Students who are returning to Cambridge more than three days before their swab day can request to take an individual test (available Monday to Thursday).
Unfortunately, this type of test is not suitable for students who are required to undertake the 10 day international travel quarantine upon arrival to Cambridge. You can find more information about testing and travel quarantine on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni page.
Students in College accommodation
If you arrive in Cambridge on a Wednesday (after pooled testing), or on a Thursday morning, you can take a ‘Return to Cambridge test’ on a Thursday. Students arriving Thursday afternoon to Saturday can take a test the following Monday. Students arriving Sunday-Tuesday should wait until their pooled screening to take a test.
All students arriving into College accommodation should self-isolate until they receive their test result.
Students in private accommodation
If you arrive in your private accommodation on a Monday (after pooled testing) to Thursday morning, you can test either on the day you arrive or the following day, depending on the time of your arrival. Students arriving Thursday afternoon to Sunday should wait until their pooled screening to take a test.
To request a testing kit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of your return to Cambridge. Tests may not be available at very short notice.
Can I take one of these tests if I am not participating in the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme?
Yes, these tests are available for all students.
If you are not participating it the Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening Programme, please take special care when you register your kit using the QR code or website URL on the envelope, because we will text your result to the mobile number you provide at that time (see below).
How do I take a test?
Individual test kits will be supplied in white envelopes, and are NOT interchangeable with the pooled screening test kits supplied in brown envelopes with blue stickers. Please follow the protocol for taking an individual confirmatory test, which is supplied with every kit.
When you register your kit using the QR code or website URL on the envelope (Step 15 of the protocol), you will additionally be asked to provide your mobile phone number. This step is critical, because we will use it to text you your result.
Please ensure you drop off your double-bagged sample at the nearest drop-box by 13:30 that same day. You must wear a face covering when dropping off your sample. Please note, these drop-boxes are NOT the same as the collection points for pooled screening tests.
You should receive your test result the following day. Your College will also be informed of your test result, and provide all the support that you need.