Coronavirus information and guidance

Covid tests for students and staff

Updated: 2 September 2021, 2pm

The University of St Andrews is working with the Scottish Government to ensure all students and staff have regular access to free, asymptomatic Covid tests. It is strongly recommended that you take regular tests as it is still possible to transmit the virus even if you are fully vaccinated and are displaying no symptoms.

This testing is only for people who do not have symptoms of Covid. If you are displaying symptoms or think you might have Covid-19, please contact our Covid Helpdesk or seek a test via NHS Test and Protect.

Why should I take regular tests?

Regular testing can help reassure you that you are unlikely to be infectious and are therefore unlikely to pass on Covid to others, as young people in particular are likely to have no symptoms but are still able to spread the virus. It is not, however, an absolute guarantee that you do not have Covid.

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you may still be at risk of falling ill or experiencing long-term effects of Covid. Regular testing alongside vaccination are key parts of keeping ourselves and our community safe. 

Where can I collect tests from?

You can collect test kits containing multiple tests from the front desk of most halls of residence, the Sports Centre, the Students’ Association building, the Library and the ASC.

Find your nearest collection point here.

How often should I take the test?

Twice weekly, and preferably on the same days each week.

How do I take the test?

These tests are ACON Flowflex nose-only tests. You can download a guide to using them in various formats from the UK Government website or watch the video guide on YouTube.

How long does it take for the results to show?

The test results will show after 15 minutes. The test result must be read within 30 mins or the result will be void.

What do I do if my result is negative?

You should report your results on the NHS Inform website.

What do I do if my result is positive?

If you test positive, please inform the Covid Helpdesk as soon as possible – they will provide guidance on self-isolation and can assist you in booking a follow-up PCR test with NHS Test and Protect at the walk-in testing centre at Victory Memorial Hall.

What if I don’t want to take a test?

That is entirely your decision. Whilst we do very strongly recommend it, particularly given the risk of young people carrying the virus but exhibiting no symptoms, taking regular tests is entirely voluntary.

Can I still get tests elsewhere through the government programme?

Yes! Lateral Flow Device (LFD) kits can be ordered for delivery or collected from your nearest pharmacy if that is more convenient to you. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.


Further information

Please contact our Covid Helpdesk for any questions about the St Andrews testing programme.


Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 4146