Rapid results testing

Working with the City of York Council and the NHS, the University has made free rapid results regular Covid testing (also known as lateral flow testing) available to all symptom-free students, postgraduate researchers and staff in York. If you are using campus facilities, you should get tested regularly (twice a week, three days apart).

Rewards for testing

As an added incentive (and for a limited time only from Monday 19 April), you can take two completed testing cards (from the same week) - or your two email confirmations if you’re testing at home - to one of our participating outlets on campus to claim a free YORCUP, five free drinks and one free main meal!

Please note: rapid results testing is not appropriate:

Book your tests on campus

The Sports Centre on Campus West is open for testing seven days a week. Book test appointments using the City of York Council's booking system.

Campus East testing is available on Mondays and Thursdays (10am - 2pm) at our pop-up test centre in the Junior Common Room in the Goodricke College Nucleus (GNU/004). Enter via the external side entrance by the Law and Management Building.

Book Campus East appointments using our Eventbrite booking system:

Not sure what to expect at the mass testing centre on campus? This video by YSTV takes you through the process, step-by-step.

Collect home testing kits from campus

You can now collect home testing kits (also known as lateral flow testing kits) on campus from our testing centre at Wentworth Way on Campus West. You can collect kits between 1.30pm and 7pm daily.

Your test results

You will receive your result within hours of taking a test by text and email from the NHS. This result is not shared with the University of York.

A negative test result indicates you are not currently carrying Covid-19. However it's vital that you continue to follow the latest UK Government rules on social distancing, good hand hygiene and use of face coverings.

If you get a positive test result you'll be asked to take a PCR test to confirm the result.

  • You must immediately self-isolate until you get the PCR result, and continue to self-isolate for ten days if it confirms a positive result. Follow any guidance you receive from the NHS.

  • You can book a PCR test through the NHS Covid-19 app, the gov.uk website or by telephoning 119.

An invalid test result means your test sample could not be read. You should arrange another rapid results test as soon as possible.

Our isolation support package

If you're a student self-isolating on or off campus in York, we've put together a package of support that unlocks once you've filled in the self-isolation form.

Our self-isolation support package includes:

  • activity packs

  • food packs based on your household's dietary requirements

  • a £40 e-voucher you can spend at retailers including Google Play, Spotify, Just Eat, Sky Store, Deliveroo and others.

Your college team will also ring to check in on how you're feeling and your wellbeing. If you need help with shopping, laundry (if you're on campus) or prescription collection, just ask.

More information on getting tested and receiving your test result is available on the City of York Council website.