Essential information

King's has communicated to students not already being taught on campus (due to government restrictions) that the remainder of the academic year will be taught online. If you are unable to access resources from home then you can come to campus if you need to use a library, computer room or informal study space.

If you are currently abroad and know that you will continue to study online for the 2020-21 academic year, please consider whether you have an essential reason to travel to the UK and make sure you understand the national restrictions for travelling to England from outside the UK.

For guidance on travel during the 2021 spring break, please take a look at our article Spring break 2021: travelling & support.
Testing & quarantine costs

At the moment, if you arrive in England from somewhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival. How much you pay for COVID-19 tests to travel and/or during quarantine is dependent on your country of origin and the type of tests/provider you use.

King’s is able to support eligible students with a single £100 contribution towards:

Important to know: We cannot make contributions towards the managed quarantine test package (i.e. quarantine in a hotel).


Claiming financial support


Please read the below carefully to understand eligibility and important deadlines before you apply.

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Eligibility & criteria for submitting a claim:  

  • You must be a current international, EU, EEA or Swiss student actively engaged in your studies (e.g. not on a period of interruption nor have a dormant student status).  

  • If you have dual nationality/home fee status  then you can still submit a claim if you meet the other criteria.  

  • You must be: 

    • Travelling to the UK because your course requires you to be on campus/your timetable has on-campus teaching; AND  

    • Travelling to the UK after being overseas for the winter or spring break; OR  

    • Travelling to the UK after studying overseas during Semester 1. 

  • You will need to provide evidence of the paid tests you took for your Fit to Fly Certificate, Travel Test Package or Test to Release.

  • You will need to provide evidence that you  travelled from a country/territory  not  on the travel ban red list.

  • You can only submit a claim for travel that occurs by Friday 4 June 2021.


Important to know:

  • If you previously submitted a claim for a Fit to Fly Certificate to travel abroad over the winter break, then you can submit a claim for costs incurred on your return journey if you meet the criteria above.

  • Home students who have been overseas over the winter or spring breaks are not eligible to submit a claim. 


How do I claim the contribution payment?  
We will launch an updated claim form on Monday 19 April. To claim the contribution payment:  

  1. Complete the COVID-19 tests claim form (link provided from Monday 19 April), which requires you to :  

  • Confirm your details; 

  • Provide a receipt for the tests you would like to claim for;  

  • Provide evidence of where you have travelled from (e.g. a boarding pass or flight confirmation).   

  1. Your details will be processed and all payments will be made via your Student Account to a UK bank account.  

  2. If you have a non-UK bank account then you can provide alternative bank details by emailing student grants. Within your email, please quote your student ID for verification purposes. 


Important to know:  Please do ensure you attach the appropriate evidence otherwise your payment will be delayed.  


When will my claim be processed?   
We are processing claims as we receive them, so successful applicants should be paid within 15 working days of submitting a claim. You will only be contacted if your application is unsuccessful or if further information is needed. If you have not received payment within 15 working days of submitting a claim and have not been contacted by us, please get in touch via Ask a question.


Once  you have your COVID-19 test results   
If the results of your test are negative, you will no longer need to self-isolate.   If the results of your test are positive, you must remain in self isolation for the full 10 days from the date you took your test. You should also complete the King’s self-isolation reporting form.  


Additional support for arriving in the UK and/or self-isolation: