Student taking a COVID test on campus

Isolation and Quarantine

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 tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine is recommended for students who are not feeling well, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who may have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

What should I do?

What is provided

Isolation/quarantine spaces include a private bedroom and bathroom (some buildings may have a reserved bathroom outside of the assigned room). 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 bring enough supplies for up to 10 days. 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 or beverages
  • clothing for up to 10 days
  • Apartment Residents only: bring food and any necessary equipment (pot, pan, plate, utensils)

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. Both are monitored by a professional staff member. Find contact information for each building on housing.umn.edu/contact.

Whenever our business office is closed there is an On Duty staff member (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: