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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 will be available by appointment only and is located in front of the UH Student Center South., Monday through Friday.

The testing kiosk will offer painless PCR saliva swabs with results returned by email within 48 hours of the test arriving 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.

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.

Free COVID-19 testing using an oral swab can also be accessed at Minute Maid Park, which can be scheduled through this website. 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 oral-fluid swab PCR testing. The observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough deeply three times first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a Curative employee to be sent to the lab. 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 strongly encourage our campus community to get tested, especially if they have recently traveled, are attending in-person classes, are living or working on campus, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Written approval is required before any UH community member may return to campus after self-isolation. The timing of your return depends on whether you have exhibited Coronavirus Symptoms or not. See Completion of Self-Quarantine/Isolation for the process and considerations for determining when a return to campus is allowed.

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/Symptoms, which outlines protocols for students, employees, visitors and vendors.

Follow the protocol described in Potential Exposure to Coronavirus.

No, the university does not require a negative test, a doctor's note or negative lab results for return to work/class/campus nor is this type of test-based strategy recommended by the CDC. However, you must first be approved to return to campus before resuming your normal school, work and related activities. To initiate the process to return to campus following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, complete the form Request to Return to Campus.

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.

Free COVID-19 testing using an oral swab can also be accessed at Minute Maid Park, which can be scheduled through this website. Additional free testing resources in Houston may be found on the Houston Emergency Operation Center COVID-19 Testing page.



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