Mass testing for COVID-19

Get tested, break the line of transmission and keep your friends and family safe.

We are carrying out lateral flow antigen testing for our community on campus.

These tests can identify some (but not all) coronavirus cases in those who don't have any symptoms (asymptomatic).

  • You can register at the centre and take your test within 20 minutes. The test only takes 5 minutes.
  • NHS Test and Trace will send you your results by email or text.

Who should have a test

The government has asked that all students should take 2 tests 3 days apart before returning to campus.

  • Tests are freely available for all students who are eligible to be on campus.
  • Tests are only for those with NO symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not come for a lateral flow test. Find out what to do if you think you have coronavirus.

You will need to self-isolate for 10 days if you choose not to get tested when you return.

Book a coronavirus test

  • You should have 2 tests ideally leaving 3 days between the first and second test.
  • You can leave a gap of 4 or 5 days between tests if you are unable to get to a test site on day 3.
Mass lateral flow COVID-19 test sites
Test siteLocationDates openOpening times
Anson Rooms Richmond Building, Students' Union, BS8 1LN Monday 15 February to Wednesday 31 March Monday and Thursday: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm
All other days: 10 am to 5.30 pm
UWE Frenchay Campus UWE Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY Mondays and Thursdays until 31 March 4 pm to 5.30 pm
Langford Campus Equine Diagnostic Centre, Langford Campus, Stock Lane, BS40 5DU Monday 25 January to Wednesday 31 March 9 am to 1 pm every day except Saturday

The test sites are accessible. Further information about accessibility.

Find out how to get to the test sites.

To book your tests:

  • you can login once to make both bookings but you must leave a gap between the 2 tests
  • choose a test site, dates and time slots
  • enter your name, University of Bristol email address and contact number

We can only accept bookings made using your University of Bristol email address.

Book a test at Anson Rooms

Book a test at UWE, Frenchay Campus

Book a test at Langford

What happens after you have booked your test

You will receive a confirmation email that tells you:

  • what to do on the day of your test
  • how to reschedule or cancel your test if there are any problems

On the day

Arrive on time for your test slot. You may be turned away if you are late.

Bring the following to both the Anson Rooms and UWE, Frenchay test sites:

  1. Your University ID Card (UCard)
  2. Copy of your booking confirmation. This can be on your phone or as a paper copy
  3. Your phone. If you don't have one, we can help you during registration.
  4. A face covering. If you are exempt from wearing a face-covering please wear a visor to the site and tell a member of staff at the site about your situation so they can take necessary precautions.
  5. NHS number if you have one. It is not essential.

Accessibility and assisted testing

The Richmond Building is fully accessible and has a designated access route.

On the day if you need additional help with the process such as help with swabbing your throat or nose or reading instructions, tell staff when you arrive at the site. They will be able to help you.

Get your results

You will be sent your test result by text or email depending on which details you registered.

You should get your results within 1 to 2 hours of taking the test. If you have not received your results after 24 hours, call 119 in England and Wales, or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If you test positive

If you test negative

The Government advises that you take a second test 3 days after your first test. This will reduce the risk of passing on the infection to your fellow students and staff on campus.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus or are notified by NHS test and trace:

If you test negative but are close contact of a positive case

You must self-isolate for a period of 10 days. The 10-day period starts from the time you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you are at University. Find out what support is available to you if you are in self-isolation.

International students

We encourage all our international students to take a lateral flow test before they return to campus.

Read our information about international travel: restrictions and quarantine for updates about testing and arrival in the UK.

Students with in-person teaching or who attend campus regularly

Between 25 January and 15 February we are able to provide regular lateral flow testing for students who are:

  1. are regularly accessing our campus or,
  2. studying a course with in-person teaching activity
  3. working on a work placement in Bristol

Regular testing means 2 tests a week, 3 to 5 days apart, for each student who is eligible to be on campus or on a course with in-person activity.

We strongly encourage everyone attending campus to book regular tests to continue to keep staff and fellow students safe.

Use the same booking system as tests to return to campus. The test is a repeat of the Lateral flow test you have already had.

Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements

Find out more about travel and testing information for students on placements.

If you have a question

If you need help or have a question:

Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) trial

The DHSC is running a trial to check the quality of lateral flow device testing (LFD).
The trial is running at all sites taking part in LFD testing.

Taking part in the trial is voluntary. More information is available at the test sites. 

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