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(updated 14/4) Arrangements for Covid-testing on our campuses

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The government is clear that regular testing - before you return and repeated twice a week once you are back on campus - is a key part of a safe return to campus.

Covid testing facilities for students and staff are available on all of our campuses through our work with our local councils and our own test sites.  You can book a test at any of the council test sites, not just the test sites on campus.

The university is committed to play its part in beating Covid-19 and the Covid test sites on our campuses provide a place for our students and staff to get tested quickly and often. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our priority.  The testing sites on our campuses are being run in conjunction with the Public Health teams at the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Medway Council and meet all safety requirements. We are also working to open our own test sites at Avery Hill and Greenwich. There are strict rules in place for people attending these test centres.

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

Please complete the Covid testing survey every week to help us understand where and when our university community are getting Rapid/Lateral Flow Covid tests.  Enter your details by 5pm each Friday to enter the prize draw.  Thank you.

Rapid/Lateral Flow Covid tests

You can book these tests, which are for people without Covid symptoms using the links on the council websites below.  You can book a test at any of the council test sites, you do not need to come to campus just to get tested.

Avery Hill campus, Wren building (updated 14/4)

We have opened a test site in Wren building. the opening hours are 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.  It is open to students, staff and contractors of the university, Bird College and Trinity Laban, please bring your student/staff/contractor ID when you visit the test site.

  • To avoid queuing, please use our booking system to book your test in advance. If you have not been able to book a test or you miss your appointment, you can visit the test site as a walk-in without an appointment.
  • When you visit the test site (or as soon as possible after getting tested), you will need to register with the NHS Test and Trace portal to receive your test result. Information about how to do this will be provided at the test site.

Updated 14/4: You can also collect home test kits from the Wren building test site.

Greenwich campus (updated 14/4)

Queen Anne Court (QA-063)

We have reopened a small test site in the Queen Anne building, the opening hours are 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.  It is open to students, staff and contractors of the university, Bird College and Trinity Laban, please bring your student/staff/contractor ID when you visit the test site.

  • To avoid queuing, please use our booking system to book your test in advance. If you have not been able to book a test or you miss your appointment, you can visit the test site as a walk-in without an appointment.
  • When you visit the test site (or as soon as possible after getting tested), you will need to register with the NHS Test and Trace portal to receive your test result. Information about how to do this will be provided at the test site.

Updated 14/4: You can also collect home test kits from the Queen Anne Court test site.

Daniel Defoe Hall

Tests remain available at the council test site at Daniel Defoe Hall close to Greenwich campus, please book using this link. The test site is open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm.

Staff and students at Bathway can use the council test site facilities at the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich.

Home tests

Updated 14/4: Home test kits are now available for collection from any Greenwich council community test site, and our test sites in Wren building, Avery Hill campus and Queen Anne Court, Greenwich campus.  Kits are now available to university students and staff without restriction (you do not need to have children in school/college).  You can also order kits online for home delivery.  No advance booking is required for collection.

Medway campus: Deep End (updated 29/3)

The Medway campus test site closed on Saturday 3 April, it reopened on Tuesday 6 April with restricted hours:

Home tests

On Monday - Friday 11am-2pm the site will operate as a collection point for home test kits. Kits are now available to university students and staff without restriction (you do not need to have children in school/college). You can also order kits online for home delivery. No advanced booking is required for collection.

Home test kits are also available for collection now at the DHSC PCR test site in the Jellicoe Building car park, 1pm-8pm 7 days a week.

Finding our campus test sites

Please see our campus maps for help locating these buildings:  Avery Hill campus, Greenwich campus and Medway campus.

Students who need to come to campus for essential reasons

Students attending campus for an essential reason - which include where your course is resuming face to face teaching, or to use campus libraries, must get a rapid Covid test twice weekly, with around three days between tests. Students living in our halls of residence should also get tested twice weekly.

You can book at test in advance at any of the rapid Covid test sites operated by Greenwich council or Medway council, and our test sites in the Wren building at Avery Hill, or Queen Anne at Greenwich. You can get tested on campus or at a test site near where you live. You should normally receive the result within an hour of your test.

If you test positive you should return home immediately, self-isolate and inform the university via our Covid reporting form. You will need to arrange for a lab-based PCR test as soon as possible and the communication which you receive from NHS Test and Trace will explain how to do this.

If your result is negative, you should get another rapid Covid test three days later (this can be at the same test site or at a different site). If you’re not visiting campus three days later, your second test should be on the next occasion you need to come to campus. To reduce the risk of transmission, you should avoid interacting with other people until you get your second negative test (you can continue to attend classes).

You should also get tested twice weekly if you live in one of our halls of residence.

You do not need to get a rapid Covid 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.

If you are arriving in the UK from overseas, you should complete any self-isolation required by government guidance in your accommodation before you travel to campus.  Please let us know that you are self-isolating for quarantine reasons.

Staff who need to attend campus for essential work purposes

You should get tested when you return to campus and then twice weekly, with around three days between tests.  If possible, get tested before your activities on campus commence.

You can book a test in advance at one of the rapid Covid test sites operated by Greenwich council or Medway council, and and our test sites in the Wren building at Avery Hill, or Queen Anne at Greenwich. As a critical worker you can book a test at any community test site operated by the councils, you don't need to use the sites on campus. You should normally receive the result within an hour of your test.

Staff based at Avery Hill  and Greenwich campuses can get a ‘critical worker card’ from Greenwich council which enables you to get tested at any Greenwich council test site without having to book in advance. Please contact your faculty or directorate if you require one of these.

If you test positive you should return home immediately, self-isolate and inform the university via our Covid reporting form. You will need to arrange for a lab-based PCR test and the communication which you receive from NHS Test and Trace will explain how to do this.

Do not travel to campus solely to get tested unless you live locally. There are likely to be local authority community testing sites closer to where you live.

You do not need to get a rapid Covid 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.

PCR tests, if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive LFD test

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should book a test using the NHS website.

If you test positive, you should inform the university using our Covid reporting form, you must also self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your test or from when you develop symptoms if these develop after your test. Anyone living with you must self-isolate for 10 days.

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.


Please continue to take care and keep safe.