Note: Regular campus testing will continue until further notice, with students on the Hill required to test twice a week beginning May 9. Read more.

Mandatory testing

As of May 9, individuals living in on-campus residential communities on the Hill will be required to test twice a week. All other students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on campus are required to test once a week (no more than seven days apart) and are encouraged to test twice weekly.

Note: Those who will be working or learning on campus one day a week or less are only required to test on the days they are on site.

Individuals 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

UCLA’s self-administered saliva-swab (PCR) tests kits are available from vending machines and distribution centers throughout campus, as well as at residential housing front desks. Anyone with a BruinCard can obtain up to two free tests per week. (A smartphone or tablet that receives SMS texts is also required.)

Within an hour of taking the test, deposit your sample in a collection bin next to the vending machines — make sure to deposit it between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday–Friday (excluding holidays).

Results for samples received before 11 a.m. will be available within 24 to 36 hours; those received after 11 a.m. will have results within 48 hours.

If you can’t obtain a test from a vending machine or require in-person testing for any reason, visit the in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall.

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

If you test positive on campus

If you are a student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 through the UCLA campus testing program, you will be contacted by campus health officials about the next steps, including isolation procedures and further testing.

If you have symptoms or if you test positive off campus

If you are experiencing COVID-19–related symptoms, have tested positive outside UCLA or believe you have been in contact with an infected person, either on or off campus, please follow the instructions below.


  • Contact the Exposure Management Team through the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline at 310-206-6217 or

    Students in on-campus and off-campus UCLA housing: If it is after hours, call the UCLA Housing Isolation and Quarantine Team at 310-825-5451.

    During periods in which there is a high volume of inquiries, the wait time for calls to the Exposure Management Team may be longer than expected.
  • The team will provide students with an individualized assessment, including instructions on isolation, quarantine, contact tracing and further testing.  

Faculty and staff

  • Contact the UCLA COVID Call Center at 310-267-3300 or

    During periods in which there is a high volume of inquiries, the wait time for calls to the Call Center may be longer than expected.
  • The Call Center will provide an individualized assessment, with an individualized assessment, including instructions on isolation, quarantine, contact tracing and further testing.  
  • If the COVID-19 incident was work-related and the individual was admitted to the hospital over night for in-patient treatment beyond observation, the employees’ manager or supervisor should contact the UCLA Environment, Health and Safety Serious Injury Hotline at 310-825-9797.

You tested positive: 90-day exemption from testing

If you test positive and complete your period of isolation, you will be exempt from once-a-week campus testing until 90 days have elapsed since your positive test (if asymptomatic) or the onset of symptoms (if symptomatic).

If you tested positive outside of UCLA, you’ll need to request the 90-day exemption by sending an email to (for students) or (for faculty and staff) with a copy of your lab report or a note from your doctor specifying the date of your positive test.

Full details of UCLA’s testing program are available in our UCLA Community Screening Protocol.

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