Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students

Free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students.

On behalf of the UK Government, we’re offering free asymptomatic tests for UWE Bristol students.

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 strongly recommend having a test 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.

Testing locations

Tests are being offered at Frenchay Campus (BS16 1QY) and in partnership with the University of Bristol at their Students’ Union (Anson Rooms) (BS8 1LN).

Frenchay Campus opening hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 10:00 to 18:00 (last appointment 17:30)

Anson Rooms opening hours:

  • Every day 
  • 10:00 to 18:00 (last appointment 17:30) 

How to book

Use the link below to book your test. We have changed booking systems, so you’ll need to select the testing site, then select the time. You will get confirmation of booking via email, not text.

Book your asymptomatic COVID-19 test

You can also check with your local authority, who may be offering lateral flow tests for residents at a more convenient location.

Remember: If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please don’t book one of these tests. You need to contact the NHS to book a free PCR test.

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-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 have asymptomatic tests regularly. We would strongly recommend twice a week.

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.

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.

Results

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.

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.