Student and Staff Wellbeing

Booking a COVID-19 Rapid Test (LFD)

All students with no symptoms are encouraged to book a COVID-19 Rapid Test, free of charge, through our testing centre at the Frederick Douglass Centre.

By taking a test, even if you don’t have symptoms, you can help keep your family members and your community back home safe. Once you have taken your test you should limit your contact with others until you get your result (normally within 30 minutes).

Remember that you will need to book TWO Tests. Where possible these should be 3 days apart, if this is not possible this can be extended to 5 days.  If you have any queries please get in touch: For students: Covid Support and for colleagues: Occupational Health.

Please note:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days, you should not take this LFD test as this could result in a ‘false positive’.
  • This test is for students without any symptoms. If you have symptoms, you need to contact the NHS on 119 to book a test.
  • If you are planning to travel outside of the UK, you may need to take a different test from the rapid (LFD) test offered in the main test centre. Please check the government guidance for the country to which you are travelling.  You may require a PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction). If so, the University can support you with this too, we will have more information on the booking process for this very soon which we will update in the FAQs.
  • If you feel you may need a reasonable adjustment for the test due to a disability, cultural, religious or personal factors and you have not done so already, please contact the Wellbeing Team.

Testing will take place at the Frederick Douglass Centre (Building 106 on the campus map).

Please arrive on time and bring your mobile phone and smart card along with you for the registration process.

If you have any questions about the test, please check our FAQs, contact our COVID Support centre by email covidsupport@newcastle.ac.uk or call the COVID Helpline on 0191 222 5101 which is open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.