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On-Campus Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

The University of Houston is partnering with the well-known testing company Curative to provide a free, walk-up kiosk on campus where  faculty, students and staff can be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms. The testing service is available 7 days a week by appointment only and is located in front of the UH Student Center South.

The testing kiosk will offer a painless PCR test with results returned by email within 2 or more days after receipt at the lab. The Curative kiosk will be open to faculty, staff and students with their UH Cougar Card identification. If you receive a positive test result, you must complete the University’s Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis form as soon as possible.

COVID-19 On-Campus Testing Incentive Program

To receive your $2 testing incentive, please scan the QR Code located on the incentive program signage at the Curative kiosk, located conveniently at the Student Center South. UH students, faculty, staff can request the $2 incentive in Cougar Cash or ShastaBUCKS. Cougar Cash can be used at on-campus food service locations and ShastaBUCKS can be used at on-campus retailers and select off-campus partner locations.

Curative Testing Appointments:

Appointments can be made on the updated appointment site.

More information about Curative testing can be found on the Curative website.

As a reminder, if you receive a positive test result, you must complete the Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis form as soon as possible per UH protocol.

Student Health Center Testing

The Student Health Center provides COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff who become symptomatic or have been identified as exposed on the UH campus, AND are participating in on-campus face-to-face courses, living or working on campus.

  • Testing is available at the Student Health Center, located in the Health 2 Building by appointment only.
  • Priority is given to students, faculty and staff who are on campus 
  • Individuals who meet the criteria should call 713-743-4510 to setup their appointment for testing
  • Individuals tested will be contacted with results (usually within 24-48 hours after being tested)
  • University contact tracing teams will immediately notify anyone known to have been potentially exposed by someone (student, faculty or staff) who was on campus during the infectious period.
  • The individual’s health insurance will be billed and will need to be presented at the time of the appointment.
  • The cost of the test for individuals who do not have health insurance is $70

Testing for the General Public

Patients who do not have a primary care physician can be evaluated and tested at the Lone Star Circle of Care @ UH clinic in the Health 2 building on campus; appointments can be scheduled at 877-800-5722.

Additional free testing resources in Houston may be found on the Houston Emergency Operation Center COVID-19 Testing page.


Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Curative Kiosk:
The Curative testing kiosk in front of the UH Student Center offers PCR testing. Results are expected within 24-48 hours of the test being received at the lab.

UH Student Health Center:
The UH Student Health Center offers the SARS CoV-2 RT-PCR test. A sample is gathered by nasal swab.

UH does not require mandatory testing, but we are asking that unvaccinated faculty, staff and students to get tested at least once a week. If you are vaccinated but have concerns or show possible symptoms, we encourage you to get tested as well. To make it easy and convenient, we are offering free testing on campus. Curative Testing appointments can be made on the UH appointment website

As a reminder, if you receive a positive test result, you must complete the Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis form as soon as possible per UH protocol.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, do not come to campus (even if you are symptom-free). Follow the guidance – COVID-19 Diagnosis, which outlines protocols for students, employees, visitors and vendors.

Follow the protocol described in Potential Exposure to Coronavirus.

No. Patients who do not have a primary care physician can be evaluated and tested at the Lone Star Circle of Care @ UH clinic in the Health 2 building on campus; appointments can be scheduled at 877-800-5722. Vaccine finder resources are also available on the UH Vaccine Information page. 



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