Guide

# COVID-19 symptom-free test centre

We are offering symptom-free COVID-19 tests (opens new window) to all students, so that you can return to campus safely. Tests are free and will take 10 minutes (in most cases, the result will be texted to you within 30 minutes of the test).

Tip:

In line with government advice, we strongly urge everyone attending campus to get a symptom-free COVID-19 test before accessing any work or study spaces - this is to keep everyone as safe as possible while on campus. If you are attending on a regular basis, you should have two tests each week, three days apart. For occasional attendance, you should take one test as close to before you are due on campus as possible. Over the semester/block break in April, you can access testing in your local area (opens new window) before coming to campus.

# Do not use this test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

The tests being used at this centre are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms or who are asymptomatic. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend this test; instead, book a symptomatic test now (opens new window) and report your symptoms to us (opens new window) so that we can offer you appropriate support.

# Book a symptom-free COVID-19 test now

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 test booking system (opens new window). Choose a date and fill out your details before selecting 'schedule appointment'.

# The test: what to expect and what you need to bring

You will get an email reminder one day before your test. On the day of your test you need to:

  1. Enter Priory Building (Sports Hall) via the side entrance (on the left-hand side of the main entrance as you are facing the building).
  2. Allow 30 minutes for the appointment and arrive 5 minutes before your allocated time.
  3. Register for your test when you arrive. Please bring your mobile phone with you as you will need this to scan a QR code and enter your details on the gov.uk website. Staff will be available on the day to help you with registration.
  4. Once you are registered, you will be directed to a waiting area, before taking your test.


The test is a simple swab to your nose and throat (that you do yourself). View the guide on how to do this (opens new window).

# You will need to bring:

  • A face covering (if you are exempt, please bring a face visor instead)
  • Your student ID card
  • Your mobile phone

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Tip:

Tests are free and voluntary. You don’t have to get tested but we strongly encourage you to do so to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

# Getting your results and what to do next

You will receive a message with your results by text or email, depending on which details you provide when you register. In most cases, results will be available 30 minutes after taking a test. If you have not received your results after five days, please call NHS 119.

If your first result is positive, you will be advised to book a free NHS (PCR) test for further confirmation of your result. If you do get a positive result, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and report your result to us (opens new window) so that we can offer you any further support you might need.

Tip:

The tests at this centre are Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) (opens new window), specifically for the rapid testing of people with no symptoms. If you want to travel internationally - or you are returning from international travel - you will probably be required to have a PCR test, which you need to book through the NHS (opens new window). Check the requirements for international travel (opens new window) before booking your test.