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We are currently in a national lockdown, all corona measures have been tightened and a night-time curfew has been introduced. You can find all the information you need about the measures taken in the Netherlands on the website of the national government. The University follows the guidelines drawn up by the national government and the RIVM and tailors its own specific measures accordingly. In short, this means that the research and education activities currently taking place on campus are severely restricted, doctoral degree defences and PDeng defences are held online and working from home continues to be the standard. Furthermore, many facilities - such as the Sports Centre - will remain closed for the foreseeable future. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements, fill out our corona contact form or send an email to the central information point info@utwente.nl.

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We ask you to avoid coming to the campus unless you absolutely have to be there. This will help us minimise social interaction and travel. The urgent advice to stay at home applies in every sense: ask yourself whether activities such as meetings are truly necessary and whether you can somehow conduct said activities online. We ask everyone to take their responsibility and make well-informed decisions.

If you have to come to campus, you must follow the UT's general corona guidelines and check out the CampusCrowdMap. This app shows you the expected size of the crowd in our buildings, so you can decide for yourself what buildings you can safely visit and what buildings you should stay away from. For more background information about the campuscrowdmap, take a look at www.utwente.nl/campuscrowdmap.

Prevention

As a university, it is important to us that everyone can study and work safely on our campus. We therefore ask anyone visiting our campus and our buildings to follow the UT's general corona guidelines. While moving around in the university's buildings, wearing a face mask is mandatory. You can take off your face mask once you have sat down. Colleagues appointed to the role of corona coordinators help us oversee compliance with these regulations. We have:

  • Made wearing a face mask mandatory;
  • Introduced additional hygiene measures;
  • Modified the layout of our buildings to facilitate a safe distance of 1.5 metres;
  • Added instructions and routing to minimise the number of simultaneous movements;

If you do not feel safe on campus despite the preventative measures we have introduced, contact your supervisor or programme director. Wherever possible, we will provide additional accommodations to realise this.

Events

In our open-air theatre, performances can be held with a maximum of thirty visitors,  Cultural associations (e.g. music, dance, theatre) are allowed again to practice outdoors with a maximum group size of thirty people. On a small scale, the spaces in the Vrijhof building can be used again for such purposes.

Until further notice, no events can be held in the buildings on campus. As soon as this restriction is lifted, you can contact the Events department (events@utwente.nl) to determine whether your event can be held. If you wish to cancel an event, you can also contact events@utwente.nl. They can inform you about the steps you need to take.

Consult the Student Union's website for the guidelines for study associations. They have created a corona page with information and inspiration on how to offer UT students the same support and fun as before, albeit in accordance with the applicable guidelines and restrictions.

Doctoral degree defence and PhD defence
Since end of April, there are also limited possibilities for organising PhD defence ceremonies on campus again, in accordance with the same protocol that was in force this past autumn.

Graduation colloquia
From 1 June 2021, it will be possible to hold graduation ceremonies on campus again. It is up to the departments themselves whether they choose to hold ceremonies physically on campus or digitally.

Study areas at the University

Studying in groups

Spaces have been made available in Carré, Cubicus, Horst, Ravelijn and Technohal, where students can work together on their projects and assignments in a safe environment. These spaces can accommodate groups of up to 8-10 people. Up to a week ahead of time, students can reserve a space through the Resource Booker. Reservations will be possible starting Friday 23 April 2021.

Self-study

Self-study spaces are available in the University Library, Horst, Spiegel, Bastille, O&O square tent and Ravelijn. Recently the Student Union reopened the Wallstreet location in the centre of town. You are required to make a reservation for all locations via the Resource Booker.

Research

Lab-based research can continue during the coming period, albeit with strict observance of the applicable corona safety measures. External users can also continue to make use of these facilities.

Buildings and facilities

From 31 August, all UT buildings will be open during the standard opening hours.

Sports centre

Due to the curfew the Sports Centre has adjusted opening hours. Please go to the Sports Centre website for an overview of possibilities of outdoor sports.

Study associations

As of Monday, 15 March the boards of the associations with a boardroom on campus will have access to their rooms again for incidental use. They will be informed via the Student Union on the regulations and procedure.

Library

The University Library Vrijhof will remain open for UT students who do not have a suitable study environment at home (Opening Hours Library Vrijhof). Note that it is required to reserve a workspace in  the library. Only UT students with a valid reservation and student card may access the library. The library also facilitates printing, but a printer time slot reservation is required. The computer area is open and its fourteen plug-in screens (BYOD) are available. For more information about library services during Covid-19 please visit Covid-19: library services & updates.

Furthermore, ITC students can use the ITC library's sixty-one study areas for independent study from Wednesday to Friday (09:30-17:00). This location also has a Pick-Up & Return point that is open during office hours. It is located near the entrance of the ITC library.

Student Services

The physical desk of Student Services is only open by appointment and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 13:00. Of course, Student Services will be available by phone and email during all office hours.

If you have any questions or concerns that you wish to talk about, you can contact Student Services by calling 053-4892124. You can contact Student Services between the hours of 10:00 and 13:00. Alternatively, you can send an email to studentservices@utwente.nl.

Contact your student adviser if you have study-related questions or if you face serious financial troubles. ITC MSc students can contact Student Affairs via studentaffairs-itc@utwente.nl for all their questions.

Picking up goods

The various service desks for picking up goods will stay open. If you have ordered home office equipment, you can pick it up in the Faculty Club on Thursdays between 10:00 and 15:00.

Food and drinks

Catering partially open on campus. Take a look at the overview of the locations and the adjusted opening hours. Starbucks is open from Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:00 and offers coffee to go.

Students FAQ

  • Can I terminate my rental contract early?

    If you rent via UT Housing Office, you can contact them about terminating your rental contract. If you are leaving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been agreed with ITC/Stadsweide and De Veste to be lenient and terminate your contract. Housing Office will set the end date of your contract depending on the date on which you contacted them.

    If you rent via Camelot, you must contact them and they will review your situation. XIOR employs a three-month notice period and a €125 fine for early contract termination.

    Students who are not renting via UT Housing Office must contact their lessor themselves.

  • I returned home, but left all my belongings behind in my room. Can I get a discount on my rent?

    Unfortunately, that is not possible because you have signed a rental contract and your property is still in the room. That makes you the official tenant of the accommodation in question. Contact your student adviser if you face financial difficulties.

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