Covid-19 testing for students and staff

Students and staff who don't have any Covid-19 symptoms can book a rapid lateral flow test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre on campus. Self-test kits will soon be available for collection at various sites across campus.

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What to do if you have symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19:

Do not attend a test at the Octagon Centre or use a lateral flow test kit, and do not travel.


Our Covid-19 Testing Centre

Our Covid-19 Testing Centre is located in the Octagon Centre. We’re offering free tests for staff and students using lateral flow testing kits, which provide results within 24 hours. We have the capacity to offer up to 16,000 slots per week, should we need to. In addition, staff and students can order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to use at home. Continue to follow government guidance to minimise the risk of transmission wherever you may be. 

Our Covid-19 Testing Centre is available on a voluntary basis to: 

  • University of Sheffield students living in Sheffield
  • University of Sheffield staff whose role requires them to work on campus.

The testing centre is for staff and students who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University. Don't book a test if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last 90 days.

If you regularly visit campus, you are expected to book regular tests at our Covid-19 Testing Centre.

Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield

If you are travelling outside of the UK: this test will not provide any documentation needed for overseas travel. 

If you are self-isolating in the UK following overseas travel: a test result from our Covid-19 Testing Centre is not applicable to the Test and Release Scheme. For further information, read our returning to Sheffield guidance.

How to get a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre

Our testing centre is for University of Sheffield staff and students who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University. Don't book a test if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last 90 days.

Book a test at the University's Covid Testing CentreIf you are able to, you may find it helpful to download the NHS Test and Trace app prior to your appointment. However you do not need the app to access testing at the centre.

You will receive your test result by text or email. You should expect to receive your results within 24 hours.

Your personal data will be collected and processed for the purpose of booking a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. Read our Data Privacy Notice.

How to get a Covid-19 test at our testing centre in the Octagon

Opening times

  • Monday–Friday, 8am–2pm

Book a test at the University's Covid Testing CentreIf you are able to, you may find it helpful to download the NHS Test and Trace app prior to your appointment. However you do not need the app to access testing at the centre.

You will receive your test result by text or email. You should expect to receive your results within 24 hours.

Your personal data will be collected and processed for the purpose of booking a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. Read our Data Privacy Notice.

How to reschedule or cancel your test

If you can no longer attend your booking, reschedule or cancel your appointment:

If you want to reschedule your booking for a different time on the same day, edit the booking (do not delete it).


Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield

Every student is expected to book two tests at our Covid-19 Testing Centre upon returning to Sheffield. Then, if you’re regularly on campus, you should book two tests per week after that.

In addition, if you are living in an area in England that offers local community testing, you should seek to get tested before your return. Find out if your local area has a community testing programme.

You should schedule your tests for when you are on campus to avoid unnecessary travel to and from the University. Repeat tests should be at least three days apart.

  • Book the tests to take place as soon as possible upon returning. 
  • The second test should be scheduled to take place three days after the first. 
  • Plan to arrive back to Sheffield with enough time to take two tests before the start of any face-to-face teaching. 
  • While awaiting test results, restrict social contact with others as much as possible.

Alternatively, those who do not take up the offer of a test upon returning must self-isolate for 10 days when returning to Sheffield. After your initial tests, you should continue to book a test twice a week at our testing centre until further notice.

Self-testing

If you have received a positive test result through the NHS within the last 90 days, you do not need to get a test when you return to Sheffield or to campus.


Self-testing

Self-test kits can be used in combination with our test centre to meet the expectation of two tests per week. It is recommended that wherever possible you should undertake three supervised tests at our testing centre before transitioning to home testing to ensure you are confident in conducting the test. After this, you may choose to fulfil your two tests per week through our Covid-19 Testing Centre, or a self-test kit.

Free packs of rapid lateral flow tests can be ordered to use at home

Order testing kits

Self-test kits will soon also be available for collection at various sites across campus.

What to do if you receive a positive test result


Clinical placements

Students undergoing clinical placements may be expected by their provider to demonstrate a negative test before undertaking their placement. In some cases a negative lateral flow test result will be sufficient and you should use your text message or email confirmation as evidence of this. In all cases you should follow the advice and guidance from your provider and contact your academic department if you have any questions or concerns.


What to do if you receive a positive test result

If you receive a positive test result:

Do not book a second test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre.

What to do if someone you live with tests positive

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.