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Testing on campus

Regular surveillance testing is not required of students, faculty and staff. However, if you have symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you may continue to test on campus. In addition, you may be directed to test as part of UCLA’s isolation and quarantine protocols, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.

Campus PCR testing is only available to currently enrolled students, current employees and non–UCLA affiliates who have been approved to test. Individuals must have BruinCard, a valid university ID or an ID number provided by their program or department. (A smartphone or tablet that receives SMS texts is also necessary.) Those who are not eligible can use other available testing resources

Where to test on campus

On-campus PCR testing is available through the California Department of Public Health, in partnership with the SwabSeq Laboratory. Self-administered PCR test kits are available through campus vending machines at the following locations:

  • Ackerman Union (south entrance, UCLA Bookstore)
  • Haines Hall (west entrance)
  • Pauley Pavilion (north side, adjacent to Bruin Walk)
  • Neuroscience Building (west entrance)

Rapid tests are also available for purchase at the following campus locations:

  • Ackerman Union (A-level vending machine)
  • Haines Hall (west entrance vending machine)
  • Pauley Pavilion (north side, adjacent to Bruin Walk)
  • Neuroscience Building (west entrance vending machine)
  • Ackerman Union student store
  • Bruin Health pharmacy

For more information on testing, visit the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing site.

Testing off campus

COVID-19 PCR testing is available throughout Los Angeles County and California if you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to an infected person. Tests include:

  • PCR tests (currently the most accurate)
    Returns results in 1–2 days.
  • Rapid antigen tests
    Can be given at a testing site or self-administered at home; returns results in 30 minutes or less. Every U.S. household can place an order to receive four free rapid tests delivered to their home. Request them at this COVID-19 tests website.

A negative rapid antigen test may be required to test out of isolation (per UCLA isolation and quarantine protocols).

If you test positive

If you test positive through on-campus diagnostic testing or off campus, please contact: 

For students
Exposure Management Team

For faculty and staff
UCLA Occupational Health

Campus health officials will then advise you and any close contacts on how to proceed, per UCLA’s isolation and quarantine protocols or LACDPH’s isolation and quarantine instructions.

You tested positive: 90-day exemption from PCR testing

If you test positive and complete your period of isolation, you should avoid PCR testing until 90 days have elapsed since your positive test (if you were asymptomatic) or the onset of symptoms (if you were symptomatic).

You may, however, test during this period using a rapid antigen test.

Further details

Note: Those who work in UCLA Health clinical areas must follow the COVID-19 protocols for healthcare settings. However, those who work in both clinical and non-clinical settings must also comply with these campus protocols when outside of the healthcare environment.

For more information on testing at UCLA, see the following resources:

Recommended COVID-19 resources

For journalists

UCLA faculty members are available for interviews with news media on a wide range of topics related to COVID-19, including public health and epidemiology, virology and vaccines, mental health, education, law, politics and the economy.

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