Get tested regularly

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

If you’re living on campus or using campus facilities make sure you get tested regularly.

Latest guidance

Key University messages regarding COVID-19 and the impact of government guidelines on your studies can be found on our Coronavirus guidance for students’ page

Travelling and testing

Travelling to university from abroad?

More information for about travel restrictions and requirements for both current and new international students can be found on our Coronavirus guidance for students page.

Travelling to university from within the UK?

You are encouraged to test before you travel to university, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a test online .

When you arrive, you should take three tests at an on-site testing facility (three or four days apart) and then test twice a week, either using home test kits or at an on-site facility.

It is very important that, when testing at home, test results are reported online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void. Reporting results helps the NHS monitor the spread of the virus, combat the virus and save lives.

Regular testing to keep us all safe

As part of returning to on-campus teaching, you are expected to have asymptomatic COVID-19 tests regularly. In the first week that you are back on campus, please have two tests, three days apart, then weekly thereafter.

Find out more about asymptomatic testing and book your tests online

Reducing the spread of coronavirus

Please continue to follow safety guidance when on campus and self-isolate when you need to.

Wash your hands

  • Frequently, with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser, if you can’t wash your hands. There are gel stations across campus. Get in the habit of using it when you pass one.

Cover your face

  • In line with Government advice, you will still be expected to wear a face mask while on campus, unless you are medically exempt. We will continue to review this.
  • Remember to be mindful and respectful of others, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Be nice and make space.
  • If you have any classes over the summer months, COVID-secure capacities will remain in our teaching rooms until the summer term has ended.

Our expectations

Student conduct

You must make sure you read our COVID-19 expectations for students. These include expected behaviour, reporting symptoms, self-isolation and living in UWE Bristol accommodation.

COVID-19 behaviour expectations

Assessing your COVID-19 risk level

If you're nervous about returning to campus, we've put together this form to help you understand your risk level and the support you might need before returning to campus.

UWE Bristol has worked hard to make studying with us as safe as possible during the current pandemic.

It is important that you consider your personal situation and ask for support if you have any concerns.

Assessing your COVID-19 risk level form

Using lifts

The use of lifts will be restricted to disabled persons/mobility impaired (and their support worker should they have one), or for the transport of large/heavy/hazardous materials where transport on stairways would not be safe.

Moving around campus

Remember there may be different rules that apply in different parts of the campus. Keep an eye out for signage.

In line with Government advice, you will still be expected to wear a face mask while on campus, unless you are medically exempt. We will continue to review this. 

Studying on Glenside Campus?

Glenside Campus has been ‘zoned’ to help us manage the number of people in buildings, corridors and toilets. More detail about the zones and specific guidance is available on the Glenside Campus map web page.


In addition to the normal cleaning programme, a higher frequency of cleaning has been implemented.

All hand contact points will be cleaned throughout the day (e.g. door furniture, hand rails, food preparation areas, toilets, flush plates, taps, dispensers etc.).

Using study spaces

Sanitising wipes or sanitising spray and cloths will be available. After visiting a study space, please consider wiping down surfaces for the next person to use. To maintain the safe use of our spaces, the numbers of occupants using an area may be ‘capped’.

Using libraries

Read our coronavirus updates for library users for information about which services are available and which are not currently running.

In an emergency

An emergency response will continue to be provided by the University for fire, first-aid and other emergencies, observing social distancing rules where practicably possible.  

Fire routes and exits will operate as usual in the event of a fire alarm, any one-way systems will not be observed. However, when outside at the evacuation area please try and remain apart as much as possible.

"We must remember that we can reduce the risk as much as possible, but personal responsibility and the actions of every individual will be the biggest factor in reducing the transmission of coronavirus.

We all need to follow the guidance and measures that will be in place. We are the agents of spread and we can significantly reduce or accelerate spread by our own actions. We need to ensure we work together to reduce risks."

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

Steve West Vice-Chancellor

Welcoming you to UWE Bristol safely