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COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 testing is now widely available in the United States, Canada and the UK, via at-home tests and programs offered at retail pharmacies and health centers. On our Boston campus, University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) will make home-use rapid antigen tests available for faculty, students and staff upon request and free of charge after PCR testing ceases.   

Facts & FAQs

Who can get a rapid test from NU?

Current faculty, staff, and students may pick up a take home kit.

Where will the rapid test be available for pick up?

Faculty, staff, and students will be able to pick up a kit from UHCS 9:00AM -5:00PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00AM – 8:00PM Tuesday and Thursday. UHCS is located at 70 Forsyth Street, Suite 135.

Is there a limit to the number of tests available to each participant?

One per week.

Are the results reported anywhere?

No. When you pick up your test, you will receive an email with information about what to do if you test positive. COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for the General Public
Isolation and quarantine are important steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Will the participant notify Contact Tracing of a positive result?


What information will be required for pick up?

Name, affiliation (faculty, staff, student), and Northeastern email address. We recommend that you bring your Northeastern University ID with you at pick-up.


For questions related to COVID-19 exposure or infection, please consult with your healthcare provider and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine. You may also refer to the following FAQs:

Faculty and Staff

For general questions related to COVID-19 policies, please contact the University’s COVID-19 Hotline at 617.373.7333 or

If you believe you are experiencing an emergency, immediately contact NUPD at 617.373.3333 if you are on-campus and 911 if you are off-campus.


For other questions related to COVID-19, please contact the University’s COVID-19 Hotline by calling 617.373.7333 or emailing Please note this hotline operates during  business hours and is not monitored during nights or weekends.  

For emergencies, call NUPD when on-campus at 617.373.3333 or 911 when off-campus. 

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of vaccination is required for all U.S. or Canadian students, faculty and staff. More information can be found here.