Quarantine Hotel Cost Support Fund

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the University has committed to underwrite the quarantine hotel cost for those students arriving on campus for the 2021/22 academic year from ‘red-listed’ countries. In order to qualify students must be domiciled in a ‘red-listed’ country according to the official UK government listing.


All students who are personally incurring quarantine hotel cost upon arrival in the UK are eligible to apply. Please note students domiciled in a country not on the red list, but who travel to Manchester via a red list country will not be eligible for support.

Only those students who are starting or continuing their course in academic year 2021/22 and who will be arriving in the UK before 31st December 2021 will be eligible to apply for the fund.

What costs can I claim for?

We will reimburse the cost of a required ‘quarantine stay’ in a government approved hotel, if you are travelling from a designated ‘red list’ country at the start of the 2021 academic year. Please note you cannot claim for any costs incurred by dependants. The fund will not cover the cost of PCR tests for students arriving for the 2021/22 academic year.

Please note if you are sharing hotel quarantine costs with someone other than a family member or dependant then you will be reimbursed your share of the total cost. For example, if you are in paired quarantine with a fellow student and the total quarantine hotel cost is £2,400, the University will look to reimburse you for your share of that cost i.e. £1,200.

What evidence is required?

Alongside the details required in the application form you will need to provide evidence/proof of the expense being claimed for.

We will accept receipts, invoices, email confirmations, and/or credit card and bank statements that detail the expense. 

Can I apply in advance?

No, international students should have provided evidence of sufficient funds to cover costs as part of their visa application, therefore, should have enough funds to cover initial quarantine costs and be reimbursed later.

Applications can be made from 1st August 2021 and only in respect of quarantine hotel costs for those students arriving on campus for the 2021/22 academic year.

How do I make a claim?

Claimants will need to fully complete the application form and submit it (alongside the required evidence) to redlistsupport@manchester.ac.uk using the subject heading ‘Quarantine Hotel Expense Claim.’

When will I know if my application has been successful?

All applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students notified of a decision as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified by email.

In order to receive a payment students must ensure they have submitted their UK bank details online.

Advice for international students studying remotely who need to set up a UK bank account can be found here.

Help and contacts

If you have any questions regarding making an application please contact redlistsupport@manchester.ac.uk and one of the team will be able to advise you.

The guidelines for the Quarantine Hotel Cost Support Fund can be found here.