Student taking a COVID test on campus

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Separation from others for a period of time is an important additional step in breaking the chain of community transmission, and we provide dedicated spaces for students living in University residence halls and apartments.

Isolation is for students who have either tested positive or who have symptoms and are awaiting a test or test results. Quarantine is for students who have been determined to be a close contact (having spent at least 15 minutes or more and within six feet) of someone who has COVID-19.

Isolation and quarantine spaces include a private bedroom and bathroom (some buildings may have a reserved bathroom outside of the assigned room). Students will receive guidance and health checks from Boynton Health professionals as well as support from Housing staff. 

What is provided

The length of time that students are in isolation or quarantine varies but can be up to 10-14 days. Rooms include the following items:

  • mini-refrigerator and microwave
  • a personal thermometer
  • two disposable face masks
  • a bottle of hand sanitizer and a box of tissues
  • three bottles of water (additional water will be included with your daily food delivery) 
  • linen and towel packets (two sets of each)
  • pillows and blankets (two of each)
  • cleaner and disinfectant
  • paper towels and toilet paper
  • trash can liners (also used for soiled linen and towels)

What you should bring

We recommend students needing to isolate or quarantine bring enough supplies for up to two weeks. See our packing list for more suggestions. 

  • cell phone, laptop, and chargers
  • textbooks, course notes, other supplies for courses
  • toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush & paste, shampoo, body wash, etc.) 
  • medications (contact Boynton Pharmacy for prescription delivery options)
  • personal blankets or pillows if desired
  • additional face coverings   
  • books, video games, etc. for personal use
  • preferred snacks & food to supplement provided M Dining meals
  • clothing for up to two weeks

Dining & Deliveries

Students completing isolation or quarantine cannot leave their space for personal and community safety reasons. Students in isolation & quarantine will receive a daily contactless delivery of meals from M Dining. Additional instructions and a link to place your daily meal order will be emailed once you start the isolation/quarantine process.

If students in isolation or quarantine receive mail or packages, those are delivered to their space by Housing staff via contactless delivery. Information Desks may only accept packages received through U.S. mail or by a bonded delivery service such as UPS, FedEx, etc. 

DO NOT attempt to retrieve deliveries yourself. Contact the information desk or your Residence Director and it will be delivered to your room along with your next meal delivery (daily between 4-6 pm). 

See FAQs below for additional details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Taking Care

Completing isolation or quarantine is not only a difficult experience physically if you are ill, but one that will likely be emotionally taxing for many. While in-person contact must be limited to avoid spreading the virus, our staff are here to support your mental health as well as your physical recovery. 

You should not visit the Information Desk in person; instead use the main phone number to call if you need something. If you have non-urgent questions, use the building email account. This is monitored by a professional staff member daily Monday-Friday. Find contact information for each building on housing.umn.edu/contact.

Whenever our business office is closed there is a Community Advisor On Duty (weekdays: 4:30pm-8:00am; weekends: 24 hours). Students will receive an instruction packet with your building’s On Duty staff phone number. 

Also, you do not need to be emotionally isolated from people in your support network. We encourage you to set up lots of calls and virtual hangouts with friends and family to ensure you are staying connected to your community. 

Visit the following websites for additional campus resources and opportunities: