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COVID-19 Information & Guidance


 University testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19):

The following people are eligible for a PCR swab test if they have symptoms of possible SARS-CoV-2 infection:

  • Staff at the University of Cambridge and its colleges
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students currently in Cambridge
  • Staff at Cambridge Assessment
  • Staff at Cambridge University Press
  • Household contacts (anyone who shares a bathroom, toilet or kitchen with any of the above).

The test involves a simple nose and throat swab and should take less than three minutes. It will show whether you are infected, helping you protect yourself, your friends and colleagues, and the wider Cambridge community.

You should only request a test if your symptoms include: fever, persistent cough, a change in sense of smell/taste, or any other 'flu-like symptoms such as sore throat or muscle aches. You should not request a test if you have no symptoms.

If you have any of the above symptoms call Addenbrooke’s Hospital Occupational Health on 01223 216767 (08:30 to 16:30 Mon-Fri), stating that you wish to be tested as part of the University of Cambridge’s testing programme. A nurse will discuss your symptoms and, in most cases, book you a PCR test.

You will be offered a test at one of two locations: The S2 Pods at Addenbrooke's Hospital or at the Pod outside the Dyson Building, Department of Engineering, Fen Causeway entrance.

Please click on the links below for directions to the testing locations, who to contact, and the steps that you and your household contacts should take:

The latest guidance on COVID-19:

The latest guidance and advice from the University of Cambridge and Public Health England’s Health Protection Team can be found at: This includes:

  • Students: Information for students about exams and assessment, teaching and learning, admissions and finance.
  • Health: Links to the latest government and NHS advice and what to do if you display coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
  • Wellbeing: Information about wellbeing and sources of support.
  • Working arrangements: Answers to your questions about working arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Travel: Advice to follow if you are studying, working or travelling overseas including travel insurance, current and planned travel, or if you recently returned to the country.
  • Visas and immigration: Information for students and staff about immigration including visa status, guidance for Faculties and Departments on ‘Right to Work’ checks and access to the NHS for overseas visitors.
  • Advice for Institutions: Includes how to manage staff remotely, recruitment and contractual issues.
  • University statements: See all the information shared with students and staff about what the University and Colleges are doing in response to the outbreak.

Additional University guidance & information:

Health & Safety Executive guidance:


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