Which coronavirus test is right for you?
Follow the steps below to find out which test you need and how to request one. The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Find out more on the NHS website.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus and are staying in UCL Accommodation:
- Please follow the step-by-step guide for students to request a test and report your symptoms through Connect to Protect. You will be directed to request a free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test through one of the local NHS Walk-in sites (e.g. at UCL’s Ramsey Hall), or you can request a test through UCL’s testing service which will be delivered directly to your Hall. Please note the UCL testing service is closed until 4 January 2021.
If you have coronavirus symptoms but are not staying in UCL Accommodation:
- You can request a free PCR test through the NHS. Please follow the step-by-step guide for students to request a test.
If you don't have symptoms of coronavirus
If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms and are living or studying in London:
- Book a free Lateral Flow Test (LFT) through the national testing programme for universities.
If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms but you are required to self-isolate on arrival in England after travelling overseas:
- You should not book a Lateral Flow Test or come to campus.
- You may be able to pay for a private test to find out if you can reduce your self-isolation period after international travel as part of the UK Government’s Test to Release scheme.
If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms but you have tested positive for coronavirus within the last 10 days:
- You must not leave self-isolation after receiving a positive test result and should complete a minimum of 10 days self-isolation before attending a Lateral Flow Test appointment.
UCL Connect to Protect
Whatever test you have, it’s important that you notify UCL about your results through Connect to Protect so we can offer you any support you need.
If you need support
Students can contact us though the askUCL student enquiries system. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like to speak to someone on the phone, please call our helpline on 0203 108 5699. Lines are open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
If you are staying in UCL halls, our Accommodation team can help. Find out more on the UCL Accommodation website or email or phone your hall team.