Student Test Site

Don't take the virus home for Christmas

Help keep your family safe if you are travelling home for Christmas.

The University is setting up free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests on our Glasgow campus to enable our students to return home for the festive break

Students without COVID-19 symptoms, but who carry the virus (meaning they are asymptomatic) are likely to spread the virus to others. By getting tested, you will prevent the virus from spreading and help protect your family and friends.

We are asking that students continue living at their term-time accommodation for now and minimise any opportunity to pick up the virus by limiting themselves to only essential reasons to mix with others.

To date we have tested a large number of students and found that an exceptionally low number have received a positive result.  We want to ensure you, your family and wider community are as safe as possible, so please ensure you book to get tested.

Student Test Site

Our testing site will be based on our Glasgow campus in the CEE building and will be operational from Monday 30 November to Saturday 12 December. The centre will be open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday (inclusive). If you require to be tested at a later date, please email

What does the test involve?

Students will need to be tested twice, three days apart, between Monday 30 November and Saturday 12 December.

Please note, in order to leave sufficient time for your second test, your first test should be undertaken no later than Wednesday 9th December.

The test is called a lateral-flow test and involves taking a swab from your mouth and nose at the test site. This type of test is quicker and enables us to test more people without the need of a laboratory.

Who is eligible for a test?

Tests will be available for any GCU student intending to return home or to another household for Christmas. 

We have also partnered with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Kelvin College and City of Glasgow College to offer testing for their students at our testing site.

Please note that the Student Testing Site is only available to students who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you should visit or call 0800 028 2816 to arrange a test at an NHS centre.

If you have had a positive COVID-19 test at an NHS test centre in the last 90 days you do not need to book a pre-Christmas test.

Getting to the Student Test Site

The Student Test Site is located on level 0 of the CEE building at our Glasgow campus – just off Cowcaddens Road. There will be prominent signage across campus to direct you to the test site.

Please do not go to the NHS test centre located at the ARC.

Students are reminded that they should follow current guidance when on campus and ensure that they maintain social distancing and they are wearing a face covering when inside university buildings.

Campus Map with STS


Disabled signAccess (Lifts, ramps and automatic doors)

Food signFood and drink

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University Buildings (letters in brackets are the building room number prefix)

  1. Hamish Wood Building (W)
  2. The Sir Alex Ferguson Library
  3. George Moore Building (M) Restaurant, Study Club and Campus Life desk
  4. Govan Mbeki Building (A)
  5. Students’ Association
  6. Arc Health and Wellbeing Facility - NHS test centre 
  7. Centre for Executive Education (CEE) - Student Test Site
  8. William Harley Building (H)
  9. Britannia Building (B)
  10. Charles Oakley Laboratories (C)
  11. Teaching Block (T)
  12. Milton Street Building (MS)
  13. Nursery
  14. Caledonian Court (Student Accommodation)
A guide to visiting the Student Test Site

Please review our step-by-step guide to visiting the Student Test Site. There will be signage and staff to help guide you through the process. Please bring your Student ID or another form of ID with you.


  • Visit the registration desk upon arrival
  • You will receive a test kit (a Lateral Flow Device (LFD)), test card (with QR code) and copies of barcode
  • Scan the QR code on the test card and register via the testing device - you will need to use your mobile phone or a device capable of scanning a QR code

The test

  • Go to an available booth when directed
  • Attach the barcode to the LFD testing device and self-administer the swab


  • Pass the LFD swab through the booth hatch to our staff member for processing.
  • Leave the test site (with barcode attached to the test card)

Getting the result

  • You will receive a result via text and email from NHS Test & Protect. This should be within 24-48 hours of taking the test but could be much sooner.

You are reminded to minimise any opportunity to pick up the virus by limiting yourself to only essential reasons to mix with others.

If you have any questions about the process, or need to cancel your appointment, please contact

Next steps after receiving test results

If you receive two negative test results, you will be advised to return home immediately – within 24 hours of your second test result.

If you test positive in either of your tests at the Student Test Site, you will be legally required to self-isolate for ten days and are advised to book a confirmatory test at an NHS test centre. The rest of your household must also self-isolate in accordance with Scottish Government requirements.

If your confirmatory test comes back negative you are advised to return home immediately – within 24 hours of your confirmatory result. If you test positive in your confirmatory test, you should continue to self-isolate and follow government guidelines.

We recommend you get tested early. If your second test is before 12 December, you should still have time to get home for Christmas.

Please note if you test positive in your first test at the Student Test Site then you should not attend your second test at the Student Test Site and are advised to book your confirmatory test at an NHS test centre – please visit or call 0800 028 2816.

If you test positive you should also notify the University immediately. You should do so by contacting or by phoning +44 141 331 3130. The phone lines will be staffed Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

If you are self-isolating, including if you live in privately rented accommodation, you can email and we will do everything we can to provide you with the support you need.

Keeping up-to-date

We are working in a rapidly changing environment and will keep you updated on any changes to arrangements for our Student Testing Site. We recommend that you regularly check your university email for updates as well as follow us on social media.

Returning to campus in January 2021

It is also essential that we consider how best to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 after the festive period if you are returning to campus.

We will be in touch with further information on how we can work together to do this in the