Mass lateral flow testing for COVID-19
Get tested, break the line of transmission and keep our campus and each other safe.
These tests can identify some (but not all) coronavirus cases in people who don't have any symptoms (asymptomatic).
On this page
When to get tested
Get tested regularly. If you regularly attend campus or live in a university residence you should have 2 tests, 3 to 5 days apart, every week. If you are returning to the campus for the first time you should have 2 tests 3 to 5 days apart before returning.
If you are leaving Bristol or moving to a new household you should have 2 tests 3 to 5 days apart before you leave.
If you need a PCR test
If you've been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or you've been asked to get a PCR test, book a test at our mobile site.
How to get a test
There are several ways to get a test. Choose the most convenient for you:
- Collect lateral flow tests from campus to do at home
- Book to have a test on campus if you need guidance on how to administer the test
- If you cannot get to campus get a test locally or sent to you
Collect lateral flow tests from campus
When you collect a test
You will receive a 2 boxes of 7 test kits and instructions on how to carry out the tests and report the result.
From 27 September we will have both:
- tests that require nasal and throat swabs supplied by Innova and
- tests the only require nasal swabs supplied by Flowflex
Detailed instructions on how to take the test are included in the kit boxes.
When to take the test
Take 2 tests a week as part of your regular routine. As an example, take a test on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Report your result
Report the result of your test within 24 hours. You must do this even if the result is negative.
Collect more test kits when you need them.
|Collection site||Location||Dates open||Opening times|
|Royal Fort House||Royal Fort House, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1UH||Until end of term||Monday and Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Langford Vets||Langford Vets Stores, Langford Campus, BS40 5DU||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Arts Complex||Estates Assistants Lodge, Arts Complex, 7 Woodland Road, BS8 1TB||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Priory Road Complex||Estate Assistants Lodge, 2F6 Priory Road Complex, 8 Woodland Road, BS8 1TN||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|School of Physics||Estates Assistants Lodge, HH Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TL||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Life Sciences||Estates Assistants Lodge, Life Sciences Building, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TQ||
Until 30 September
|Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|School of Anatomy||Estates Assistants Lodge, School of Anatomy 32 Southwell Street, BS2 8EJ||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Queens Building||Estates Assistants Lodge, Queens Building, University Walk, BS8 1TR||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Biomedical Sciences Building||Estates Assistants Lodge, Biomedical Sciences Building, Tankards Close, BS8 1TD||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|School of Chemistry||Estates Assistants Lodge, School of Chemistry, Cantock's Close, BS8 1TS||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Merchant Venturers Building||Estates Assistants Lodge, Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, BS8 1UB||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Wills Memorial Building||Estates Assistants Lodge, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, BS8 1RJ||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|School of Education||Estates Assistants Lodge, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Victoria Rooms||Estates Assistants Lodge, Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, BS8 1SA||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|The Richmond Building||Estates Assistants Lodge, The Richmond Building, 105 Queens Road, BS8 1LN||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Anson Rooms Porter's Lodge||Richmond Building, Students' Union, BS8 1LN||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
|Dorothy Hodgkin Building||Estates Assistants Lodge Whitson Street BS1 3NY||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
|Coombe Dingle Sports Complex||Coombe Lane, BS9 2BJ||Until end of term||Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm|
Book a coronavirus test
- Register at our test centre and take your test within 20 minutes.
- The test only takes 5 minutes.
- Tests are free and results are sent directly to you, not to the University.
|Test site||Location||Dates open||Opening times|
|Royal Fort House||Royal Fort House, Tyndall Ave, Bristol BS8 1UH||Until end of term||Monday and Thursday 9 am to 5 pm|
To book your test:
- choose your date and time slot
- enter your name, University of Bristol email address and contact number
We can only accept bookings made using your University of Bristol email address.
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. Bring the following:
- Your University ID Card (UCard)
- Copy of your booking confirmation. This can be on your phone or as a paper copy
- Your phone. If you don't have one, we can help you during registration.
- 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.
- NHS number if you have one. It is not essential.
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
- Book a follow-up coronavirus test on the same day or as soon as possible
- Go to a test site as this is faster than requesting a home test. You can leave your accommodation for the follow-up test.
- You and everyone in your household must self-isolate for 10 days. This includes the day of the test and the next 10 full days. Find out what support is available if you are in self-isolation.
- Tell us by completing the coronavirus self-reporting form.
Follow up test
If you have a follow up test within 2 days and the result is:
- negative, you and your household can stop self-isolating
- positive, you and your household must self-isolate for 10 full days from the time of the positive LFD test or when symptoms start
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.
If you cannot get to campus
If you cannot get to campus you can order tests to do at home locally.
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or community test site:
- Find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests
- Find a test site where you can collect rapid tests
Or you can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kit.
We encourage all our international students to take lateral flow tests, as with all our students.
These lateral flow tests are not a substitute for the PCR testing requirements the UK Government has for international arrival to the UK.
Read our information about international travel: restrictions and quarantine for updates about testing and arrival in the UK.
Undergraduate students on study and work abroad placements
Find out more about travel and testing information for students on placements.
Find out how and where to book a COVID-19 vaccination.
If you have a question
If you need help or have a question email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile PCR coronavirus test site
As infection rates are rising, we encourage you to get tested so we can identify infection early and help you to self-isolate.
Who can use the site
The site is open to all University of Bristol students, staff and local residents.
The service is for both people with and without symptoms (asymptomatic).
If you have symptoms
You and everyone you live with should self-isolate immediately and not leave home until you get your test results. You can leave home to get or post a test.
If you don't have symptoms (asymptomatic)
You can also use this service if:
- you've been in contact with someone who's tested positive
- you've been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace
- a doctor (GP) or other health professional has asked you to get a test
- you've been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
- you've received an unclear result and were told to get a second test
- you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
Where the site is located
The site is located at University Hall car park, North Village, Parry's Lane, BS9 1AR.
When it is open
From Friday 18 June the site is open 7 days a week: 9 am to 3 pm.
How to book
- Book a Government PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The site ID for the test site at University Hall car park is VGJ.
- Telephone 119 if you need help getting a test.