Information for students

Testing and isolation

We can all protect ourselves and others by following government advice around social distancing, shielding of extremely vulnerable people, self-isolating and testing and tracing if we display any symptoms, no matter how mild.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you need to book a coronavirus test you can apply online or call 119.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

Testing and isolation FAQs

All Leeds Beckett University students should take two Covid-19 tests a week. 

Regular testing has the potential to identify anyone who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is therefore unaware they have coronavirus. This will help break chains of transmission among households and reduce the risk of onward transmission. If you have symptoms, you must follow Government guidance and book an NHS test.

Testing is available at both our City and Headingley campuses. You can walk up for your tests.

Our Covid-19 test centre on Headingley Campus has moved to a different building, Campus Central, and also serves as a collection point for rapid lateral flow tests. You can choose to collect your test to take away or use the booths on site. 

Help and guidance is available from staff on how to take these tests either at home or in the booths.

Please remember to record all results on the Government website. If you have any queries please email TestCentres@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

There are no changes to the Covid-19 test centre on City Campus. You can continue to walk up for your free lateral flow tests on weekdays.

Full details about booking and the answers to the most frequently asked questions are available on the testing section of our Coronavirus webpages.

The closest NHS testing site to Leeds Beckett's campuses is the walk-through testing site at the Gryphon Sports Centre on the University of Leeds campus (Woodsley Road, LS2 9LZ) which is open seven days a week from 08:00 until 20:00. Full details about testing sites and other options such as postal testing kits are available on the NHS website.

When students move into accommodation, they form a household with the others in their flat. If a flatmate tests positive or has the symptoms for coronavirus, all flatmates would then need to isolate in line with government guidance.

They will also need to self-isolate if told to by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app or if they receive a positive result from a PCR Test or a Lateral Flow test.

If students have symptoms of coronavirus, they must follow government guidance for testing and tracing and self-isolation.

They should contact the university to make us aware if they are self-isolating. They will need to contact the Student Advice Hub via:

Arrangements with the Accommodation Team will be made to provide necessary pastoral and practical support and the site team will be informed.

Although it might not be possible for students to entirely separate themselves from family members or flatmates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible. They should follow the NHS guidance around reducing the spread of infection in their household.

Site staff will help facilitate the delivery of supplies to your block/flat door.

  • As soon as possible organise an online food delivery from supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s. It can take several days to get a supermarket delivery, so start early
  • You can order fresh food through apps and websites such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat
  • Ask a friend who is not self-isolating if they can deliver food and essential items to you
  • You also have the option to order food packages through the university and can make an order online. For more information see our menus. Please note that orders can only be processed in working hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm), so please keep this in mind
  • Morrisons offer a Food Boxes service, you can order and pay online for cupboard essentials to be delivered next day
  • Co-op has a deal for food delivery to halls within two hours for 99p with TOTUM student discount
  • If you need food fast, Sainsbury’s Chop Chop service offers small deliveries in just 60 minutes for a £4.99 delivery fee

If you are struggling to get an online food delivery please get in touch with our Residence Life team at reslife@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

We provide all our students with advice and guidance on social distancing within their residence, and details of our expectations on this are included in the accommodation agreement. Our Residence Life team provide online, telephone and face-to-face support.

We understand that this situation is unsettling. Our Student Wellbeing Team continue to provide telephone support and counselling and can also direct students to a range of self-help resources. Please visit our Student Wellbeing pages to find out more.

Our university offers an online counselling service via Kooth Student which is accessible during afternoons, evenings and weekends. Students can sign up to the platform with Kooth Student directly.

In addition, our chaplains can provide a confidential ‘listening ear’ to students and colleagues of all faiths and none.

During the pandemic it is important that you look after your mental wellbeing, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Visit our dedicated advice pages on self-isolation for a range of activities and advice which will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.