General advice for students, staff and visitors

Advice and information about coronavirus Covid-19 that is relevant to everyone. If you have immediate concerns for your own health please call NHS 111 or use the NHS online coronavirus service.

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Report now

You should use our self-isolation reporting form to:

  • Report symptoms
  • Notify us that you're self-isolating
  • Report a positive test result.

Asymptomatic testing

All students and staff are expected to take a lateral flow test twice a week (every three to four days) to check that you are not carrying Covid-19. This includes those who have been partially or fully vaccinated as you may still get infected and spread the disease.

Participation in asymptomatic Covid-19 tests for those who do not have symptoms is important because:

  • You might be infected but not know – help break the chain of transmission
  • You can protect those you live with.

If your test result is positive, you should self-isolate immediately and notify the University’s Rapid Response team.

How to get free lateral flow tests

Order a rapid lateral flow test kit from the UK Government. These are posted to you for free.

Pick up a test kit from a number of locations around Guildford, or one of the following locations on campus from Monday to Friday:

  • GSA Building: 8am – 4:30pm
  • Rik Medlik: 8am – 1pm
  • Dorothy Hodgkin – 02AY01: 10:30am – 2pm
  • Kate Granger Building: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • VSM Vet School: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Elizabeth Fry – School of Psychology reception, AD04: 9am – 5pm
  • Alan Turing Building – ground floor reception, BB: 9am – 4pm
  • Senate House: 7:45am – 5pm (also available 9am – 5pm on Saturdays).

Please note: the asymptomatic testing facility on in the Students' Union (The Living Room) is now closed. Please pick up a free home test kit from the above locations, or order online.

Covid-19 (coronavirus)

What to do if you think that you might have Covid-19

The University has a Rapid Response team who can support students or staff with Covid-19 symptoms to get a test: please complete the reporting form.

For medical advice and information, phone NHS 111, visit the NHS online coronavirus service or use the NHS Covid-19 App. You can book a NHS test online, via the app or by calling 119.

You'll find specific advice about how self-isolation works in accommodation on our students page, and you can also read about how to access our support services on our dedicated MySurrey self-isolation support guide.

For advice about how self-isolation works for employees, please visit our staff page.

Travel advice

Visit our students and staff pages for specific advice if you are on a study or work placement abroad, an exchange or on a work trip.

Wellbeing and welfare support

It's so important that we all look after our health and wellbeing. We offer a diverse range of services for our students and staff to ensure you feel well and supported throughout your time at the University. Our support is free and confidential, and we offer advice for mental, emotional and psychological issues.

Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) members of our community

Some individuals may have a high risk of developing severe Covid-19 infection due to specific medical circumstances. Please note that UK government advice and guidance is subject to frequent change.

Those students who are classified as being CEV can contact the University's Disability and Neurodiversity team to discuss their options.

Staff categorised as CEV should discuss options with their line manager or HR Business Manager, and can seek additional advice from HR via the HR Operations Centre.