If I am accessing campus buildings and facilities, how often should I get tested?

All students and staff who are accessing campus buildings and facilities are strongly encouraged to take two Rapid (LFD) Tests per week. You can book your tests at our on-campus testing centre here.

If you are yet to return to Newcastle, you are encouraged to get a test before you travel back to university, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a test online.

On your return to Newcastle, you should arrange to take three tests at the University’s on-campus testing centre (3- 4 days apart) in the days following your return. You should then test twice a week, either using home test kits or at the on-campus testing facility. Home tests can be ordered here.

We expect that we will soon have provisions to provide our students and staff with home testing kits. We will communicate this with you when we have further information.

While you wait for your lateral flow test result (typically one hour), you should not interact with anyone outside of your household to avoid transmitting coronavirus.

  • if your lateral flow test is negative, you should continue to get tested regularly and follow any national restrictions
  • if you test 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.

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
  • if students are on a placement and not attending university facilities, they should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at their placement. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement, unless this is advised by the placement provider.

If you do not get tested when requested, you should self-isolate for 10 days. The more people that get tested, the better we can mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and everyone’s university experience can improve.

Please note, if you have had a positive coronavirus test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again within that period if you are asymptomatic. This is because you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are still required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90-day window.

There is wheelchair access available 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. 

Please note that you should not attend a rapid testing appointment should you display symptoms of Covid-19 or any of the following apply


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 covidsupport@ncl.ac.uk 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: 16.04.2021