Lent Term updates 2021- coronavirus

Coronavirus updates February 2021 

Student rent

Colleges will not charge students who are not able to return to Cambridge as a result of the current government legislation and guidance. 

Students who are not able to return to Cambridge as a result of the current government lockdown legislation and guidance will not be charged rent. This is with effect from 1 January 2021, until further notice. Those who have returned to College accommodation during Lent Term 2021 will be charged rent from 1 January 2021. Rent bills for those in residence will now be issued on Friday 22 January and the payment deadline is Friday 12 February. 

Government and University guidelines dictate that, during the national lockdown, movement in term-time between home and University is to be strictly avoided unless essential. In exceptional circumstances where a student has to return home unexpectedly for personal reasons, the rent situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the relevant Tutor.  Similarly, if a student based at home has cause to return to College (with prior permission from their Tutor and the Senior Tutor) on a date on or after Tuesday 2nd February (2 weeks after the start of Full Term), rent will be charged from the date of arrival. 

Full details of Rent for the Lent Term

Visitor policy and social bubbles

The visitor policy has been updated to reflect that all Colleges have agreed that social bubbles formed by single students must be within their own College. No cross-College student bubbles are permitted. 

Read the updated visitor policy

Face coverings – updated policy

Face coverings are now required at all times in all indoor work or study settings on the main College site, even if two-metre social distancing can be achieved. The only exceptions are for people working in single occupancy rooms with closed doors, when eating or drinking, or for people who are exempt. Face coverings should be carried at all times. 

This requirement does not apply on the Paddock, in the Fellows’ Garden, Scholars’ Garden, or on the Playing Fields.

Study spaces now open

All Saints Passage study rooms are now open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Spaces must be booked. The kitchenette cannot be used as it is not possible to regulate the use of it or keep it clean. They are open from 9am-7pm with a maximum of two people per booking and a three-hour time limit per booking. Booking is via the Public Rooms booking system. Entrance is through the gates into Corfield Court and on the right.

Ante-Chapel is also now available as study space from 9.30am to 5pm every day. Chairs and tables are available but it isn’t a conventional study space: the lighting can be poor when the weather is overcast, it can be a bit draughty and there are no power sockets available. There might also be organ practice happening at times! But you are very welcome to give it a try. Up to 12 people will be able to use it at any one time. No booking/reservation required. Please enter via the Chapel Court door, and exit via the First Court door. There will be signage directing you, with additional reminders about Covid-19 security (including a cleaning protocol). The study space is only available during Full Term.


The main Chapel is unlocked twice a day to give members of College access to the whole space. The Chapel itself is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, and from 11.30am-12.30pm the main Chapel will be unlocked for members of College to use to relax, pray, work, or read. Someone will be on duty during this period to make sure all of the Covid-19 rules are followed, but do make use of the space to have a change of scene.

In-person worship in Chapel has resumed for the 8.30am Sunday College Communion for resident members of College. It is also being livestreamed on the SJC Chaplain Facebook group page for those who can’t attend. 

Other Chapel services continue to be delivered online and full details are on the Chapel section of the website. 


The Buttery now opens from 6-7pm every night for takeaways. 

The daytime takeaway service continues to be available from the Buttery from 11.30am-1.30pm, and hot drinks are being served as takeaways from the Bar between 10am and 6pm every day.

Fellows, students and staff can now take their takeaway lunch and dinner meals in to the Hall to eat. The space is available for dining only (not as a study space). There will be 2.5m spacing between diners, a member of catering staff supervising, and cleaning will take place between each user.

A grocery click and collect service from the Bar is still available on Upay.  


Maintenance services are continuing. Urgent requests will be prioritised and non-urgent tasks may be delayed until the situation improves.


The team of Porters will continue to work as they have throughout the pandemic. The Forecourt Lodge entrance and the Cripps entrance will continue to be open and staffed.

Covid-19 helpdesk

The College’s Covid-19 helpdesk deals with all policy and guidance questions relating to the College’s response to Covid-19. It is staffed between 8am and 5pm seven days a week. Do get in touch if you have any questions.

View the weekly College Bulletins for the latest updates at St John’s.

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