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).
Please note: rapid results testing is not appropriate:
if you are self-isolating or quarantining for any reason
if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days
if you are arriving from outside the UK, for your Day 2 or Day 8 tests. See our guidance on Arriving in England from outside the UK. (If you need to book a Day 2 or Day 2 and 8 test after arriving in England, you can find an approved provider.)
Book your lateral flow tests on campus
Get tested at Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College. You can book an appointment or just walk in.
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm (until Sunday 10 October)
Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 4pm (Monday 11 October onwards)
Book test appointments using the City of York Council's booking system.
Get tested at RCH004 Exhibition Area, Ron Cooke Hub. You can book an appointment or just walk in.
Opening times: Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm
Collect home testing kits from campus
You can collect home testing kits (also known as lateral flow testing kits) from several locations on campus - you don't need an appointment, just walk in and collect your kits:
Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College
Ron Cooke Hub
You can also collect tests from local pharmacies and testing centres.
Not sure what to expect at the mass testing centre on campus? This video by YSTV takes you through the process, step-by-step.
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.
The rest of your household must also self-isolate for ten days (unless they are fully vaccinated).
Tell us that you are self-isolating so that we can make sure you have access to our isolation support:
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 includes an e-voucher to spend on food and your college team will also phone to check in on how you're feeling and your wellbeing.
If you need help with anything, just contact the Student Hub.