Check if you need to book twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests

17 March 2021

Covid-19 testing, person with green gloves and laptop

Since the beginning of February, the number of students coming for rapid Covid-19 tests has almost doubled - thank you to everyone who is testing regularly to keep each other safe.

As more people are now coming onto campus, here is a reminder of who needs to book free, rapid Covid-19 tests:

  • All students and staff who are coming onto campus and do not have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Students who commute, live in private accommodation or in halls/University-managed accommodation - if you’re coming onto campus, please get two tests, three days apart each week
  • Even if you’ve had one or both doses of the vaccine, you still need to have rapid Covid-19 tests - you could still pass on Covid-19.

You don’t need to book twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests on campus if you’re:

  • Already using lateral flow tests provided by your placement, place of work or through the schools testing programme
  • Not coming onto campus at all.
Rapid Covid-19 tests are not for:

Why should you get tested twice-weekly?

  • We use the rapid Covid-19 tests because research has shown that one in three people with Covid-19 doesn’t show symptoms - this means that they will be spreading Covid-19 to other people without realising.
  • Our Covid-secure testing centres are in Headington (now located in The Terrace, John Henry Brookes Building), Harcourt Hill (Westminster Hall) and Swindon (G.04). These testing centres have been rigorously health and safety checked and meet Covid-secure standards, which means that you are not at greater risk of catching Covid-19 while you’re in the testing centre.
  • Regular testing stops the spread of Covid-19, keeps case numbers down, keeps face-to-face teaching running, keeps things on track to welcome more students back to campus.
  • It’s free, quick, painless and helps us to keep each other safe.

The rapid Covid-19 testing webpage has more details about the testing centres, how to book, and how you receive results.

The Test & Trace and Self-isolation webpage has more information on support the University offers if you’re self-isolating with a positive result.