will be staggered to ensure that social distancing is in place. Please keep an eye on your emails for more details and ensure you arrive on time for your pre-booked appointment (Storthes Hall Park and The Pinnacles only due to site capacity).

    Cash Free Payments

    At the Storthes Hall Park shop and The Venue in Huddersfield, we have gone cashless. This is not only more hygienic, but also a much simpler way for everyone to pay for food, drinks and more.

    Controlled Numbers in Social Spaces

    We know you love to get together with friends and relax. For now we have put limits on the number of people who can gather in our social spaces. This may mean that you have to change your plans occasionally or do it at a different location. Please bear with us if areas have reached their maximum capacity.

    Wellbeing Support

    Getting used to the changes will be something we all have to do. But for some people, it might create anxieties that are difficult to cope with. We have wellbeing support available so you can talk to someone if you’re worried. Look out for signposting around the building pointing you in the direction of this support.

    So, we hope that these changes give you peace of mind. Your DIGS accommodation may look and feel a little different this term, we have everything covered to make sure you’re safe and still have a great experience.

    If you have any questions before you come back, don’t hesitate to get in touch at support@digstudent.co.uk.

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