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. 

You can register an lateral flow test result at our receptions when you arrive on campus - boxes of these tests can be ordered through the NHS, collected at our campus receptions or collected from a local pharmacy using a Collect Code - find out more about getting a Collect Code.

Remember, lateral flow tests are only to be used if you don't have symptoms of Covid. 

if you do forget to test before coming to site, we have supported self-test areas in the Great Hall at Holloway campus and The Wash Houses at Aldgate campus. These are open from 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

We will have staff on hand to help you through the process should you have any difficulties. If you test positive here you should report the positive test to the University via covidreport@londonmet.ac.uk and then go straight home. 

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.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you do have symptoms, such as:

  • a new continuous cough;
  • a high temperature;
  • loss of sense of taste and smell;
  • fatigue;
  • night sweats;
  • scratchy throat;
  • dry throat;
  • muscle aches;

please do not come to campus. Instead, please book a PCR test through the central NHS system.

Covid testing FAQs

We expect everyone visiting any London Met building to 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 collect a test from reception and take it immediately, and wait for the result before accessing campus.

When you get tested, you should register your result online with the NHS - if it is negative they will send you a confirmatory email or text.

When you arrive at campus, you can show your 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 receptions to take home with you, or from a local pharmacy using a Collect Code - find out more about getting a Collect Code.

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.

Follow the instructions in the package carefully. You will take a nasal and/or throat sample via a swab which will be used in something called a ‘lateral flow antigen test.’ You then apply the sample to the absorbent pad of the test, which will detect the presence or absence of COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are safe and designed to be easy to use.

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.

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.

If a visitor or contractor at London Met has arrived at campus without taking a test, they can collect one at reception and take it in one of our dedicated rooms for conducting self tests.

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.