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Last week, the Dutch Government announced an important new step in reducing the number of rules and restrictions regarding COVID-19. The number of infections is decreasing and the number of people who become very ill or even die from them is dropping rapidly. The positive trend continues and that also offers the University of Twente possibilities to expand activities. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements concerning this page, fill out our corona contact form or send an email to the central information point info@utwente.nl.

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Work from home

The new advice from the government is: work at home if possible, work at the office is allowed if necessary. Make agreements with your manager about a good balance between home and work. An online portal for working from home is being established already, as part of Shaping2030. This portal will be launched soon, keep an eye out for any updates via the employee portal.

If you 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.

From September 25, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask when you are at the UT. Staying 1.5 metres apart is also no longer necessary, but, of course, you can still maintain social distancing or wear a face mask if you wish.

It remains important to follow the basic measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your elbow, do not shake hands.
  • Perform a self-test regularly.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms and get tested.

Masks remain mandatory when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or at the airport.

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

If you want to organise activities on campus in the upcoming period, please contact UT's event office at events@utwente.nl. This way, we keep an overview of what is happening, ensure that these activities can be kept in a safe manner and prevent places from becoming too busy. Also, for food and drinks, additional measures may apply.

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.

Graduations, inaugurations and farewell speeches

The current maximum number of attendees has been set at 75 for graduations, inaugural lectures and farewell speeches. As of 25 September only the basic measures apply and the maximum group size will be removed. However, the ventilation capacity of a room can still limit the group size for these gatherings. If a reception is given afterwards in a catering facility on campus, the obligation to be in possession of a Corona Access Certificate can be waived.

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. 

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, all with strict observance of the applicable corona safety measures. External users can also continue to make use of these facilities.

Buildings and facilities

All UT buildings are open during the standard opening hours.

Sports centre

As of Monday, 28 June the Sports Centre will be open during regular opening hours. Please go to the Sports Centre website for an overview of possibilities of outdoor sports.

Library

The University Library Vrijhof offers up to 370 study places following the new COVID-19 regulations. Furthermore, sixty study places are available at the library location at the ITC faculty. UT students still need to self-reserve via Resource Booker one of the study places at the Vrijhof Library. At the ITC Library location students can register upon arrival. Due to the current restrictions other visitors can contact the University Library before coming to the campus.The University Library also facilitates printing. A printer time slot reservation is required. The computer area is open and plug-in monitors (BYOD) are available.

For more information about library services please visit Covid-19: library services & updates.

Student Services

If you have any questions or concerns that you wish to talk about, you can contact Student Services by calling 053-489 2124. You can contact Student Services between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00. 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. The home office equipment will be delivered to the UT workplace of employees.

Food and drinks

Catering is partially open on campus. Take a look at the overview of the locations of our canteens and the adjusted opening hours. Starbucks and Subway are open. For an overview of all our restaurants go to www.utwente.nl/en/campus/facilities/restaurants-and-hotels/.

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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