COVID testing

UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus.

Regular testing is not mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.

Faculty, staff and students — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — may be directed to test if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.

How and where to test on campus

COVID-19 testing at UCLA is being conducted via self-administered saliva swab tests. Anyone with an active BruinCard may retrieve up to two of these tests per week at no-charge through vending machines and distribution centers located throughout the campus.

Test samples should be returned within one hour of taking the test and can be deposited Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (excluding holidays). Results for samples received before 11 a.m. will be available within 24 to 36 hours; results for those received after 11 a.m. will be returned within 48 hours. Note: Do not deposit sample between Friday and 2 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m.

For those requiring in-person testing or who are unable to procure a test kit from a vending machine, as well as those who for any reason may need help with testing, UCLA will continue to operate an in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall.

Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who know they have been in close contact with an infected individual should call the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline at 310-206-6217 (for students) or the UCLA COVID Call Center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty and staff).

More information is available on the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing website. Questions can be sent to

Information on obtaining a BruinCard is available here.

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