How do I get a COVID-19 test?

There are two types of Covid-19 tests available:

  • Tests for people with no Covid-19 symptoms – asymptomatic testing (available from the University)
  • Tests for people with Covid-19 symptoms (available from the NHS)

You can find information on both types of tests below:


Test for people with no Covid-19 symptom (asymptomatic testing) – otherwise known as rapid LFD tests

Newcastle University students can book a free rapid LFD Covid-19 test here, through our testing centre at the Students’ Union Building on campus. 

All students based in term-time accommodation are strongly encouraged to take two Rapid (LFD) Tests per week, even if you are not regularly accessing campus facilities. You can book your tests here.

By taking a test, even if you don’t have symptoms, you can help keep your family members and your community safe. Once you have taken your test you should limit your contact with others until you get your result (normally within 30 minutes).

If your LFD test is positive, you should return to your accommodation immediately and self-isolate for ten days. You should walk, cycle or drive where possible to return home and should not use public transport or a taxi or private hire vehicle. You will also need to notify the University that you are self-isolating through this form.

Following a positive LFD test result, you should arrange to take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

If you take a PCR test within 2 days of the LFD test and receive a negative result, you and your household can stop self-isolating. However, self-isolation must continue if:

  • the PCR test result is positive
  • no follow-up PCR test is taken
  • the PCR test result is negative but the test was taken more than 2 days after the LFD test

Please note that you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or if any of the conditions listed here apply, you should not attend a rapid (LFD) testing appointment. 

If you feel you may need a reasonable adjustment for the test due to a disability, cultural, religious or personal factors and you have not done so already, please contact the Wellbeing Team.

There is wheelchair access available at the testing centre via a lift. The level-access to the Students' Union basement will be arranged through queue coordinators at the main entrance who will show individuals down to the basement and back up again. 


Covid-19 testing (symptomatic testing)

If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, you can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus through the National Health Service. 

You can and should get a free NHS test if: 

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) 
  • you're getting a test for someone you live with who has symptoms 
  • you have been told to get a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery 
  • your local council asks you to get a test 
  • you're taking part in a Government pilot project 

Only get a test through the NHS if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. 

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. 


If you have any queries regarding testing please get in touch:


Report : tell us that you are self-isolating through the Covid-19 reporting form, so that we can support you.

Urgent help: If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day you should call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7).

Covid support: If you have a Covid-19 related enquiry, you can contact us by email or the Covid Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Covid Enquiry Line operating hours:

  • 9am - 5pm - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 10am - 5pm - Wednesdays

Last updated: 21.04.2021