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Info for international students during Coronacrisis

5 rules of thumb to live together in a student residence covid proof

1. Thank you for keeping the visitors few

Since September 1st there are no more restrictions to the number of people allowed to gather at home. However, please keep in mind your housemates as much as possible: if you receive visitors at the residence, this also affects your fellow students (since they’re walking around in the hallway, use the shared bathrooms and other common rooms).

Organize yourself as well as possible as a group to avoid coming into contact with a lot of social groups (unwantedly) at the student residence. Therefore, please limit the number of visitors at the student residence under the slogan ‘thank you for keeping the visitors few’.

Meeting outdoors remains the best option to meet up for all sorts of group activities.

2. Ventilate frequently

Open the window(s) of your room a few times a day for 30 minutes. Ventilate the common areas frequently (kitchen, living room,…). Using the staircase is recommended. Preferably use the elevator one person at a time (unless it’s a group of people pertaining to the same social contact group). 

3. When using the shared sanitary facilities:

  • Put the lid of the toilet down before flushing.
  • Wash your hands carefully with soap after every toilet break and dry them with a paper towel. Hasn’t the landlord provided paper towels? Ask if they can do so or dry your hands with your own towel.

4. When using the shared kitchen:

  • Try, whenever possible, to maintain a safe distance.
  • Don’t share plates, mugs/glasses, cutlery, (kitchen)towels,… with other people. Wash everything you use carefully with hot water and liquid soap before and after use.

5. Apply the basic hygiene rules:

  • Regularly wash your hands with water and soap (40 to 60 seconds).
  • Touch your face with your hands as little as possible.
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow or cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Use disposable tissues and throw them in a closed wastebin immediately after use. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Isolate yourself if you’re sick or have symptoms and consult a doctor.

More questions?

  • For all possible info and questions about covid & students: check STAN’s website.
  • Contact a Kotweb employee of your university or college (only for students of the University of Antwerp, KDG, AP Hogeschool, Antwerp Maritime Academy, KU Leuven’s campus in Antwerp, Thomas More and the Tropical Institute of Medicine.
  • Call the federal government’s Infoline 08 001 46 89