On this page students changing household at the end of the semester can book a COVID test on campus or find out how to get a test with the University of Edinburgh. Please note that this service is for students WITHOUT symptoms. (If you have symptoms, please follow the standard route for getting a test.)

The service is open to QMU students only. 

Please see the foot of this page for information on the lateral flow test method we are offering and information on how we will use your data. 

Please note that if you are an international student returning home, with your airline requiring a PCR test, you will need to obtain such a test privately.


What to bring with you on the day of your test

 On the day of your test please bring with you:

  • Your student card which will be required to check-in.
  • Your mobile phone that will be required on the day for registration. 
  • A face covering

Instructions for booking for the QMU on-campus testing centre

  1. Click on the BOOK NOW button below.
  2. Choose a date on the calendar that is most convenient for yourself and your circumstances. Please note that booking for each time slot closes 24 hours before that time slot.
  3. When prompted for your email, please use your University email address rather than a personal email address.
  4. We encourage you to return for a second test. You can book this at the same time as your first, for three days after your first one.
  5. Times are displayed on the booking calendar. Please note you can scroll up and down on these displayed times to find an appropriate one for your circumstances (even though a scroll bar doesn't appear until your start scrolling).
  6. Select a time, enter your personal details (please check your email address is correct as an invite will be sent to this address) and importantly your student number.
  7. Click 'Book'.  You will receive a confirmation email with your booking date and time. A booking reminder will be sent up until 24 hours before your test date.

If you have a disability that might affect your access to our testing centre, please email us at CovidHelp@qmu.ac.uk for advice.

Book now for the QMU Test Centre

Tests will take place on campus: Queen Margaret University, EH21 6UU

Instructions for getting a test at the University of Edinburgh Testing Centre

You can also take a test at the University of Edinburgh’s Pleasance Sports and Exercise Complex (46 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ) from 10 am to 1.50pm weekdays. No booking is required - simply turn up between those times. 

About the lateral flow test

Lateral flow antigen tests are intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.

  • The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.
  • Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate.
  • Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted as a self-test with supervision from trained personnel.
  • Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.

How your data will be used

To find out how we use your personal data when you register for a coronavirus test, read the UK Government coronavirus privacy notice.  To find out how Queen Margaret University will use the data you give when booking your test, see our privacy statement

Your data will also be treated in line with the Scottish Government’s privacy statement.

If you have any questions relating to the handling of your personal data, please contact the University Data Protection Officer.

QMU's Coronavirus Website