Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms.  About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. 

Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

The University is providing home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff.

You can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.  This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.  Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Staff who are not working on Penglais Campus can order a home-testing kit online so that it can be delivered to another campus – online orders can be placed here.

When using a home testing kit for COVID-19 please make sure you follow the instructions provided with the kit. 

Details of how the COVID-19 lateral flow device test works, interpreting the result, and what to do if you test positive are available on the Welsh Government website.

You should report rapid lateral flow test results the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is - report your lateral flow test result here

Frequently asked questions

Will the University be testing staff and students for COVID-19?

You should take a COVID-19 test before you come to university, and a lateral flow test regularly for the first 28 days after you arrive. This will help to limit the transmission of the virus.

Testing is voluntary, but we strongly recommend you take part in these tests for those without symptoms. This will help keep the university community safe as well as in-person university activity safe and open.

Where can I pick up my testing kit on campus?

Home testing kits for students and staff are available for collection from the Medrus (Penbryn) and Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

There is no need to book in advance, but bring your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Staff who are not working on Penglais Campus can order a home-testing kit online so that it can be delivered to another campus – online orders can be placed here.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result here.

Why should I get tested if I have no symptoms?

The lateral flow test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others.   

Do I still need to get tested even after I have the vaccine?

Yes. You should continue to get tested regardless of whether you have received one or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

It’s important to remember that the vaccine does not make you immune to catching or spreading coronavirus, it simply reduces the likelihood of you becoming seriously ill.

I need to get a COVID-19 test before international travel. What do I need to do?

The test that the University is currently offering to asymptomatic students is a lateral flow test and not the PCR test that most airlines require - please check the exact specifications of the test and the timeframe you need to have it in with your airline.


If you need a PCR test for travelling purposes you will need to pay to have this done privately. There are no local providers for a walk in service but tests are available from the following companies: