Using the new NHS test and trace app – information for students

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As part of our University’s commitment to keep all staff, students and university community safe, we are requiring everyone on campus to download the NHS Test and Trace app which launched this week. This is an important new way to control the spread of the virus and includes several areas on campus where staff, students and visitors must ‘check in’ using the app.

The app is completely anonymous, and has a number of tools to help protect people including contact tracing, local area alerts, a symptom checker and test booking. It also includes a QR venue check-in, which we will be implementing on campus to enable us to keep everyone safe when using on-campus facilities and buildings. When signing up, please use you term time address. For ease, we have provided a full list of postcodes of University Halls at the bottom of this article.

When arriving at a check-in site, you’ll see a poster with a QR code that you will need to scan using the ‘venue check-in’ button on your app. Just hold your phone so that the official NHS QR code appears in the box and, when your phone recognises the code, it will show that you have successfully checked in. 

Areas that will likely require check-in include Library study spaces, computer clusters, food outlets and other shared spaces that tend to have high footfall. 

Student presence in other areas will be recorded using methods including timetabling, with data being provided to the NHS Test and Trace teams if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus.

This system will be in place from Thursday 24 September so please ensure that you have downloaded the app onto your phone before heading to campus, and make sure to check in at any of the QR check-in points you come in contact with. 

The more people who use the app, the more effective it will be – and it will help us get ahead of the virus, preventing further local lockdowns, and help protect ourselves and others in the community. 

University of Manchester Halls postcodes



  • Ashburne Hall – M14 6HP
  • Oak House – M14 6HX (Maple & Beech), M14 6GB (Sycamore), M14 6GA (Holly & Chestnut)
  • Owens Park – M14 6HD (Tree Court) M14 6ZQ (Green Court) M14 6ZE (Tower) M14 6ZR (Little Court) M14 6ZF (The Mall) M14 6HD (Administration Office at Owens Park)
  • Richmond Park – M14 6YY (Poplar Court) M14 6YZ (Willow Court)
  • Sheavyn House – M14 6HP
  • Unsworth Park – M14 6FZ
  • Woolton Hall – M14 6WS

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