(updated 13/9) Arrangements for Covid - testing on our campuses


Staff and students who are on campus should get a Covid-19 LFD test twice a week with 3-4 days between tests. Where possible, you should test yourself using a home test kit before coming to campus.

It remains important to get tested regularly

Lateral flow device (LFD) antigen tests are a type of Covid-19 test which detect proteins in the coronavirus and they are simple and quick to use. They can detect Covid-19 in people who don’t have symptoms and help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to others.

To stop the spread of Covid-19, staff and students should get two Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests with 3-4 days between tests when you first return to campus or to our halls.

Once you are back on campus, you should continue get tested twice a week with 3-4 days between tests. Where possible, you should get a test before coming to campus.

You do not need to get an LFD test if you have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days and you have completed your isolation period. This is because you are likely to have some immunity to Covid-19.

There are a number of ways that you can get an LFD test, including using a home test kit and at a council test site. This page explains how to do so. All the tests referred to here are free and approved by the NHS.

Thank you for getting tested regularly, you're helping keep us all safe.

Home LFD test kits

Home test kits are convenient and allow you to test yourself before coming to campus. Please make sure that you upload your result (even if it is negative) to the NHS Test and Trace portal and that you give the University of Greenwich as your university/employer when you report your results.

You can pick up free boxes of home test kits from the GSU reception desks in the Dreadnought Building (Greenwich campus) and the Dome (Avery Hill campus), which are open 10.00-16.00 Monday-Friday. You do not need to book in advance to collect home test kits.

You can also collect free home test kits from:

  • Community test sites run by Greenwich council and Medway council, including the test sites at Daniel Defoe Hall (Greenwich campus) and the Sports Hall (Medway campus).
  • The DHSC PCR test sites on our campuses: Devonport House at Greenwich, Avery Hill and Jellicoe Building car park, Medway - you will be directed to the collection point.
  • Participating pharmacies: the NHS has a collection site finder that gives locations of test sites and pharmacies offering home kit collection and opening times.
  • Order them online from the government's website.

LFD test sites

You can get a free test at any community test site run by Greenwich council, Medway council or other local authorities. You will be tested on site and you will usually get your result within an hour of your test.

The following LFD test sites are located on our campuses so are likely to be convenient for students and staff:

  • Greenwich campus (Greenwich council): Daniel Defoe Hall, open 8.00-17.00 Monday – Friday. Tests can be booked via Greenwich council’s website.
  • Medway campus (Medway council): the Sports Hall, open 8.30-16.00 Monday-Thursday and 12.00-19.00 Sunday. No booking required; see Medway council’s website for further details.

If you are on placement

If you’re a student on placement (e.g. in the NHS), you should take part in any local testing programme which your placement provider offers and you must meet any testing requirements of your placement provider.

If your LFD test result is negative

Remember that a negative result doesn’t mean that you can’t get Covid-19. You should continue to follow our Covid Safe Guidance and observe precautions, such as wearing a mask inside our buildings as we recommend that you do. Please also continue to get tested regularly.

If your LFD test result is positive

You must return to your term-time accommodation, self-isolate and tell the University you are positive using our Covid-19 reporting form. The people living with you should also self-isolate unless they are exempt from doing so, e.g. because they are fully vaccinated.

You will need to get a PCR test to confirm the result and determine whether you need to continue self-isolating. The information which you will receive from NHS Test and Trace with your LFD test result will explain how to get a PCR test. You can also get a walk-in PCR test at one of the DHSC PCR test sites on our campuses (Devonport House at Greenwich, Avery Hill and Jellicoe Building car park, Medway).

If you are travelling internationally

If you are intending to travel internationally, please be aware that some countries require a high level of Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry. This is not available through the national testing programme and you will need to be tested privately to meet this requirement.  Please refer to the Government's foreign travel advice and contact the UK-based embassy of the country you're travelling to for further information. You should also familiarise yourself with the UK government’s requirements for testing/self-isolation on re-entry to the UK.