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COVID-19 saliva testing for students

As a student of the University of Southampton, you should test on a weekly basis if you are accessing any of the University campuses, shared facilities or halls of residence.

This is to ensure we maintain a COVID-secure University, helping to keep everyone safe from infection.

You will need to set up your university IT account before you can opt into the testing programme.

Please follow the information below about how to take part in testing as a student.

Set up your University IT accountOpt in for free coronavirus saliva testing

When to take your test

Once you opt in to the Testing Programme, a simple test pack and a sheet of labels will be delivered to your term time address or halls reception.

  • If you are not in quarantine, please take your first test the morning after you arrive in Southampton or Winchester, or the morning after you receive your test pack if you are already here.
  • If you are in quarantine, please take your first test the morning after your quarantine period is complete.

Your test should be taken first thing in the morning then returned to one of the drop-off points listed below as soon as possible.

We’ll let you know when it’s time to take your next test by sending you a weekly text message.

If you are a student on placement you are encouraged to sign up for the programme. You can start testing immediately if you can access one of our drop off points while on placement. If not, you can start testing as soon as you are back on campus. Please note that you should not return your samples by post.

Sample drop-off points

If you live in University halls of residence, please return your sample to the drop-off point in your own halls before 3.30pm. These are open seven days a week.

  • Connaught entrance area, Wessex Lane Halls
  • Main building common room entrance, Glen Eyre Halls
  • Reception entrance area, Mayflower Halls
  • C block, City Gateway
  • Outside of the common room, Romero Halls
  • Outside of the downstairs common room, Gateley Halls
  • Common room, Erasmus Park

If you live in private halls or other private accommodation, please return your sample by hand to one of the locations below before 3.30pm. Please do not put your sample in the post.

  • Large grey temporary building (38) (near the Students' Union building), Southampton, SO17 1BJ (open 8am to 6pm every day)
  • Mayflower Halls courtyard, Southampton, SO15 1DP (gates are open by 8am every day)
  • Reception, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, SO23 8DL (open 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, not open at the weekend)
  • Main reception, Building 65, Avenue Campus, Southampton, SO17 1BF (open 8am to 3pm, University ID card required to access building)
  • Reception, Building 176, Boldrewood Campus, Southampton, SO16 7QF (open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, University ID card required to access building, not open at the weekend)
  • Outside Health Services Library, MP883 (close to the Amazon Lockers), Level A, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD (this drop-off point is always accessible)
  • If you are travelling to the NOCS site as part of your programme, you can also drop off your sample outside Lab M, Northwing Level 1, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH (open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, University ID card with NOCS access required)

Please remember to practise social distancing when dropping off your sample.

Getting your test results

Your test results will be sent to you by a text message from the NHS within 48 hours.

Participants who test positive for coronavirus will also be contacted by email, text or phone by the NHS Test and Trace service. Find out more about test results.

If you need to self-isolate

If you need to self-isolate following the results of a coronavirus test and cannot attend University or continue with your classes, you will need to tell the University by completing this form.

Important: Keeping your details up to date

To take part in regular testing, it is vital that you let us know if you change your mobile phone number, so that you can continue to receive requests for testing as well as your test results.

To do this, you must contact our customer services team. You must also update your phone number on the University’s student record system.

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