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Which coronavirus test is right for you?

Find out more about the different types of coronavirus tests, which one you need and how to request one.

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:

Report a potential case of coronavirus and request a PCR test


If you have coronavirus symptoms but are not staying in UCL Accommodation:

Report a potential case of coronavirus and request a PCR 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 LFT test


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.

Find out how to take part in the 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.

Report your results

If you need support

Students can contact us though the askUCL student enquiries system. Alternatively you can email covidhelpline@ucl.ac.uk 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.