Rapid results testing

Working with the City of York Council and the NHS, the University has made free rapid results regular covid testing available to all symptom-free students, postgraduate researchers and staff in York.

Get tested if you're in York

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms, and therefore may be spreading the virus without realising. It is crucial that you get yourself tested regularly using our on-campus facility. We can all help protect vulnerable people in the community and on campus, and help drive rates down so that we can continue to ease restrictions during spring and summer. The Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests used are safe and reliable, and the result of the test will be delivered to you by text or email within a few hours.

If you visit campus regularly, are a placement student or are receiving in-person teaching

We strongly encourage you to get tested regularly (two tests a week, three days apart).

If you’re living off-campus in York

We strongly encourage you to get two tests (three days apart) so that you are not unknowingly contributing to any transmission of Covid-19 in your local community, household or family. Please help protect our whole community.

Remember that even if you have a negative test result, 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 have Covid-19 symptoms

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste or smell) you must not come for rapid results testing.

Instead you must self-isolate for ten days and book a free NHS test - you can do this through the NHS Covid-19 app, the gov.uk website or by telephoning 119.

Remember to tell us that you are self-isolating so that we can make sure you have access to support:

If you are self-isolating for any reason

If you’re currently self-isolating or quarantining for any reason you must not break your isolation to go for a rapid results test. You should wait until your isolation ends before coming for a rapid results test.

Remember to tell us that you are self-isolating so that we can make sure you have access to support:

If you have arrived in England from another country

The UK government requires all travellers arriving into the UK, including students and their families, to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, dated no earlier than three days from the date of travel. If you don't have one you could be fined.

All international arrivals are also required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK and self-isolate in their accommodation for ten days. Remember to tell us that you are self-isolating so that we can make sure you have access to support:

The government's 'Test to Release' scheme offers you the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, and a negative test result would release you from the need to isolate from day six. The rapid results testing described on this page is not part of this Test to Release scheme.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days

If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for Covid-19, then you are likely to have developed some immunity, and so a repeat LFD test is unlikely to be necessary within this period.

You therefore don't need to be tested again but you should continue to follow the guidance you have already been given by the NHS.

Booking your tests on Campus East and West

The Sports Centre (on Campus West) is open for testing during the following hours:

  • Monday: 10am - 6.50pm

  • Tuesday: 8am - 4.20pm

  • Wednesday: 10am - 6.50pm

  • Thursday and Friday: 8am - 4.20pm

  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Book appointments for your tests using the City of York Council's booking system:

On Campus East? Get tested at our pop-up testing centre

We've set up a pop-up testing 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.

Tests are available on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am - 2pm. Book appointments for your tests using our Eventbrite booking system:

Not sure what to expect at the mass testing centre on campus? Ian Wiggins takes you step-by-step through the process in this video produced by YSTV.

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.

A positive test result means you must immediately self-isolate for ten days. Follow any guidance you receive from the NHS.

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.