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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.

Information for:

STUDENTS

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 and may participate in COVID testing if symptomatic. Remote students are recommended to do the same on a voluntary basis.

Student screening and testing

EMPLOYEES

All employees (staff, faculty, research, clinical) who report to work on campus are required to conduct a daily symptom screening and may participate in COVID-19 testing if symptomatic. 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 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

Please note that students and campus employees will soon be required to swipe their campus ID card when picking up a self-administered test kit from a vending machine. Click here to see which cards are compatible. While test kits are still free, a virtual debit of $1 will happen automatically on your campus card account, followed by an immediate credit return that will balance out to zero each day; there will be no actual charge. After your card is validated, you may make any selection from numbers 10-69.

For students and campus employees coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, you must schedule an appointment at the Price Center clinic or a drive-thru testing site. To do this, please use your AD credentials to login to MyStudentChart (students) or MyChart (employees).

After your first appointment-based test is completed, you can then use the self-administered vending machines. When visiting the vending machines, please ensure you have the most updated version of the UC San Diego app on your smartphone, which you will use to scan your test kit and receive your results. 

Vending machine hours: Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Please note the Price Center vending machine weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vending machine locations

  • 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)
  • School of Medicine | Biomedical Research Facility II (map)
  • Revelle College | Argo Hall Parcel Center (map)
  • Campus Services Complex | Electric Shop (map)
  • Osler Parking Structure | Level 3 West Entrance (map)
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography | Eckart Building Loading Dock (map)
  • Jacobs School of Engineering | Near Bear Statue
  • Gilman Parking | Corridor of Pepper Canyon Hall
  • Coast Apartments | Laundry Room
  • Torrey Pines Center South | Coming soon
  • North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood | Coming soon

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 (including family members of employees or students who live 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 RTL@ucsd.edu to determine if you are eligible.

Community COVID Testing

UC San Diego Health offers drive-up COVID tests by appointment for the public, including family members of employees and students who do not live on campus. 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.

Privacy

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.