Know Your COVID Rights


Knowing your rights as you navigate the current pandemic is vital, so we’re here to make sure you’re up to scratch on everything including Personal Circumstances, Rent Strikes & international students' rights!


Not much has changed in the way of your rights as a student, but the few changes that have been enforced are important and could be the difference between you being able to stand up for your own fair treatment vs. you not knowing where you stand on things like extensions, rent payments and mitigations. The changes may be few, but they’re anything but minor.


This is when serious and exceptional issues happen that are outside of your control, that have impacted your ability to undertake and complete your academic work.


Serious and exceptional issues can range from Health-related issues – both physical and mental health, bereavement and during this time under the Covid-19 Pandemic can also include IT issues (equipment and access to the internet), changes to caring responsibilities or domestic responsibilities impacted by Covid-19, having too self-isolate.


For more information on your Personal Circumstance rights, click here.


Rent Strikes are happening at universities across the UK at the moment in response to the current guidance that has been enforced by the government regarding student accommodation. Many students are left feeling angry and taken advantage of as they’re told to not return to university but are having to continue to pay their rent.

While rent strikes can be an effective act of political rebellion, it also comes with a lot of risks. If you’re wanting to join the rent strikes, it is crucial that you are up to scratch on your rights so that you can make an informed decision.

Click here for your rights and the risks involved with rent striking.

JMSU is aware that international students are understandably concerned about the coronavirus and the potential impact on their academic and personal lives in the UK.  JMSU and LJMU are currently following the latest advice for the UK from the Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As the situation develops, we will continue to update our webpages so keep checking our website and social media pages for the latest advice and guidance. 

LJMU has also released some important guidance for International Students which you can read here.

Read more on your rights as an international student here.