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Guidance for students who test positive

 Updated: 1 July 2022

In line with Government guidance and free national testing (unless eligible) we have closed our KCL TEST facility and no longer advise students and staff to test for COVID-19 if they are coming to campus.

If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you will need to pay for a COVID-19 test yourself. You can buy rapid lateral flow tests from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

If you do have symptoms of COVID or you have tested positive, you no longer need to complete a self-isolation reporting form. You should stay at home, avoid contact with others, follow the usual sickness reporting process for your faculty or department.

Please follow the guidance on the UK.GOV website

The health, mental health and wellbeing of our students is our priority.
If you have tested positive we will stay in touch with you to check in on your welfare and offer practical and emotional support, including how to access our mental health and wellbeing services. You can find out how to access Student Support & Wellbeing in this article.

We have a range of free wellbeing services and support and online resources available to all undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.

  • Togetherall– if you need to chat with somebody, try Togetherall, an online community that provides anonymous support for people experiencing mental health issues as well as access to trained counsellors and online support courses. Register using your King’s email address
  • Pro-Counselling at My Wellbeing Space– we have partnered with Pro-Counselling to provide an out-of-hours Counselling Service. You can use this free and confidential service when you would like to talk about an issue or problem out-of-hours and feel that you cannot wait to see a counsellor
  • Our Chaplaincy – our chaplaincy team, for all faiths and none, can be contacted by emailing

The Residence Welfare teams at each King’s Residence are available Monday to Friday 20.00 to 08.00 and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Please call them if you need any support. Residences will no longer be automatically providing additional food to those students isolating, but if you are struggling in any way with purchasing food items, please speak to the Residence Welfare Lead.