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Testing and Screening

UC San Diego has scaled up symptomatic and asymptomatic testing efforts through the Return to Learn program. The goal is to improve the health and safety of our campus community by quickly identifying and containing any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

While these efforts are critical to improving the health and safety of our community, the situation with COVID-19 continues to change. We will continue to adapt our response to integrate the most up-to-date science, which will require significant flexibility from all of us.

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All students who are living on UC property or are coming to campus or any UC location/property are required to conduct a daily self-screening as well as a free asymptomatic test twice a month. Off-campus students are recommended to do the same on a voluntary basis.

Student screening and testing


All employees (staff, faculty, research, clinical) who report to work on campus are required to conduct a daily symptom screening and participate in a COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. Remote employees are recommended to do the same on a voluntary basis.

Employee screening and testing

COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machines

Students and campus employees may now pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test kit at one of numerous vending machines across campus. Samples should be returned within 72 hoursfrom the time the kit is picked upat a drop box next to a vending machine. Please see further instructions on the Student Screening and Testing page and Employee Testing and Screening page.

Vending machine locations: available Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.*

*Please note the Price Center vending machine weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Price Center Clinic and Price Center vending machine will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of MLK Day. All other campus vending machines will be available for use.

  • Muir College | Roots Restaurant (map)
  • Seventh College | Next to the Parcel Center (map)
  • Nuevo East (Porton) | Outdoor Gym Area (map)
  • Price Center | First Floor Across from Burger King (map)*
  • Thurgood Marshall College Res Halls | TMC Residence Life Lobby (map)
  • Warren College | Across from the Residence Life Office (map)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt College | Next to the Laundry Room at Student Activity Center (map)
  • Village at Pepper Canyon | Lodge (map)
  • South Mesa | 9126 Laundry Room (map)
  • One Miramar | Next to the Parcel Center (map)
  • Torrey Pines Center South | Coming soon
  • Osler Parking Garage | Coming soon
  • North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood | Coming soon
  • Coast Apartments | Coming soon
  • Biomedical Research Facility II | Coming soon
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography | Coming soon
  • Jacobs School of Engineering  | Coming soon
  • Career Services Center | Coming soon
  • Revelle College | Coming soon

It is important to have the UC San Diego app on your smartphone, which you will use to scan your test kit and receive your results. Please also ensure your MyStudentChart (students) and MyChart (employee) contact information is up to date.

Campus Community Member COVID Testing

Self-administered testing kits are for current UC San Diego campus staff, faculty, and students only. For those who do not qualify for self-administered testing and are living or working on campus, you may be eligible for free testing through a provider-administered testing site, such as at the Price Center clinic or a drive thru location. Contact to determine if you are eligible.

Community COVID Testing

UC San Diego Health offers drive-up COVID tests by appointment for the public. Test fees are $65, and results are delivered typically within 48 hours. This test is ideal for asymptomatic individuals of all ages. Those who are having symptoms or believe they may have been exposed should contact their primary care provider. Learn more and schedule a test.

Testing Dashboard

For more information about COVID-19 testing and prevalence in the UC San Diego community, please see the COVID-19 Daily Dashboard, which is updated weekdays with numbers based on tests conducted by UC San Diego Health and UC San Diego Student Health Services.

View the dashboard »

Campus Safety

Regardless of your test result, the entire campus community is expected to follow campus safety requirements, especially wearing a face covering—an important way to prevent infection.

See campus safety requirements

drive-thru testing at UC San Diego

Exposure and Contact Tracing

If you test positive for COVID-19 through UC San Diego Health, a case investigation is promptly begun by UC San Diego’s contact tracing teams to determine if there are other campus members who may have been exposed. Exposed individuals who are UC San Diego faculty, staff or students will be contacted by the contact tracing team and provided guidance on testing and quarantine instructions. Learn more about exposure and contact tracing.


UC San Diego Health is committed to protecting medical and personal information about you. To ensure a high level of privacy and security protections, UC San Diego stores information related to COVID-19 testing in UC San Diego Health’s electronic health record system known as Epic. Learn more about privacy practices.