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 (Monday 20 September to 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: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm (Monday 20 September to Sunday 26 September)
Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm (Monday 27 September onwards)
Collect home testing kits from campus
You can collect home testing kits (also known as lateral flow testing kits) from college receptions or from Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College, Campus West.
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 package includes:
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 anything, just ask.