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We are hoping for an announcement next week that students in higher education will be able to return to the UvA more often from 26 April onwards, but the government has postponed its decision on the matter. In the meantime, preparations for the eventual return to campus are continuing and we have some news about additional study spaces and how self-testing will work in the future.

COVID-proof study and collaboration spaces

The University Library is working with the faculties to expand the number of study spaces at the various campuses. So when the measures are indeed relaxed a bit, this will allow us to safely offer the highest possible number of students a space. By now, 2,300 spaces have been created. We are also working on collaboration spaces where students will be able to work together in limited numbers. Visit the University Library website for more information about study spaces.

Self-testing available, not mandatory 

A relaxation of the measures for higher education will go hand in hand with the provision of self-tests. We are currently working hard to make these tests available to students and staff free of charge. At least two tests per person per week are scheduled to be available soon.

You will soon be able to request the self-test through a special SURF website. You will then receive a test at home through the regular post. That same SURF website will soon also offer instructions on how to use self-tests, as well as instructional videos and frequently-asked questions. Once the website has been launched, we will share the link through updates on and the newsletters. 

Taking a self-test will always be voluntary. We will not be check at the door whether you have taken one, nor will you have to show proof of a negative test. However, other measures such as the 1.5-metre measure and face masks will continue to apply.

However, we do hope that you consider taking a test before coming to the UvA. This will allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and possible further relaxations of the measures by the government. All the information relating to self-testing at the UvA will also be incorporated into the ‘Health and prevention’ page as soon as possible.