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Book a free COVID-19 Test

It’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it. By taking a test when you don’t have symptoms, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.


All students and staff should get tested before coming on to campus for any reason and then arrange regular testing twice a week or as often as possible for as long as you are on campus. In the first instance, you should arrange two tests no less than three days and no more than seven days apart.

Book your test

From Monday 26 April, an additional testing site will open at the Elms Village Treehouse, with testing available at this location from 9.00am - 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Testing will continue to be available from the Whitla Hall test centre, with hours of operation changing from 26 April to 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm - 6pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Get Tested to Protect Others

This testing is only for students and staff without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) - to help confirm that you do not have COVID-19.

This will help to protect those at high risk, fight the virus and ultimately help enable us to go back to as normal a way of life as possible.

The lateral flow testing programme does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any member of the Queen’s community develops symptoms at any time, it is essential that you self-isolate immediately and book a test here.

Your support and commitment is vital in ensuring the campus remains a safe place to live, work and study.

Whitla Hall Test Centre

Our test centre in the Whitla Hall is located directly beside the main Lanyon Building.

University Road, Belfast
Northern Ireland, BT7 1NN

How Does it Work?

  1. Book your two tests online and get a time slot
  2. You will swab yourself to do the test
  3. Get the results within around an hour

We recommend you get tested twice a week, or as often as possible. You should have at least one negative test before engaging in any activity on campus (including, for example, going to the library).

If you test negative, you can engage with your scheduled activities on campus. If you test positive, you and members of your household will be required to self-isolate and you will have to make necessary arrangements for your on-campus commitments.

Read: My experience of getting tested

Students: Book a test before returning to campus

Living in University accommodation?

Students will be able to check in before taking a test but should arrange a test for the day of their arrival or as soon as possible after they have moved in.

Living in private rented accommodation?

Students should arrange two asymptomatic tests 3-7 days apart and should not engage in on-campus activity until you have had at least one negative asymptomatic test.


Staff should arrange two asymptomatic tests before returning to work on the campus or as soon as possible thereafter and, where possible, avoid being on campus until you have had at least one negative test.

If you have work or study commitments that you are expected to attend on campus and have not been able to access a test due to lack of capacity, please contact and, if possible, you will be accommodated with a test before your first commitment.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Asymptomatic Testing
The Testing Process

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