Visiting Study Centres

BPP is proud to be part of a DfE-organised working group that promotes a Covid Test Secure approach to a phased return. This collaboration-led methodology looks beyond testing as a mere requirement, and champions how its implementation within a university’s culture can support a smooth and safe return.

For our control measures to make the biggest impact, we need to work together – taking accountability for our own potential to transmit the virus, in a way that best protects those we share our facilities with.

All students and members of staff planning to attend centre are encouraged to test twice-weekly, and will be required to show, on entry, that they have received a negative result from a Covid test taken within the previous 4 days.  

As it stands, given the vaccine programme is ongoing, and how the virus is spread - the government guidance relating to testing in universities is the same – regardless of whether individuals have had the jab(s) or not.

The NHS has published specific vaccination guidance for university students.


You can book a study space at any open BPP Study Centres by visiting the dedicated desk booking portal. You do not have to be registered at the centre you wish to book at.

Currently the centre opening hours are:

London Holborn: Monday-Friday 8.30am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

London Waterloo: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.

London Shepherd's Bush: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

Birmingham: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.

Manchester: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

Leeds: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.



Student Testing

While we are eager to welcome you back to study with us, to use the centre you will need to show that you are engaging in regular (ideally twice-weekly) Covid-testing. When you visit, you must bring evidence that your last COVID-19 test was taken no earlier than 4 days ago, and it must have come back negative. This is required even if you have received a vaccine. 

If you have symptoms of Covid-19

If you do have symptoms you should go to or call 119 and get a test through the NHS. Do not come to site if you develop new Covid symptoms after taking your last test.

If you do not have symptoms of Covid-19

You can now order coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests to your home address.

Please note, if you conduct a lateral flow test at home, you must report your result to the NHS.

You will then receive a text message and email, which you can show upon entry to our centre.

If you are unable to order a test from the Government or book a test through your local authority. Alternatively, you can get a test through asymptomatic community testing programmes. Find out if the area where you live offers rapid lateral flow test sites at

Testing FAQs:

  • What happens if my result is positive?
  • What support can BPP offer me through self-isolation?
  • I take lateral flow tests at home. Can I use these? 
    • If you conduct a lateral flow test at home, you must report your result to the NHS at This will give you the confirmation you’ll need to show on entrance (in the form of a text message and email).
  • I have recently recovered from COVID, and am getting false positives from Lateral Flow Tests. Can I still come to centre?
  • I have been vaccinated, do I still need a test?
    • Yes. Until we know more about how vaccines work, we are asking that you take a Covid-19 test before coming to centre.

Visiting Centres

BPP study centres are operating with social distancing measures in place and those on site will be required to wear a face covering (government exemptions apply). On arrival you will be asked to 'check-in' via a QR code, and this information will be stored for 21 days in accordance with Track and Trace requirements. If you have any questions one of the facilities staff on-site will be happy to assist you.

Students are able to book individual study spaces in the libraries or rooms for socially-distanced group work. However, please do not move the furniture if doing this.


Waterloo Library Collaborative Space
London Waterloo Collaborative Space London Holborn Library Sofas London Shepherd's Bush Library


If you have any feedback on the centres, please contact who is the Student President working on the transition.