St. Andrew’s Hall Covid-19 response

St. Andrew’s Hall (SAH) has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation experience for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of staff and residents remain our first priority and we continue to work closely with our partner The Vancouver School of Theology and other associated colleges of UBC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines of the Province of British Columbia.

We are committed to building healthy, positive communities in residence and are looking at ways to engage residents virtually while maintaining the health and safety of our staff and residents. Please be constantly aware of social distance: 2 metres (6 feet) between people at all times is the minimum recommendation. 

Cleaning of all shared/public spaces continues to be one of SAH’s top priorities, with the use of appropriate products to disinfect surfaces and kill viruses. There has been increased focus on high-touch surfaces such as door handles. In addition, public gathering space has been limited including access to the SAH Centre, 3rd floor study room, etc.  SAH staff are equipped with appropriate personal safety equipment (gloves, masks and sanitizing wipes).  Please follow these rules:

  • The on-going physical distancing between staff and students/residents who come to the main floor housing office
  • Only 2 people in the main office front desk area at any given time
  • Only 1 person permitted to access mailboxes at any given time
  • Only 1 person or one couple/family in the elevator at a time
  • No guests are permitted in St. Andrew’s Hall residences until further notice, with the exception of those helping residents move in or out.  In that case, guests helping residents should wear a non-medical mask.
  • Sanitizing wipes, disinfecting liquid, gloves, and masks are available for staff to use at the main floor housing office

Tips for staying healthy 

Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

The current precautions for COVID-19 are the same as for influenza (the flu) and other common respiratory infections:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
  • Dispose of tissues appropriately.
  • Wearing of a mask is encouraged in public spaces like hallways and laundry facilities in the residence.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Stay in your room or home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people.
  • Clean objects and surfaces that many people touch, such as doorknobs, phones, and television remotes. 
  • Get your influenza vaccine. 
  • Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong. 
  • Get plenty of rest or sleep.

Physical or social distancing and self-isolation are non-pharmaceutical infection control approaches used to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease.  Physical distancing means putting distance between yourself and other people.  Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. If you have flu-like symptoms, stay in your room.

If you have travelled lately or have been in contact with anyone who might have COVID-19 and you have any of the following symptoms, take steps to reduce the risk: fever, sneezing, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing. Seek medical guidance by calling your health care provider or HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 and follow their directions. If you suspect you are sick, avoid visiting people in long term care, or individuals with health concerns.

How do I know when to get tested for COVID-19? The BC government has developed a self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to. If you are concerned about the intensity or duration of your symptoms, please contact your doctor or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1, a free provincial health information and advice phone line.

Traveling to SAH from outside of Canada & Testing Positive for COVID-19 at SAH

If you are arriving from outside of Canada

If you are returning to Canada, we ask that you do not return to St. Andrew’s Hall residence at this time.  Please inform the housing office of your return to Vancouver ( and begin a 14 day self-isolation in a different location (family, friends, hotel, Airbnb, etc.).   According to the Canadian government website, those entering Canada will be asked if they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine and student residences are specifically named as a place NOT to do so:

For those with more questions regarding self-isolation please be in contact with UBC health services:  For immediate medical attention please dial 911.

Residents who test positive for COVID-19

If a SAH resident is feeling unwell, try to stay in your unit and avoid using shared residence facilities such as laundry rooms or the elevator before getting tested for Covid-19. Contact BC health services listed above. Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will immediately inform SAH staff by calling or emailing the Housing Office or texting their Community Coordinator (Com Co) and will have to self-isolate in their unit for the quarantine period.  If the resident with positive results on a Covid-19 test is in a Quad room, efforts will be made to have the individual self-isolate in another vacant SAH room, if possible.  Additional cleaning and sanitizing will be completed in the shared spaces that may have been impacted by a resident who tests positive.  The SAH Chaplain will be informed and efforts will be made, where possible, to support residents with practical help such as groceries, etc.

Options for those with signed residential agreements with SAH:

If you have already signed a residential agreement with SAH, the online delivery of classes may impact your decision. Here are three options for you to consider:

  1. Take no action and move into the SAH residence

If you have already signed a residential agreement to live on-campus this fall and wish to remain, you do not need to do anything.  We look forward to welcoming you to SAH. 

  1. Cancel your housing to live on campus

 By cancelling your signed residential agreement, you will no longer be considered for on-campus housing for the Fall term. Should you wish to be considered for housing for a future term, you will be required to submit another housing application.

 Section 8 of the residential agreement is as follows: 

Cancellation of the Residential Agreement prior to Move-in Date

The Resident may cancel the Residential Agreement prior to the Move-in Date by providing written notice to the Owner/Landlord, however, the Security Deposit and the first month’s Residence Fees will be forfeited.

  1. Cancel and re-apply for residence in January 2021

We are unable to guarantee availability in January 2021 but invite those who cancel their residential agreement and wish to live on campus beginning in the new year to make a new application online at