Get tested for Covid-19

To keep our communities safe, students and staff are now required to show evidence of a negative Covid test from within the past three days in order to access campus facilities. Order free Covid tests from the NHS or find out more about our onsite testing centres. 

What you can do to help keep our community safe

Your safety – and the safety of all our students and staff – is our top priority and we will follow any social distancing and other government guidance that may apply at the time. 

  • Get tested for Covid regularly at our onsite centres, or by ordering tests from the NHS to take at home.
  • Wash hands regularly using soap for at least 20 seconds – good hand hygiene is key to preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Please protect yourself and our community by wearing a face covering while moving around our building, in face-to-face situations or if someone near you asks you to.
  • Protect others by self-isolating if you have any symptoms and taking a Covid-19 test as soon as possible.
  • If you receive a positive result, you must share your recent contacts through the NHS Test and Trace service and inform your Head of School.

Physical distancing, handwashing, respiratory hygiene and face coverings are the most important and effective measures we can all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. When applying or removing the covering, it is important that you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face. After each use, the face covering must be washed at 60°C or disposed of safely.

Return to campus checklist

  • Get tested – All students and staff visiting campus are required to get a Covid-19 lateral flow test. If you can get one before returning to campus that is ideal, but if not it’s still important to get one when you arrive. We have test centres at Holloway and Aldgate and booking is no longer required.

  • You must bring your ID card  If you don’t have it we can’t let you on to campus. It’s important, because it lets us keep track of who is in the building, so we can keep everyone safe. Play your part by tapping in on the pads around our buildings. If you’re a returning student and need help with your ID, please email the Estates Helpdesk
  • If you feel unwell, do not travel to London Met  Let your course leader know and email our Covid reporting address to tell us you're not feeling well so we can provide you with support, advice and guidance.

  • Plan your journey  Where possible we recommend that you travel to the University by foot or cycle. If that’s not possible take a look at guidance on the safe use of public transport during Covid-19.

  • Wear a mask - When you arrive, make sure to access the campus via a main reception. Please wear a mask while moving around inside the buildings, in face to face situations, or if someone you are with is uncomfortable, unless you are exempt for medical or religious reasons. If you would like one you can ask for a sticker that lets everyone know you are exempt, just ask our reception team. You may be asked to follow specific rules if you are working in a lab or a making workshop. Please ensure that you follow instructions from teaching staff and technicians.

Travelling to the University

Where possible, we recommend that students and staff travel to work by foot or cycle. Where this is not possible, public transport can be used, although staff should consider whether parts of the journey can be replaced by walking, avoiding travel at peak times. View the guidance on the safe use of public transport during Covid-19.

Additional car parking spaces have been created at the University, which are available by booking through the Estates help desk.

NHS Covid-19 app

We strongly encourage students, staff and visitors to download and use the NHS Covid-19 app

Additional advice for students and staff

You are now required to show evidence of a negative Covid test from within the past three days in order to access campus facilities. Order free Covid tests from the NHS or find out more about our onsite testing centres. 

If you have symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste):

  • Self-isolate at your current address as soon as the symptoms start
  • Inform your course leader (students) or line manager (staff)
  • Let us know by emailing covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk
  • Order a test from the NHS Test and Trace scheme in line with government guidance

Our Student Services team will be in touch to make sure you have the advice, guidance and support you need. 

Further information for staff working is available on the Staff Zone.

If you've been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and need to self-isolate, or need to self-isolate for other reasons:

Our Student Services team will be in touch to make sure you have the advice, guidance and support you need.

Further information for staff working is available on Staff Zone.

If you've tested positive for Covid-19:

  • Self-isolate at your current address in line with NHS guidance
  • Confirm the result with your course leader (students) or line manager (staff)
  • Let us know by emailing covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk
  • Complete 10 days of self-isolation

The NHS Test and Trace team will contact you to find out who you have been in contact with. Our Student Services team will be in touch to make sure you have the advice, guidance and support you need.

Further information for staff working is available on the Staff Zone.

When a person who has symptoms receives a positive test for Covid-19, the NHS Test and Trace service will ask them to share information about their close contacts just before and after they developed symptoms.

Any non-household contacts who need to self-isolate will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. They will receive a formal notification (either a phone call, letter, email or text message) setting out what to do.

The period of self-isolation will be for 10 days from the point of most recent contact with the person who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Further information for staff working is available on the Staff Zone.

If you've been on campus/in close contact with someone else who has symptoms or a positive test, you don't need to self-isolate while the person with symptoms waits for their test results, unless you feel unwell yourself. However, if you are concerned that you were in close contact but have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace you can contact the London Met's Covid Response Team via covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk to find out more.

Further information for staff working is available on the Staff Zone.

  • Do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home.
  • Do not attend work. You will need to contact your line manager/supervisor and tell them that you have been told to self-isolate.
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care.
  • Try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible.
  • If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.
  • People you live with do not need to self-isolate unless a person in that household has had symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home.
  • Further information for staff working is available on the Staff Zone.

Read our staff guide to reporting and managing potential cases (login required).