Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students

Free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students.

On behalf of the UK Government, we’ll be offering free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students who are living on campus or need to be on campus for teaching or to use facilities.

Get tested regularly

If you're living on campus or coming onto campus to use facilities, you need to have asymptomatic tests regularly. We would recommend having a test weekly.

Remember, a negative result doesn’t mean you don’t have to still follow all the rules. Hands, face and space still applies.

How to book

Use the links below to book your test. Book each test separately.

Frenchay Campus, Centre for Sport 

Book your test at Frenchay campus

Living in the city centre?

In partnership with University of Bristol, we’re offering a limited number of tests at University of Bristol’s Students’ Union (Anson Rooms). The postcode for the Anson Rooms is BS8 1LN. 

Book your test at the Anson rooms

You can also check with your local authority, who may be offering lateral flow tests for residents.

The testing process: what to expect

Take a look around the booths at the Centre for Sport as Test Assistant Emma explains the testing process.

Testing

What is a Lateral Flow Antigen Test?

A Lateral Flow Antigen Test detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus. These are quicker tests, that produce a result normally within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed. This is the test that is being offered.

Is this the same as the NHS Covid test for people who have symptoms?

No. The NHS uses what’s known as a ‘PCR’ test, and looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). These tests are currently more commonly used in the NHS for symptomatic testing. They require a laboratory to be processed.

How accurate is the test?

The UK government advises that lateral flow tests are very accurate, which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive result. 

If you receive a positive result from a lateral flow test, you must self-isolate and call the Covid Support Team on tel: +44(0)117 32 87000.

How many tests do I need?

If you're living on campus or coming onto campus to use facilities, you need to have asymptomatic tests regularly. We would recommend weekly.

Do I need a car parking permit if I’m driving onto Frenchay Campus for a test?

No, you don’t need a car parking permit. You can park at the Centre for Sport while you are getting a test.

Results

What if I get a negative result from both of my tests?

Remember, a negative test doesn’t mean you don’t have to still follow all the rules. Hands, face and space still applies.

What if I get a positive result?

You must self-isolate immediately and tell the University either by reporting it online using Infohub (login required) or by calling the Covid Support Team on tel: +44(0)117 32 87000. The phone number is open from 09:00 to 19:00 every day. If you test positive for coronavirus using a Lateral Flow Antigen Test, you’ll need to contact the NHS to book a free PCR test to confirm your test result.

What if I’m already in self-isolation? Can I take a test?

No. You must continue to self-isolate and travel home within 24 hours of the end of your self-isolation period. If you develop symptoms, you need to contact the Covid Support Team so we can support you.

Teaching

Do I have to have a test to attend on-campus teaching or use campus facilities?

No, testing is not compulsory, but is highly recommended so you don’t unknowingly take the virus with you.

Privacy notice

The University is supporting Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace service with its efforts in managing the outbreak of Covid-19. We are also helping to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our campus community by asking those who show symptoms to tell us as soon as possible. In practice, this means that UWE Bristol will be collecting new personal information and on occasion use some of the existing data that we hold about you for contact tracing purposes. For more information, please see our full Covid-19 Privacy Notice.

For more information about the existing personal data that we may hold about you and how we ordinarily use it please see our Student Privacy Notice.