Living Off-Campus During the Pandemic

According to the CDC, you and your roommate(s) should only leave your house/apartment when absolutely necessary. Essential errands include going to in-person classes, the grocery store, pharmacy, or medical appointments that cannot be delayed.
If you must leave the house, please do the following:

  • Choose one or two members who are not at a higher risk to run the essential errands.
  • Wear a mask, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and follow these recommended tips for running errands.
  • If feasible, use forms of transportation that minimize close contact with others (e.g., biking, walking, driving or riding by car either alone or with household members).
  • If necessary to use public transportation:
    • Maintain a 6-foot distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces such as handrails, and wash hands or use hand sanitizers as soon as possible after leaving.
    • Follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself when using transportation.
    • Try to commute during less busy times.
    • Clean your hands as soon as possible after the trip.
  • If necessary to ride in a car with members of different households:
    • Limit close contact and create space between others in the vehicle as possible.
    • Improve air flow in the car by opening the window or placing air conditioning on non-recirculation mode.
  • Wash your hands immediately after you return home.
  • Maintain as much physical distance as possible with those at higher risk in the home. For example, avoid hugging, kissing, or sharing food or drinks.

Talk to your roommates and have a plan ready in case you get sick.