Free twice-weekly Covid tests for students with no symptoms

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Test to travel - protect your mates (and your lecturers)

Please take a lateral flow test before you return to campus after the festive period

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The University has collection points on campuses for students and staff to collect rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 home test kits. The testing centres will not be running rapid Covid-19 tests on campuses.

Home test kits can be collected from:

  • Gipsy Lane site, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building reception, Monday - Friday: 11.00am - 3:30pm
  • Harcourt Hill Campus, main reception, Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 2:00pm
  • Marston Road site, Headington Campus, main reception, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm 
  • Swindon Campus, reception, Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Wheatley Campus, reception, Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 1.00pm.

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

When and where to get rapid (lateral flow) 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

  • Gipsy Lane site, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building reception, Monday - Friday: 11.00am - 3:30pm
  • Harcourt Hill Campus, main reception, Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 2:00pm
  • Marston Road site, Headington Campus, main reception, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm
  • Swindon Campus, reception, Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Wheatley Campus, reception, Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 1.00pm.


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

Test to return

Update: 7 January 2022

To help stop the spread of Covid-19, the Government is asking all students and staff to take a lateral flow test before they travel back to university at the start of the semester.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test

Lateral flow tests are simple, fast and free and we strongly encourage all students who wish to return safely to take them.

How to test to return

  • Continue to test twice-weekly with lateral flow tests when you're away from University
  • Take a lateral flow test on the day you intend to return
  • If the test is positive - self-isolate immediately, please do not travel
  • If the test is negative - you can travel back to campus
  • Please remember to report your test results to the NHS and to the University through the Home LFD (Rapid) Testing Reporting Form.

You must isolate immediately if:

  • you currently have Covid symptoms or
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed case and are not exempt from self-isolation.

You should also report a positive test result, or if you are self-isolating, to the University via the Coronavirus reporting form

Travelling outside the UK

If you are travelling overseas, you may be required to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to travel and before returning to the UK. Please note that the lateral flow test you can collect from the University is NOT the same as a PCR test. If you need a PCR test for travel purposes, you should organise this with a private provider and you cannot use a free NHS PCR test for this purpose.

We advise you to check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website for the latest information about entry to your destination country and the government webpages for your return to the UK, including any requirements to quarantine.

Home test kits - lateral flow test kits

The University has rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 test kits for you to collect and use at home. 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. 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.

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 rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 tests will involve rubbing a swab up both nostrils only. Please check which type of rapid (lateral flow) Covid-19 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. You will also need to book a PCR test (NHS Covid-19 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.

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 Oxford Brookes.

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.