Free twice-weekly Covid tests for students with no symptoms

During August (starting Monday 2 August), the University rapid Covid-19 testing centres will only offer home lateral flow testing kits for collection. The testing centres will not be running rapid Covid-19 tests on site during this time.

Home test kits can be collected from:

  • Harcourt Hill Campus, main reception, Monday-Friday: 10.00am-3:30pm
  • Headington Campus, JHB Building reception, Monday-Friday: 11.00am-3:30pm
  • Swindon Campus, reception, Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Please continue to use lateral flow tests twice-weekly to help stop the spread of Covid-19: one in three people with Covid-19 does not display symptoms.

If you are not on campus you can access rapid Covid-19 tests (lateral flow) at a local NHS testing centre, by ordering them online or collect from a test site or a pharmacy participating in Pharmacy Collect.

International students and those travelling from overseas

If you have travelled to the UK from a "red list" or "amber list" country, you are required to quarantine on your arrival. Our Travel to the UK webpage gives you more information.

You must take two PCR Covid-19 tests during your quarantine. These must be booked pre-arrival and will incur a fee (prices range from £99-£395). You must book these via the dedicated government website. The rapid Covid-19 tests offered by the University DO NOT replace the two PCR tests you must take as part of your quarantine. Rapid Covid-19 tests will be available to you twice-weekly when your quarantine ends.

The International Student Advice Team can give advice to international students travelling to the UK and has a helpful Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guide, with advice on what you need to do and what you can do during your quarantine period. 

Please inform Oxford Brookes that you are quarantining using the Coronavirus reporting form. See the Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation webpage for more guidance on this.

When and where to get rapid Covid-19 tests

The current locations and opening hours for the home Covid-19 test kit collection points are as follows:

Home testing kit collection from 2 August

  • Harcourt Hill Campus, main reception, Monday-Friday: 10.00am-3.30pm
  • Headington Campus, reception, John Henry Brookes Building, Monday-Friday: 11.00am-3.30pm
  • Swindon Campus, reception, Monday-Friday: 8:30am-3:30pm

Booked appointments, walk ins and home testing kit collection until 1 August 

You can book your tests using our simple online booking system or visit a walk-in testing centre.

Booked appointments are available at our Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses. Walk-in tests are also available at these locations, subject to availability. 

  • Harcourt Hill Campus, Brookes Union bar area, Westminster Square
    • Tuesdays: 9.40am-12.40pm (testing only)
    • Fridays: 11.00am-3.00pm (home kit collection only)
  • Headington Campus, reception, John Henry Brookes Building
    • Monday and Thursday: 12:20pm-4:20pm (testing and home kit collection)
  • Swindon Campus, reception
    • Monday-Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm (home kit collection only)

Last appointments are 20 minutes before close. Last walk-ins are 40 minutes before close.

If you are not on campus, you can access rapid Covid-19 tests (lateral flow) at a local NHS testing centre, by ordering them online or collect from a test site or a pharmacy participating in Pharmacy Collect.

About the test

The test is self-administered. The test involves rubbing a swab (similar to a long cotton bud) at the back of your throat and up your nostril. Some LFD tests will involve rubbing a swab up both nostrils only. Please check which type of LFD test you have before starting.

Test results

Home tests show a result in 30 minutes.

Anyone whose test returns a positive outcome will need to self-isolate for 10 days. From 30 March 2021, you will also need to book a PCR test (NHS Covid test) to confirm your positive result in accordance with Government guidance. Please also inform Oxford Brookes using the Coronavirus reporting form. See the Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation webpage for more guidance on this.

If you test negative but are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should follow the instructions from NHS Test & Trace or from the Oxford Brookes Covid Response Team.

Home testing kits - collect from University testing centres

The University testing centres will be closed during August. You can collect rapid Covid-19 testing kits for you to collect and use at home from the receptions at Headington (John Henry Brookes Building), Harcourt Hill and Swindon campuses.. You won’t need an appointment to collect tests.

For home testing you will need to:

  1. Collect your kit
  2. Do your tests at home
  3. Record your results each time with the NHS and the University.

Home test kits contain seven tests and full instructions are included. A video demonstrating how to do a home test is available.

We recommend that you register for an NHS account - this will help to speed up the result recording process as you’ll need to login each time.

You should record all test results - positive and negative - via the NHS Test & Trace website: the web address is provided in the instruction leaflet. You should also record all test results on the University’s new Home LFD (Rapid) Testing Reporting Form. You should submit test results within 24 hours of carrying out the test.

When recording your result on the NHS Test & Trace website, it is important to indicate that you received the test kit from Oxford Brookes University by selecting the specific test site ID you collected your tests from. You will receive this code when you collect your tests. All test results linked to universities are reviewed by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education.

The Oxford Brookes University rapid Covid-19 test (LFD) privacy policy now includes home testing.

How to link your test results to the University

On the ‘Who was the test for?’ screen - select the second option “a nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider”.

In the NHS Test and Trace web portal, on the Who was the test for? screen - select the second option labelled “a nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider”.

On the next screen (you’ll only have to select this on the first time you do it), you can select which education provider. Please use the code you were given when you collected your tests to select the correct Oxford Brookes test centre.

In the NHS Test and Trace web portal, enter Oxford Brookes and select the site code.

Once you have submitted your result to NHS Test & Trace, please also submit your test result (negative or positive) to the new Home LFD (Rapid) Testing Reporting Form. You should submit test results within 24 hours of carrying out the test.