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Collect free COVID-19 rapid lateral flow tests on campus

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Students can now collect free rapid lateral flow tests on campus.

Rapid lateral flow tests help to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.

The test usually involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. You can get a result in 30 minutes.

The collection points on campus are: 

  • Fallowfield Squirrels Bar – 3pm-6pm
  • Oxford Road, Old visitors centre (Whitworth Building) – 2pm-5pm
  • North Campus, Barnes Wallis (Ground floor) – 2pm-5pm

All collection points open Monday to Friday only.

You can also order rapid flow tests from or visit a test centre on campus. To visit a test centre, please book your test using our online booking form. There are testing centres at University Place and Owens Park.

We strongly recommend you visit a testing centre the first three times you take a test so our teams can show you how to take the test most effectively, reducing the number of false negatives.

If you are on campus, you should take two tests every week, 3-4 days apart. For example, if you take your first test on a Thursday or Friday, your second test should be on the following Monday. 

IMPORTANT: You must not collect rapid lateral flow tests, attend a testing centre, or come to your workplace if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you should book through NHS Test and Trace.

  • If you test positive or need to self-isolate, please report it.
  • Further information on testing is available on our website
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