COVID testing on campus

We’re working hard to help keep students and staff on campus safe.

Getting into the habit of regular testing will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect our community. It also means we’ll know when and how to support you if you need to self-isolate.

Testing is one aspect of the preventative measures you can take against coronavirus, so please continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space rules.

We have collection points on campus for colleagues and students to pick up free COVID-19 lateral flow testing kits.

What is a rapid lateral flow test?

Rapid lateral flow tests help to find COVID-19 cases in people who may have no symptoms, but are still infectious and can give the virus to others.

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

Collection points on campus

You can now collect free rapid lateral flow home testing kits from the following locations on campus:

  • Alan Gilbert Learning Commons foyer (9am–1pm)
  • Barnes Wallis Building reception (9am–1pm)
  • Michael Smith Building reception (9am–1pm)
  • Stopford Building foyer (9am–1pm)

All collection points are open Monday to Friday only.

You can also order home test kits online

When should I get tested?

We recommend that you get tested once via NHS Test and Trace before returning to campus for the first time.

After that, you are advised to take two weekly tests when on campus. It is recommended that you take these tests 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. Even if you've had one or both doses of a vaccine, it's still important to get tested regularly.

Important testing information

You must not collect rapid lateral flow tests, attend any testing centre, or come to your workplace if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have symptoms, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive and is advised to self-isolate, you should book a free PCR test.

If you test positive or need to self-isolate, please report it.

International students

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has published advice for students planning to travel in the UK or overseas, and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published their advice for international students

If you are travelling 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/international students

I have a disability, what do I need to know?

Many of Manchester's testing centres are accessible and offer assisted testing, such as:

  • Bowlee Sports Centre
  • Bolton Arena LFD Test Site
  • Huyton
  • Kirkby

If you have any questions or require any additional support you can also speak to our Disability Advisory and Support Service.

Contact us

If you have any questions that we have not answered above, then please email us at:

We won’t be able to offer medical advice but we can help with questions about testing and travel. Please note that this inbox is not monitored at weekends.