Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students
Free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students.
We’re happy to now be able to provide rapid at-home tests, giving you the flexibility to test whenever and wherever is convenient for you.
Get tested regularly
If you're living on campus or coming onto campus to use facilities, you need to use a rapid test to test yourself regularly. We would strongly recommend testing yourself twice a week.
Remember, a negative result doesn’t mean you don’t have to still follow all the rules. Hands, face and space still applies.
Why you should test yourself regularly
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
You should do a rapid test twice a week (every three to four days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
Where to pick up at-home tests
Boxes of seven at-home rapid tests can be picked up from the locations below Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.
If you need guidance on how to administer the test, the pick-up point at Bristol Business School (X block) on Frenchay Campus is staffed and they can help.
Bower Ashton pick-up points:
- Information Point (B block)
- Library help desk
Frenchay pick-up points:
- Testing centre (Bristol Business School, X block): if you have any questions, or need a little help to test, this facility is staffed between 08:30 and 16:00.
- Information Point (D block)
- Information Point (Q block)
- UWEBIC (P block)
- Library help desk
- Students Union reception (Union 1)
Glenside pick-up points:
- Information Point (Student Centre)
- Library help desk
Remember: if you have symptoms of coronavirus, please don’t use these tests. You need to contact the NHS to book a free PCR test.
Record your result
You must record your result to the NHS, even if it’s negative. When you record it using the Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result webpage, tick the box to say whether you are a student or staff member and select University of the West of England, Bristol (BS16 1QY).
If the result is positive then self-isolate immediately and tell the University by reporting it online using Infohub (login required). 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 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-19 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 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.
How regularly should I have tests?
If you're living on campus or coming onto campus to use facilities, you need to test yourself regularly. We would strongly recommend twice a week.
Will this test allow me to travel internationally?
It is unlikely that this test will fulfil the requirements that countries have in place. This is a ‘lateral flow antigen test’ (LFT). If the country that you are travelling to requires a negative PCR test, this test won’t meet the requirements. You will need to contact a private provider to get a PCR test if you are asymptomatic.
It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the COVID-19 testing requirements for international travel.
What if I get a negative result from my test?
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 17:00 Monday - Friday. 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. If you develop symptoms, you need to contact the Covid Support Team so we can support you.
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.
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.