Covid 19 Testing Requirements

COVID-19 Testing

Testing Procedures


  • Make an appointment or go to a walk-in site
  • Watch the video on what to expect
  • Bring your ID to the testing site


  • Make an appointment or go to a walk-in site
  • Register (one-time only)
  • Bring your ID to the testing site
When to Get Tested



Testing Requirements

UC Riverside requires regular COVID-19 testing for select groups of employees and students on campus – including everyone who is not up to date on vaccinations, symptomatic, or with a confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19. Routine testing is also expected.

Required testing protocols are as follows:

Testing Locations 
  • Pentland Hills Bear Cave (appointment or walk-in)
    Pentland Hills Bear Cave

    Students and Employees

    • Mon/Tues: 6:30am-2:45pm
    • Wed/Thurs: 6:30am-5:45pm
    • Fri: 6:30am-2:00PM

    Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome. Short-term parking is available near the site in Lot 15.

  • Student Success Center (appointment or walk-in)
    Student Success Center

    Students and Employees

    • Mon-Fri: 10am-2pm

    Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome. Testing at the Student Success Center may close during inclement weather. 

  • Mobile Sites (walk-in)
    Mobile Sites

    Facilities Services Annex B
    Every 2nd and 4th week of each month:

    • Tuesday: 5am-6am
    • Wednesday: 7am-8am; 4:30pm-5:15pm
    • Thursday: 4:30pm-5:15pm

    Early Childhood Services North Center Conference Room 

    • Monday: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

    Mobile sites: Glasgow

    • Tues: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Community Site
    Community Site

    LocationParking Lot 26, 3443 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, CA 92507 
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7 days a week 
    Appointments: Appointments can be scheduled online up to five days in advance. Appointment availability is limited at this time. 
    Note: This testing site is not managed by UC Riverside. Please note that surveillance testing is not available at this site; therefore if your insurance company does not cover the test you may receive a bill for testing. Please contact Curative directly with questions about testing at this location. Visit the Curative website for more information.

Testing Kits

Antigen tests kits are available are for your protection and convenience. They are not intended to replace required weekly testing for individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations. They cannot be used for determining early return to work. They should also not be used to replace monthly testing for asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals.

Request a Kit



Testing Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who may get tested at the campus testing sites?

    The testing sites are open to UCR students, employees, family members, and the public, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • When can I expect my results?

    When can I expect my results?
    If you test on campus, you may expect to receive your results 24-48 hours after the test. Results may vary based on lab processing time.


  • How do I report a positive test?

    How do I report my results?
    If you test positive please report your results immediately through the COVID Screening Check.

  • Can I take time off to test?

    Can I take time off to test?
    Employees should work with their supervisor(s) for scheduling, and may use up to two hours of their regularly scheduled work hours to take a COVID-19 test, if necessary.

  • What does it mean to ‘sequester’ between COVID-19 tests? 

    What does it mean to ‘sequester’ between COVID-19 tests? 
    Sequestering means to limit in-person interactions for a limited time. During a sequester period students should mostly stay in their own room, not attend events or gatherings, and only leave for essential activities such as: 
    •    Using the bathroom/shower
    •    Going to the dining hall, picking up meals, or accepting deliveries
    •    Solo outdoor exercise (walking, jogging, biking, etc.)
    •    Getting vaccinated or tested
    •    Doing laundry and picking up mail
    •    Working

  • Do I need to be tested if I previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days?

    Anyone who receives a positive PCR test result, and recovers, should pause this testing protocol for 90 days unless they develop new symptoms.

  • When do I need to confirm a positive test result with a second test?

    A positive antigen test must be confirmed with a PCR test. A positive PCR test does not require a second test to confirm. If you are coming to a campus testing site to confirm a positive antigen test, please wear your mask, keep six feet of distance, and go to the front of the line to notify the testing staff.