Covid-19 testing at Goldsmiths

Students and staff at Goldsmiths can access free Covid-19 NHS testing on campus.

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It is now essential that students and colleagues undertake NHS Covid-19 testing before they start accessing our facilities and estate.

Testing in January

Testing is available on the following days:

  • Week beginning 11 January: Monday and Thursday and Friday
  • Week beginning 18 January: Monday and Thursday
  • Week beginning 25 January: Monday and Thursday

During these weeks campus testing will be a priority for:

  • Students in halls of residence
  • Students who require access to practice-based learning spaces on campus
  • Students from Educational Studies and Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies who need access to campus for their studies
  • Students who are starting at Goldsmiths this term
  • Staff whose role means they must be on campus to carry out their work

You may have the option of getting tested near to where you live through your local council.

Who can be tested

Testing is for Goldsmiths students and staff with no symptoms of Covid-19 and who are not self-isolating.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms do not come to campus for this test. Follow these instructions instead.

Book your tests

You will need to take two tests, three days apart.
You must limit your contact with other people between tests.

About testing

The tests are simple, quick and free. It is provided by the NHS and overseen by professional clinical staff on campus.

We will be using Lateral Flow Antigen tests to detect the presence or absence of Covid-19.

It uses a swab to take a sample from your mouth and nose. You will take this sample yourself so you can do it painlessly. A trained person will help you with this.

This sample is then analysed and the results will be sent to you by email or text message. You could get this in minutes, but it may take a few hours.

Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.


The test is administered by the NHS. You will register with them on the day of your test. They will send you the results.

Goldsmiths are not told the results of your test.

The Tests

You will be emailed instructions when you book.

You will need to bring your Goldsmiths ID card and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

Before your test, you will register on the NHS Testing website.  Please bring a phone, tablet or laptop to do this on if you can.

This video explains the process:

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What to do if you...

Get a positive test result

If you test positive, you will be asked to take a further confirmatory PCR test. Book this online at GOV.UK.

You must not travel away from your term-time home and start self-isolating. Following your PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will give you instructions on how to long to self-isolate for.

The NHS does not tell Goldsmiths your test result. Use the Student Covid-19 Reporting Form to tell us and will we contact you to offer support.

Are already self-isolating

This test is meant for people who do not show symptoms and who are not close contacts of confirmed cases.

You must continue your self-isolation and not come to campus for a test.