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Testing Advice

University Testing for Coronavirus 

If you have any questions about testing not covered below, please contact:

When contacting us, please state which test you will require. Look at Lent Term arrangements and Easter Vacation 2021 (Pre-departure test) for the different tests.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information on our current testing programmes can be found at screening-programme/lent-term-2021-covid-19-testing-arrangements

If you wish to register, please sign the consent form, which can be found in the link above.

Once you have checked you are eligible and if you wish to enquire about a test or book a test please contact

Please send the QR code from the front of the test envelope to:

Explain that you had problems registering/scanning your test.

If you do not receive your test results the next day, please send the QR code from the front of the test envelope to:

Although clinical trials have demonstrated that the current vaccines being delivered across the UK are effective at reducing the risk of severe COVID-19 infection, it is currently unknown whether they will also reduce an individual’s risk of catching and then transmitting the virus to others. In line with national guidance, we therefore recommend that all vaccinated individuals continue to participate in the asymptomatic screening programme.

The vaccine should have no impact on the swabbing results, in particular there is no risk of a false positive result with the vaccines that are currently available and the PCR-based testing approach that we are using in this programme.

Asymptomatic (For Students):

This is available to students living in College accommodation and students living in private accommodation. The pooled screening programme will resume on 18 January 2021 for students who are in Cambridge. Click on the links below for more information:

Latest update (28/01/2021):

  • If your self-isolating check out 'Test to check' - available from 25 January 2021. The latest information in the Lent term testing arrangements, link below.
  • If you are planning on returning to Girton/Cambridge during Lent term, please look at the latest information Lent term testing arrangements, link below.

Symptomatic Testing (For students, Fellows and staff):

The University has a fast testing service available Monday-Friday, click on the link below for more information:

The university symptomatic testing programme has expanded the criteria that allow you to have a symptomatic test.

  • High temperature – this means a feeling of feverishness, or a measured temperature above 37.8° C
  • New cough – this means a new intermittent or persistent cough, or worsening of your usual cough (if you have one)
  • A loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, particularly in the absence of nasal congestion
  • A sore throat
  • Nasal discharge or congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • New hoarseness
  • New shortness of breath
  • A new wheeze
  • A positive Lateral Flow test

We strongly encourage everyone who meets any of the criteria listed above to go to one of the University’s COVID symptomatic testing stations. 

By testing quickly, we have the ability to react fast and appropriately.

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