Test-to-access

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.

Get tested for Covid to access campus

To keep our communities safe, students and staff are required to show evidence of a negative Covid test from within the past three days in order to access a campus. London Met has testing centres at both its Holloway Road and Aldgate campuses - booking is no longer required, just turn up!

You can also register an at-home test result at our testing centres or at our receptions when you arrive on campus - boxes of these tests are available to collect from our test centres or can be ordered through the NHS. Whether you are tested on site or at home, you should scan your student or staff card at the test centre when registering your result, to keep our data up-to-date.

We will guide you through the process before you arrive at the testing station and there will be dedicated staff on hand to answer any questions you may have. It would be helpful to familiarise yourself with how to use a self swabbing kit before you arrive.  

Why do I need to take a test if I have no symptoms?

Research has suggested that a large number of people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms, but can still transmit the disease to others. By taking a test when you don't have symptoms you will be helping the NHS to fight Covid-19 and keeping your friends and family safe.

Can I get a test on campus if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

No. If you do have symptoms, such as a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or have lost your sense of taste and smell, please do not book a test through this scheme and do not come on to campus. Instead, please book a test through the central NHS system.

What do I need to bring?

  • a mask or face covering
  • some hand sanitiser if possible
  • a bottle of water
  • your phone, computer or tablet in order to scan the unique barcode linked with your test.

Covid testing FAQs

We expect everyone visiting any London Met building to have an on-site test, or have proof of a negative result received within the three days before their visit. You’ll be playing an important role in the fight against the pandemic and helping the whole country return to normal as soon as possible. If you are on campus and do not have proof, you will be asked to go to the nearest testing centre immediately.

When you arrive at the campus, you can go straight to the test centre to either get tested, or show your home test result, and get an ‘I’ve Been Tested’ sticker to wear. There are different stickers for each day, which will make it clear when you have had a recent test. When you are on site, have your phone/device ready to show your recent negative test result email from the NHS, when asked.

With more staff and students returning to site, the risk of a local spike in transmission is much higher. One in three people with coronavirus don’t show symptoms, and adults under 40 have the highest asymptomatic transmission rate. That combined with new variants possibly evading our vaccination programme, means that we need you to help stop transmission by taking part in regular testing on campus.

If you cannot show proof, you will be required to take a test at the nearest on site test centre, or will be asked to leave the campus if you choose not to do this. You can access additional information and support through your School Office.  

Yes, you can order kits from the NHS to be delivered to your home, to test yourself there.

You can also collect a kit of seven tests from our on campus test centres to take home with you (“LFD Collect”). 

When you take a test at home it is very important that you register the result with the NHS, so you can show the emailed result they send you when you get to campus.

All London Met students and members of staff can get a test on campus as long as: 

  • you do not have symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • you have not been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus or is displaying symptoms of the virus. If you have, follow NHS guidelines.

We’ve created COVID-safe testing centres in the Great Hall at Holloway Road campus and in the Wash Houses at the Aldgate campus. You can use whichever testing location is most convenient for you, regardless of where you normally have your lectures. 

Where possible, please avoid using public transport when visiting to take a test. Have a look at the information about travelling to and from university information on our keeping you safe webpages.

You will give a sample via a swab which will be used in something called a ‘lateral flow antigen test.’ The sample will be applied to the absorbent pad of the test, which will detect the presence or absence of COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are safe, inexpensive, and provide reliable results. The devices are also designed to be easy to use. Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted at our dedicated testing site either by trained personnel or as a self-test with supervision from trained personnel.

Make sure you have a face covering, and your University ID card. 

You also need to bring a mobile device, your phone or a tablet device; and a bottle of water so you can rinse your mouth before the swab takes place.

If you don’t have a phone or tablet we have spares for you to use at the testing Centre.

On arrival at the test centre, you should scan your student or staff card on the card reader.

Do not come to the test centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

It’s really important that you bring the following:

  • A form of student/staff ID
  • Your phone, tablet or laptop. This will be used to scan a unique barcode that will be associated with your test to provide you with your results. If you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you.
  • A bottle of water so you can rinse your mouth before taking the test.
  • A face covering or mask. You’ll need to:
    • Make sure it covers your mouth and nose
    • Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again.
  • If possible, bring your personal hand sanitizer as you will be required to clean your hands before testing.

Please also wear flat shoes for health and safety reasons.

  • A member of staff will welcome you and talk you through the whole process.
  • You’ll need to follow social distancing by staying at least two metres from other people at the test site, including staff
  • Once on site, you’ll need to register your test online, using your own mobile device, before you take the test. If you need help with this, please ask the site staff. They’ll help you while maintaining social distancing.
  • The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes.

Once you have had your test, you will receive your results from NHS Test and Trace within a few hours. If you do test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate and inform London Met.

If you receive a negative result, we would ask that you book a new confirmatory test within three days. Our aim is to test everybody twice.

If you are on campus you should leave at once. You will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace who will advise you to self-isolate. 

Next you should inform your course leader or line manager and let us know by emailing our COVID-19 reporting email address: covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk.

We know that you might be concerned, but please don’t worry, we will do all we can to make sure you’re supported while you self-isolate. Please take a look at the advice for students and staff on our keeping you safe pages for guidance.  

Please do not get another test during your self-isolation period or for 90 days after this.

A negative test during your self-isolation period will not mean that you are no longer infectious, and will not allow you to end isolation early or travel during this period.

Your result will be shared with the NHS Track and Trace Service only. It will not be shared with London Met - as mentioned above, if you do test positive please let us know on covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk so we can make sure we provide you with the support you need.

You must be able to show a recent (within three days) negative test result to be on campus.

The government has recommended that everyone should be testing twice weekly.

The test centres are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are bringing a visitor to site, for example a model for a photoshoot, or a contractor, you can book them a test centre appointment for a test by emailing covidtestclassbookings@londonmet.ac.uk. Please leave at least a day’s notice for test centre staff to book them in.

Please see our data privacy statement here.

No. If you're coming to campus and have tested at home, please don't bring and show your plastic lateral flow device, as it's a biohazard. Please register the result of your test on the NHS website, as outlined in the test instructions, and have the confirmatory email ready to show at reception instead.