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COVID Surveillance Testing Locations & Hours

On this page, you will find information on where to pick-up and drop-off Color Health COVID testing kits. For information about COVID testing requirements, please visit this page. 

Update on Color turnaround time: Please do not submit more than two Color samples per week to help decrease turnaround time.  Due to the nationwide surge of COVID-19 and related staffing shortages, current test turnaround time is 72 hours from arrival at the Color lab (3-5 days total).

For test kit drop off and pick up:

  • A Stanford University ID is required each time you wish to pick up a testing kit.
  • If you are returning a testing kit, it needs to be returned on the same day as you perform the nasal swab to a testing site operating hours or at a 24/7 dropbox.
  • All samples should be activated, collected and returned on the same day.

Stanford COVID-19 testing locations and hours (updated January 3, 2022)

Downloadable Flyers – test kit drop off and pick up locations:

  • Stanford Medicine locations (e.g., Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Hospital, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, University HealthCare Alliance and School of Medicine): Stanford University faculty, staff and postdocs may also utilize Stanford Medicine Color testing sites across the Bay Area. Please bring your Stanford ID to pick up test kits. (View and download Stanford Medicine flyer for locations and hours of operation)

Locations of test kit drop off and pick up:

  • Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
    • 484 Oak Road, Stanford
    • Located in tents outside the building
    • Kit pick up hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • 24/7 kit drop box available outside front entrance 
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Li Ka Shing Building near School of Medicine
    • 291 Campus Drive, Stanford
    • Located inside 1st floor lobby; enter at Lane/Alway entrance
    • Kit pick up hours: Monday –  Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • 24/7 kit drop off box available outside entrance facing Campus Drive 
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC)
    • 285 Santa Teresa St, Stanford
    • Kit pickup at front desk, kit dropoff at bin outside front entrance
    • Kit pickup hours during open hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      • Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • 24/7 kit drop off box available outside front entrance
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR)
    • 341 Galvez St, Stanford
    • Kit pickup at front desk, kit dropoff at bin outside front entrance
    • Kit pickup and drop off hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      • Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Arrillaga Family Dining Commons (AFDC)
    • 489 Arguello Way, Stanford
    • Kit pickup at front entrance
      • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Nearby 24/7 kit drop off box at Escondido Road turnaround
  • Escondido Village Graduate Residences (EVGR) Building B
    • 735 Campus Drive, Stanford
    • Room B141
    • Kit pickup and drop off hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • 24/7 kit drop off box available outside EVGR B Housing Service Center entrance, facing parking lot on corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends
  • Stanford Redwood City
    • 900 Warrington, Stanford Recreation and Wellness Front
    • C parking, visitor parking, and limited number of loading zone spaces available
    • Kit pick up hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • 24/7 kit drop box available at Cardinal Hall/Warrington
    • Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop box will be taken to the Color lab at lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Unmonitored test kit drop off boxes (available 24/7):

Note: Samples dropped off at the 24/7 kit drop boxes will be taken by courier to the Color lab at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and at 5 p.m. on weekends. AOERC, EH&S, and EVGR drop boxes are serviced at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Main campus:

  • AOERC, 285 Santa Teresa Street
    • Located outside front entrance
  • Environmental Health & Safety, 484 Oak Road
    • Located outside front entrance
  • Li Ka Shing Building, 291 Campus Drive
    • Located outside entrance facing Campus Drive
  • Escondido Road turnaround
    • Curbside box between Stern Hall and Crothers Hall)
  • EVGR, Building B 
    • Outside Housing Service Center entrance, facing parking lot on corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street
  • Maples Pavilion  turnaround
    • Curbside box near 655 Campus Drive
  • 900 Welch Road, Palo Alto
    • Curbside dropbox in parking lot
  • Stanford Oval
    • Curbside dropbox next to Marguerite/bus stop, adjacent to FedEx and USPS dropboxes
  • LBRE – 340 Bonair Siding
    • Located outside main entrance

Stanford Research Park: 

  • 3165 Porter Drive, Palo Alto
    • Located outside entrance of building next to UPS box
  • 1070 Arastradero Ave, Palo Alto
    • Located outside entrance of building

Stanford Redwood City:

  • Cardinal Hall/Warrington, Redwood City
    • Located outside front entrance

Group Requests for Large Quantity Test Kit Pickup

Attention: Due to a large volume of requests, we are experiencing delays in filling large batch kit requests.

Schools/units may request large quantity test pickup for workgroup, lab, or department distribution, if members of the group are unable to pick up kits at Color Test Pick Up Sites due to special circumstances. To request a large quantity of test kits to pick up from EH&S, please submit this form.

Please note: If you have the ability to serve as a test kit distribution site for your area, please contact covidtestinghelp@stanford.edu.