Get tested at LSE

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

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Important updates:

Testing to access campus

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

New: Introducing home testing

Students and staff have the option to book an appointment to pick up a home testing kit (containing 7 tests) from our testing centre and take your rapid lateral flow test at home, when convenient for you. Once complete, record your result online to access campus.

To collect your home testing kit, book a slot at our testing centre and complete your first test on site.

How to record your home test result

To record your result online, go to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result 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 "LFD: London" and choose “LFD: London Schl of Eco & Pol Sci: BENI (WC2A 2AP)" 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)

PCR tests for travelling

If you're travelling 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.


 

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.

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 will need a negative test result to access buildings on campus, including:

- 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (32 LIF)
- Centre Building (CBG)
- Fawcett House (FAW)
- The Library (LRB)
- New Academic Building (NAB)
- Old Building (OLD)
- Pankhurst House (PAN)
- Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW). 

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.

Tests you can book at LSE

Testing is one of the most effective ways we can prevent, protect and minimise risk on campus, in halls of residence, and everywhere in our community.

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're in London, you must continue to get tested at least twice a week to access campus and halls. 

Select the type of test you need to book from the list below:  

Testing is open for students and staff only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tests for friends and relatives. 

If you are a student-staff member please book using the student link. 

If you're a new member of staff and you're having trouble booking a test please contact ARD Systems at ard.systems@lse.ac.uk who'll be able to add you to the system. 

Visit our FAQs for more information about testing at LSE. 

Remember, if you receive a negative test, you still need to follow all guidelines in place at LSE and in the UK.  


 

Travel related testing

Information for those returning to the UK, travelling overseas in exceptional circumstances, and those taking part in the test to release scheme. 

If you are travelling 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.

Travelling to the UK

From 15 February the UK government has changed the rules about what you need to do when travelling to England. This includes new quarantine and testing protocols, which are being run by the UK government:  

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. This includes self-isolating at home for 10 full days on arrival and getting tested on days 2 and 8 of your arrival. 

Tests must be booked in a 'testing package' provided by the UK government. Due to the nature of the tests they cannot be provided by LSE. If you come to get tested on days 2 and 8, you will be turned away from LSE's testing centre. 

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.

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. 

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

Current guidance from the UK government is that you do not travel at this time. 

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

Remember, LSE cannot provide government 'testing packages' required to enter England. 

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

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

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

Test to release scheme

Arrivals from non-red-list countries must follow government advice on quarantine. This includes self-isolating at home for 10 full days on arrival and getting tested on days 2 and 8 of your arrival. These tests on day 2 and day 8 must be booked in a 'testing package' provided by the UK government - they cannot be provided by LSE. 

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. The forms the government use for Test to release require the traveller to input the name of the test laboratory and LSE use Future Health Technologies Ltd.

This is called the ‘test to release scheme’ and you can book a test for release on day 5 at LSE for this reason. 

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 £4,000 fine. 

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.

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. 

Book your test (student)

Book your test (staff)

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.