Imperial offers two different asymptomatic testing options which are both free for students and staff. 

If you are attending campus and/or you live in halls of residence, you will be required to take weekly tests.

If you choose to use the PCR testing scheme, you should take one test per week. 

If you choose to use LFD Collect, the collection service for testing at home, you should take two tests per week. 

There are three exceptions to the need for weekly testing: 

  • If you have symptoms, do not take a test through our schemes and do not come onto campus. Instead please follow the NHS advice to book a test.   
  • If you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the College's COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub, you should not take a test through our schemes.  
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must NOT take another test during your isolation period or for 90 days after the positive test unless you develop new COVID-19 symptoms. 

How do I report my tests?

Type of test How do I report my result?
LFD test – negative result
LFD test – positive result 

College PCR test – negative result

  •  No reporting required
College PCR test – positive result   
NHS or private PCR test – negative result 
NHS or private PCR test – positive result
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What are the other differences between the College's two options for weekly testing? 

PCR testing schemeLFD Collect 
You must book a testing slot in advance   You visit one of our collection points or order via the government website
You take the test at one of our testing sessions  You take the test at home 
You usually receive the results within 36 working hours of when the test was taken  You receive the results in 30 minutes 
You must report positive results to the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub You must report all results via the COVID Rapid testing reporting’ form on MyImperial and to the NHSas well as reporting positive results to the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub
You should take one test per week  You should take two tests per week  
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Frequently asked questions

I have been vaccinated - do I still need to take weekly tests?

Yes - if you are attending campus regularly, you should continue to take weekly tests.

I am a student travelling to Imperial from within the UK - what testing do I need to do?

Testing is an important way of reducing the risk of transmission following movement of students across the country. You should test before you travel to Imperial by ordering free lateral flow device (LFD) tests online or collecting from your local pharmacy.  

Once you arrive at Imperial, you should take two LFD tests three to four days apart. If you are living in Imperial halls of residence, you will find a batch of tests in your room. Otherwise, you can pick up free tests from one of our collection points on campus or order free tests online. You must log your test results on the NHS webpage and on the COVID Rapid Testing reporting form on MyImperial.  

Regular testing will enable us to continue offering in-person teaching and keep College facilities open. If you are attending campus and/or you live in halls of residence, you will be required to take weekly tests. 

Can I book another test if I have tested positive?

Please do not book another test during your isolation period or for 90 days after this, unless you develop new COVID-19 symptoms.

This is because the tests can remain positive (due to fragments of inactive virus) for up to 90 days after infection. This does not mean that you are still infectious, so once any fever has settled and you have completed the required isolation period you can attend campus. 
 
A negative test during isolation will not mean that you are no longer infectious, and will not allow you to end isolation early or travel during this period.

Where do I find data on the number of positive tests at the College?

We publish anonymous data daily (Monday to Friday) on the total number of positive tests reported to the College. Visit the COVID-19 testing data page