Test kit drop off and pick up locations

Test kits will be available for the FAS Community to pick up at FAS locations:

  • Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, pick-up location for test kits at the Science Center has shifted from the main security desk in the arcade to the Cabot Library.
  • Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford Street, at the main entrance (facing the museums) - test kit pickup table is located in the corridor behind the test kit drop off table in the L1 south lobby. Pick up and drop off location.
  • Knafel Building, CGIS North, 1737 Cambridge Street. Pick up only location.
  • Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street. Pick up only location.
  • Lamont Library, 11 Quincy Street. Pick up and drop off location. Test kit pick up for FAS is at the main guard entrance in Lamont.


The University has ceased requiring regular COVID surveillance testing of our community. While we remain committed to making PCR testing available over the summer, please note the following upcoming changes:

Harvard University Clinical Lab (HUCL) operation will close on June 30, 2022 to transition back to the Broad Institute testing operation. HUCL samples kits received after June 30 will be destroyed and not processed. If you have remaining HUCL kits after this date please store them locally and we will work with you over the next few weeks to discuss next steps for these test kits.

With your next test kit order, you will receive Broad kits. As we wind down our testing operation through the next month, we ask that you only order what you truly need and do not leave boxes out for affiliates to grab a handful. It’s important that we limit waste of these in-demand testing supplies.

As we transition back to using the Broad in full over the next several weeks, community members should anticipate a turnaround time as previously seen of 24-48 hours.

If individuals are seeking a quicker result time, we encourage them to utilize a self-procured rapid antigen tests widely available at local pharmacies, and anyone on a Harvard health insurance plan can easily order eight free tests per month for themselves and each insured dependent through Express Scripts. Each household may also order 2 sets of 4 tests at COVIDtests.gov.

Effective June 1, 2022 no samples will be collected or processed over the weekend. There will be some long holiday weekends in June and July where there will be no test kit collection or processing for 4-5 days and community members should prepare to submit a Color test prior to the last pick-up or seek external testing methods.

Drop off locations

As of May 30, 2022, there will be a total of 5 locations on Harvard’s Campus that will have bin drops available to the community:

  1. New Research Building (Longwood)
  2. Smith Campus Center (Cambridge)
  3. HUHS (Cambridge)
  4. Science Center (Cambridge)
  5. SEC (Allston)

FAS Community:

  1. Smith Campus Center (Cambridge): 1350 Massachusetts Ave - bin located across from elevator/security desk.
  2. HUHS (Cambridge): 75 Mt Auburn St. - bin located in HUHS vestibule, in the Smith Campus Center, Mt Auburn Street Entrance
  3. Science Center (Cambridge): 1 Oxford Street - bin located at the "Crossroads" near the security desk.

Note: Last weekday pickup: 5:30 pm. Do not drop test kits in University mail.

Harvard College Students and Residential Staff: Pick up test kits at your building manager's office (students affiliated with Houses) or Yard Ops in the basement of Weld Hall (first year students, Dudley Community students, Visiting Undergraduate Students). These sites are for College use only.

Test kits are also dropped off to most departments on Wednesdays by Harvard University Mail Services - ask your Department Administrator where to find these test kits in your department. FAS community members should test according to their cadence.


Please see Keep Harvard Healthy – Testing & Tracing for more details on testing cadences, or check your cadence in Crimson Clear.