Travel to campus and COVID-19

There are currently some extra things to consider when travelling to Stirling because of current COVID-19 guidance. Read more about travelling internationally and locally.

Latest guidance on international travel and self-isolation (quarantine)

If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on international travel. When you arrive in Scotland from abroad what you must do depends on:

  • whether the country or area you’ve travelled from is on the red list
  • whether you can evidence you are fully vaccinated

Find out more about self-isolation (quarantine) information for international arrivals.

International arrivals and vaccination

It is not a requirement that international students are vaccinated in order to enter the UK to study. But, you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated before you arrive, if possible. Check the Scottish Government website for the most up to date information on vaccinations and entry into Scotland. You will also need to go to the UK government website to see the vaccines that have been approved for entry into the UK.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that international students will be included in the national vaccination programme, so you will be able to get the vaccine in Stirling if you have not had a vaccination in your country. More information on vaccines for international students can be found on the Student Information Scotland website.

A drop-in vaccination centre is operating on campus in the Pathfoot building. Find out more.


Quarantine for students arriving from outside the UK

If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland and managed isolation (quarantine). You can also find more information on our self-isolation (quarantine) for international arrivals page.

Students arriving into Glasgow or Edinburgh International airports from Scottish Government red list countries can now book to complete their 10 day (11 night) managed isolation period in University accommodation. The University will cover the costs for the on-campus managed isolation accommodation for any student beginning or returning to their studies this semester. Find out more and book.

Police Registration

International students who need to register with Police Scotland won’t be penalised if you don’t register at a police station within seven days upon arrival to the UK if you are required to self-isolate. Read more about police registration.

Collecting your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit)

UK Visas and Immigration have confirmed that the Post Office will hold onto your BRP for a longer period due to COVID-19 and that students required to self-isolate should follow the isolation period first. You should only attempt collection of the BRP once you have completed the self-isolation period.

General travel and public transport guidance

Transport Scotland has issued advice on how to travel safely in and around Scotland. You should follow their guidance for your own safety and the safety of others.

Make travel arrangements

If required, you can pre-book a taxi from your arrival airport/train station using Stirling Taxi’s online system.

When travelling to Stirling, whether by public transport or taxi you must wear a face covering by law.

If you think you are exempt from wearing a face covering, e.g. on health grounds, please check the latest guidance on wearing face coverings.

Travel in and around Stirling

The University campus is served by a number of transport links and service providers. Below you’ll find links to the latest information from these providers and general guidance from Transport Scotland about the latest procedures in place when using public transport in Scotland.

By bus

Multiple bus routes and providers serve the University campus. You can find information on each provider's website about restrictions or specific guidelines that are in place on their services. Typical examples include the preferred use of contactless payment and social distancing measures for seating.

By bike

Our campus is a hub for the nextbike and Forth Bike bicycle sharing schemes. Both services are still operating in Stirling. The Forth Environment Link and nextbike websites include guidance about safe use of their bicycles at this time.

Getting here by air

If part of your journey to Stirling involves flying, you should familiarise yourself with any restrictions your airline have put in place. You should also check the latest information from your departure and arrival airports.

For general information on flying, and getting to campus from the airport, see our getting here by air advice. 

Travelling by car

Staff or students that need to travel to campus by car should avoid sharing in a vehicle with people who are not members of your household or extended household as much as possible. See the Scottish Governments guidelines on travelling safely and car sharing.