Fiona Waddell, a 19-year-old psychology student, asked for the test on Saturday, saying, “It’s too big a mind to be able to go home and be with her family.”
“We are lucky enough to be able to be together over Christmas and I just don’t want to compromise anything,” she told AFP.
The centuries-old university on the north-east coast of Scotland has established the center as part of a rollout of the Kovid-19 trials for Scottish students before the term expires.
The facility, where students are self-tested with one of the Million Lateral Flow Test Kits, provided by the UK Government to Scotland, has a capacity of 1,500 students each day.
It will remain open until December 18, with students planning to return home for festivals, asked to take two tests three days apart.
The UK government in London, which sets health policy for England, and administrations developed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have unveiled plans to allow students to return home for Christmas.
All viruses want to reduce the chances of spreading as they travel.
Students have been asked to return home during a week-long travel window after taking students to England and Wales Coronavirus testing.
A staggering retreat is planned across the seven-day window in Scotland.
Alastair Merrill, vice-principal of governance at St Andrews, said the asymptomatic testing initiative meant that when students returned home they could protect their families and communities when they did so.
Results of lateral flow tests are shown within 30 minutes and processed and sent to students within 24 hours.
A survey by the St. Andrews Students Association found that about 80 percent of students plan to go home for the holidays.
Rebecca Clooney, a 22-year-old chemistry student who poked her throat and back of her nose to do the test, said that taking the test first meant she could self-immolate before going home – if it were required.
“If it’s positive, I still have time to separate myself before going home,” she explained.
Studying Anna-Ruth Cockerham, 20, said it was going to be nice to come home after a term where social contact was limited due to the virus.
“I think many students, myself included, didn’t really get the opportunity to mingle with other people, so it’s a good opportunity to go home and see my family,” he said.