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If you are travelling to or from overseas, please visit our dedicated travel webpages for information.

COVID-19 symptoms?

Please visit our Rapid Response Hub for further information.

Test regularly for COVID-19




It continues to be vitally important that everyone gets tested twice a week, every week, to help protect our University community. It’s fast and easy.

LFD testing is available on campus and via home test kits – please see our website for more details. 

If you are based in Cornwall, please book to collect a home test kit from the Penryn Heart Reception or Falmouth Campus Reception.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

The type of test you need is different. If you are experiencing symptoms, please self-isolate and book a PCR test. Details of how to do this can be found on our Rapid Response Hub


If your test is positive:

If your LFD test is postitve and you do not have symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately but there is no need to book a PCR/HALO test. If you have symptoms, you need to book a PCR/HALO test and you can do this via our Rapid Response Hub or by ordering online via the Government booking website

Please let us know you have a positive LFD or PCR/HALO test via our online results form:

If the test confirms that you’re positive, you’ll need to continue self-isolating for 10 days. You may be able to end isolation on day seven, for further details on how to finish it early, please refer to the NHS website. Any close contacts will need to take daily LFD tests - there is no requirement for them to self-isolate, unless they are unvaccinated.

From the 17 January, you may be able to finish your self-isolation after five full days if you have negative LFD tests on days five and six. 

Information on the support available to you if you need to self-isolate can be found on our dedicated webpages.

If your PCR result is negative, you’re free to come out of isolation - please email the Rapid Response Hub to let them know.

If your test is negative:

If your LFD result is negative, then you do not need to take any further action. Please continue to follow the Government guidance to help us protect our community, and continue to test regularly twice a week, every week. 

Reporting your home test results

Once you get your home test result, you must report your results to the Government’s online LFD result registration. Details on how to do this are included in your kit. You must report your result whether it is negative, positive or void.

How to report your home test kit result – choices to make:

Who was the test for? Please select Option 2  (A nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider)

Which of these best describes you? Please select Option 1 or 2

Option 1 - work for a nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider (teaching and other staff)

Option 2 - go to school, college or university (students and pupils)

What's the name or postcode of the University? Please input Exeter and enter the University postcode - EX4 4RN. Please do not enter ATS site ID.

If you test positive, you must self-isolate and also book a PCR test via our Rapid Response Hub 

Iyou have any symptoms of COVID-19, the test you need is different. Please contact our Rapid Response Hub to book a PCR test.

Frequently asked questions

Some COVID-19 tests may detect residual virus for some time after you have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. This means that, even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer infectious, there is a possibility that you may return a positive COVID-19 test result.

The Government advises that if you have had a confirmed PCR test for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to take either an LFD or PCR test unless you have symptoms. 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 again, even if you have recovered from COVID-19 previously, please arrange a test immediately through our Rapid Response Hub.

Yes. It can take several weeks for the vaccine to offer maximum protection from COVID-19. Furthermore, we don’t yet know whether individuals who have been vaccinated could still transmit COVID-19 disease to others. Therefore, any student or staff member currently using our campuses should to continue to get tested twice per week. 

Most infections with COVID-19 resolve within the first 4 weeks. “Long COVID” is an informal term that is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after an acute infection of COVID. Depending on how long you have ongoing symptoms for, it can be called one of 2 things:

  • Ongoing symptomatic COVID This is where your symptoms continue for more than 4 weeks. If your symptoms last for longer than 12 weeks, it will then be called;
  • Post-COVID Syndrome This is where your ongoing symptoms continue for longer than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by any other condition.

If you are concerned about any of your symptoms contact your GP – they should offer you an initial consultation and provide access to any further assessments or care that they determine you need. For more information on “Long COVID” then please visit the NHS dedicated guidance.  

Disclaimer - LFD Testing

A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time. There is, however, the potential for the test result to be a false negative and that an individual is infected with Covid-19, but not yet have a high enough level of the virus for this to be registered by the LFD test. There is also the potential for an individual to become infected in the hours or days after taking a LFD test. It is therefore extremely important that every individual continues to test twice a week. 
Due to the potential for the LFD test to return an incorrect result to an individual, the University of Exeter cannot guarantee that the LFD test result an individual receives is accurate. Consequently, the University of Exeter does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the LFD Test and under no circumstances will the University of Exeter accept liability for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered by an individual which results from or is in connection with an individual having taken an LFD test provided by the University of Exeter.”