COVID vaccination and testing on campus

We’re working hard to help students and staff stay safe on campus, vaccination and testing are an important part of this.

To help protect yourself and others, we encourage everyone on campus to follow our ”hands, face, space” safety guidelines. We also encourage you to have the COVID-19 vaccine (if possible) and get regular COVID-19 tests.


We encourage all staff and students to have one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine before they return to campus or as soon as possible after they return.

Everyone in the UK aged 16 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine for free  including EU and international students. If necessary, you can have your first and second vaccine doses at different locations.

If you're registered with a GP in England, you can use the NHS vaccine booking service to book your two vaccine doses. We advise all our students to register with a local GP.

In addition to the booked appointment options, Manchester City Council maintains a list of pop-up vaccination sites that you can use.

If you've already had your first dose, you'll receive either the same vaccine or the most similar alternative for your second dose (see page 15 of the government guidance document (PDF, 832KB)).

Some places in England may ask for your COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry, find out how to get an NHS COVID Pass. However, the University doesn't require that you get vaccinated to return to campus.

Vaccinated outstide the UK?

If you have been fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the UK, make sure you have registered with a GP (General Practitioner) in the UK where you can book an appointment and seek advice on the best course of action relating to your current vaccination status and if a booster is required. You can also attend any of the pop-up and vaccination centres listed above.

You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations on the UK government website.


We encourage everyone on campus to take a COVID-19 test twice a week, three to four days apart. Even if you are vaccinated, it is still important to get tested regularly.

Collection points on campus

You can now collect free rapid lateral flow home testing kits from our campus catering outlets. You can see details of their opening hours at:

You can also order home test kits online.

These tests are for people who don't have symptoms. You use a swab to take a sample from your tonsils (or where they would be) and your nose, and you get a result in around 30 minutes.

If you have symptoms or have contact with someone who tests positive, you must not come to campus or use one of these testing kits, you should book a free PCR test instead. If you test positive or need to self-isolate, please report this to the University.

Many testing centres are accessible and have assisted testing, including Bowlee Sports Centre, Bolton Arena LFD Test Site, Huyton and Kirkby. If you are disabled and require additional support, speak to our Disability Advisory and Support Service.

If you are travelling to campus from outside the UK, there are currently testing, quarantine and other requirements in place (this includes British citizens). For the latest information, check our FAQs for EU and international students