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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.

Please note: University testing cannot be used for test to release. This includes staff and students who are currently isolating having travelled from an Amber List country. For information on post arrival testing please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): travelling from an amber country | nidirect.

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Test Centre Opening Hours

  • South Dining Hall *
    • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 6pm
    • Friday and Saturday: CLOSED
    • Sunday: 9am to 6pm
  • Elms BT9 (Elms Village Treehouse) 
    • Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm
  • Queen's Accommodation - BT1 
    • Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm 
  • Queen's Accommodation - BT2 
    • Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm
  • LFD Collect Home test Kits (South Dining Hall)*
    • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 6pm
    • Friday: 10.30am to 4pm;
    • Saturday: CLOSED
    • Sunday: 9am to 6pm

* Please note the South Dining Hall is closed for cleaning between 1pm and 2pm.


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.

South Dining Hall Test Centre

Our test centre in the South Dining Hall is located to the right of the main Lanyon Building façade, and directly beside the Whitla Hall.

Photograph of exterior of South Dining Hall on cloudy day
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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