We're offering drop-in sessions for COVID-19 tests in 2021.
Please make sure you read this page carefully before coming to a drop-in session.
Who can get the test?
If you meet all 3 of the following requirements, you can attend a drop-in session:
How it works
- Check if you are eligible for a test (see information above)
- Attend a drop-in session – see below for testing locations, times and dates
- On the day of your test, bring your phone or other mobile device with you – you'll be using this to register at the testing service. If you don't have a mobile device, we'll help you register via alternative means when you arrive
- Check your results – you should get your results within a few hours directly from the NHS Test and Trace service. The University does not see your test result
- Take action – if your test results are positive, you must self-isolate immediately and let us know via [email protected]. If your results are negative, you should attend another drop-in session to take a second test, scheduled 3 days after the first. For example if your first test is on Monday, you should take your second test on Thursday
On-campus testing locations
The testing service will be offered at two locations:
- Harrow Campus, 10am–4pm on weekdays from 6 January – for all students who meet the eligibility requirements above. No need to book, just drop-in
- Marylebone Campus, 10am–4pm on weekdays from 6 January – for all students who meet the eligibility requirements above. No need to book, just drop-in
Community testing locations
If you are returning to the University, you are encouraged to use local community testing and take a test before travelling, in addition to using the on-campus testing on arrival.
- Brent/Wembley Park area – for students and colleagues living/working in the Brent/Wembley Park area, including Raffles House. You can book a test via the Brent booking form
- Westminster City Council area – for students and colleagues working/living in the Westminster City Council area. For more information visit the Westminster City Council website
The test available is a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), which is designed to test for COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals.
This is a rapid test, which will usually provide a result within a few hours. It is quick and easy to use. For full reassurance, it is recommended that students take two tests, three days apart.
We know that many of our students may have travelled around the UK during the winter vacation and may possibly carry the COVID-19 virus without having symptoms. This runs the risk that the virus may be passed on to other people.
No, you should not take a test with us if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and take a test via the NHS instead.
No, you should not attend a drop-in session if you are not attending an on-campus activity or returning to/moving in to halls of residence.
All students who take this test will be notified of their result by the NHS Test and Trace service. The University will not be informed of your result.
If your test result indicates that you are carrying the virus, you will be advised to self-isolate. You must follow this advice and notify the University that you have been informed you have COVID-19 by emailing [email protected].
You'll also be required to take a further test, known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to confirm your diagnosis. You will be told how to do this.
For full reassurance, it is recommended that students take two tests, three days apart.
Research suggests that the current Lateral Flow Test has been found to have high specificity but with slightly lower sensitivity i.e. potential to miss some COVID-19 positive cases. Therefore the two tests conducted close to each other can pick up any case that was missed in the first round or newly developed cases.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, you must not take a test with us.
When the 10 days have passed, you can take a test with us.
The Lateral Flow Tests are not considered suitable for the purposes of issuing a travel certificate, which may be required for international air travel. These certificates usually require a Polymerase Chain Reaction test. You should check with your airline on the test that is required before you travel, as well as the requirements of the country to which you are travelling.
We are working as part of a national programme in partnership with the Government’s Department for Health and Social Care and Brent Council Public Health team to provide testing for all students who wish to have reassurance that they are virus-free.