Mass testing for COVID-19
We are carrying out lateral flow antigen testing for our community on campus.
These tests can identify some (but not all) coronavirus cases in people who don't have any symptoms (asymptomatic).
- Register at one of our test centres and take your test within 20 minutes. The test only takes 5 minutes.
- If you regularly attend campus you should have 2 tests, 3 to 5 days apart, every week.
- If you 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.
On this page
- Book a coronavirus test
- Get tests to do at home
- What happens after you have booked your test
- On the day
- Accessibility and assisted testing
- Get your results
- Testing during Ramadan
- International students
- University of Bristol students on overseas placements
The tests are not mandatory. However, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days if you choose not to get tested when you return.
Book a coronavirus test
Tests are free and results are sent directly to you, not to the University.
|Test site||Location||Dates open||Opening times|
|Anson Rooms||Richmond Building, Students' Union, BS8 1LN||Until 30 May||Monday and Thursday: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm|
|All other days: 10 am to 5.30 pm|
|North Village||Wills Conference Centre||Until 30 May||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: 2 pm to 5.40 pm.|
|UWE Frenchay Campus||UWE Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY||Until 30 May||Mondays and Thursdays 4 pm to 5.30 pm|
|Langford Campus||Equine Diagnostic Centre, Langford Campus, Stock Lane, BS40 5DU||Until 28 May||Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 1.30 pm. Closed Saturday. Sunday 10 am to 1 pm.|
The test sites are accessible. Further information about accessibility.
To book your 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.
Get tests to do at home
You can get rapid tests to do at home.
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:
- Find a pharmacy where you can collect rapid tests
- Find a test site where you can collect rapid tests
You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kit.
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 to both the Anson Rooms and UWE, Frenchay test sites:
- 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.
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
- 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.
Testing during Ramadan
The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) has advised that taking the COVID-19 PCR and lateral flow tests do not invalidate the fast during Ramadan.
This is also the opinion of the majority of Islamic scholars.
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.
If you have a question
If you need help or have a question email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.