Get tested at LSE

"Testing is one of the most effective ways to prevent, protect and minimise risk to our LSE community." 



Our testing centre provides a variety of free testing to support you and help keep our campus safe. Below, you can book your test or find out more about what we offer.

If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, contact the National Health Service (NHS) for guidance, inform LSE Trace and do not come to campus. 

Need a test to access campus? Skip the queue! 
collect self-test kits from the Old Building Reception

Book your test
Testing to access campus

Testing for travel
Where to find us
Cancel your test

From the booking portal, you can select the following:

For campus access
Rapid test - collect home test kits to access campus during an appointment at the testing centre. Alternately, you can pick one up at any time from Old Building reception.
PCR test - if you receive a positive rapid / home test result. (If you are symptomatic, you must not come to the Testing centre and instead should get tested via the NHS)

For travel (visit the UK government website for the latest entry requirements)  
Day 2 test - certified day 2 test, to be taken between days 0-2, for UK arrivals
Day 5 test - optional test for lifting quarantine early as per the 'Test to Release' scheme
Day 8 test - certified day 8 test for UK arrivals
PCR test - if you are travelling abroad from the UK (exceptional circumstances only)

Tests can only be booked by LSE staff, students who are currently enrolled and incoming students who have pre-enrolled. If you are a student-staff member please book using the student link.

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

Testing to access campus

All students, staff and visitors must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the last 4 days to access buildings on campus. 

Find out about how to use home testing kits and where you can collect them.

Accessing home testing kits

Students and staff have the option use rapid lateral flow test at home, when convenient for you, for evidence of testing to access campus. Once complete, record your result online to access campus.

You can collect free home test kits through the NHS or if needed or through our testing centre.

To collect your home testing kit, visit the Old Build reception at any time to pick one up. You can also  book a slot at our testing centre.

Book an appointment to collect a home testing kit 

To ensure we’re keeping students in halls of residence and our community on campus safe, we’ve strengthened our testing procedure for anyone coming on to campus. Staff and students must continue to get tested twice a week in order to come to campus, even if you have received a COVID vaccine. 

Before you come to campus you can book an appointment to collect a home testing kit*, containing 7 tests which you can take at home, and record your results online. 

Although we encourage you to use home testing kits, the testing centre on campus will still be open in a limited capacity for you to do a test onsite while supervised by a nurse (or in certain circumstances, get tested by the nurse) and the results processed on-site, if you would prefer. 

Book your appointment (student)

Book your appointment (staff) 

If you can't make your appointment, please cancel your test so someone else can book theirs.

*Please note, the test kits are being provided to LSE for the numbers of students and staff we have coming to campus only.

Recording your home test result

To record your result online, go to and follow the step-by-step process below:

  1. Click start 
  2. Select myself → continue 
  3. Continue without an account → continue 
  4. Select where in the UK you live → continue 
  5. Select 'Yes' or 'No' when asked if you're taking this test for your job, and follow the steps depending on your answer → continue 
  6. Type in "London School of Economics (WC2A 2AE)" from the drop down list → continue 
  7. When was it taken → today or yesterday → continue 
  8. Enter your Test strip ID number (Scan the QR code or type it) 
  9. Record result (negative or positive) - if positive, please book a PCR test to confirm the result

What type of test do I need?

You can show a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid lateral flow test result. Your test result must have been taken in the last four days to ensure entry. The table below gives an indication of how often you should get tested:  

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 *If you have a test on either Tuesday or Wednesday and require access to campus over the weekend you will need to book a further test for Friday as the Test Centre is closed at weekends or use a home test kit for a more recent result. 

More information on testing to access campus

If you are planning to come to campus and have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you must ensure that you have followed all self-isolation protocols and that you are well before you come to campus. 

You may also be asked to show proof of a negative test when accessing other LSE buildings, as the Estates team will be conducting random checks across campus. 

View the LSE campus map online

Do I need to get tested if I've been vaccinated?

Yes, testing is still required for those who have been vaccinated, including those vaccinated twice, until government guidance on this changes.

Make sure you’re registered with a local doctor or general practitioner (GP) so you can be notified when you are eligible to receive your vaccine.

I have received a positive home test result, what do I do? 

If you receive a positive result from your home test, you can book a PCR test to take on campus. However, please do not come to campus if you have symptoms and instead, contact via NHS 111 who can advise you if you need a test and what measures you need to take.  

Travel related testing

Our on campus testing centre offers free PCR testing for travel, including Day 2, 5 and 8 tests to cover UK government requirements, for use on passenger locator forms.

If you are planning to travel to England, visit the UK government website for the latest guidance on entry requirements, testing and quarantining.  

Travelling to the UK

UK government rules around travel are changing regularly - including the quarantine and testing protocols in place. 

Individuals arriving in England who have visited or passed through a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (sometimes called the ‘red list’) cannot get tested at LSE and must follow the government quarantine protocol.

Arrivals from non-red-list countries must also follow government advice on quarantine. Depending on your vaccination status, this may include self-isolating at home for 10 full days on arrival and / or following the government testing scheme for getting tested on day 2 or days 2 and 8 of your arrival. Your day 2 test can be taken between days 0-2 and your arrival day counts as day 0.

In addition to getting tested on days 2 and 8, you can also take a PCR test 5 days after your arrival which, if negative, releases an individual from self-isolation. This is called the ‘test to release scheme’ and you can book a test at LSE for this reason below. A PCR test is different from the rapid test we use for accessing campus and a test result will be available 24-72 hours after taking the test.  Please remember to check your spam/junk email if you do not see your results in the expected time frame.

Swabs are collected at 7pm on test day and the team aim to send out results by 7pm the next day, if not sooner. If you need a test for an upcoming flight, please bear this in mind and monitor your junk/spam inboxes for results if you have not received them in the expected time frame.

Please note, you will still need to take a test on day 8 even if you test negative on day 5 as part of your government testing package. If you don't, you could face a £2,000 fine. 

Travelling abroad in exceptional circumstances

If you are planning to travel to England, visit the UK government website for the latest guidance on entry requirements, testing and quarantining. 

If you have exceptional circumstances which mean you need to travel abroad from the UK, you can book a test at LSE. 

If you are travelling from the UK and need a PCR test please ensure you leave enough time for your result to arrive. Whilst the lab aims to turn around results in 24 hours this is from 7pm of the day of your test, not from the time of your test and cannot be guaranteed. Results can sometimes take up to 48 hours to arrive. If you haven’t received your result please allow 48 hours before contacting us to chase it up. Please also remember to check your spam/junk email as well.

*Please note, this testing service is for individuals with exceptional circumstances only. 

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

Tests can only be booked by LSE staff, students who are currently enrolled and incoming students who have pre-enrolled. If you are a student-staff member please book using the student link.

Where to find us

Our testing centre is now located in the Alumni Centre

LSE Alumni Centre, Centre Building CBG G.05
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AD

Cancelling your test 

We have a limited number of slots per day so please try and keep your appointment, however you can cancel below if needed.

Cancel a test (students) 

Cancel a test (staff) 

You can also find more information on how to get tested outside of LSE via NHS 111 who can advise you if you need a test and what measures you need to take.