Coronavirus updates

Advice from Accommodation Services for students living in University accommodation.


Last updated 27 March 2020

The Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. If they are living in student halls, or private rented accommodation, they should remain there and stay indoors while current restrictions are in force

We are aware that you may have concerns about the current outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how this may affect you. Our top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and those who make up our wider community across the globe.

Accommodation Services at the University of Sheffield are closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the UK Government, Public Health England (PHE) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by the official advice, to keep our community safe.

Please refer to the University's central guidance and advice in relation to coronavirus, including specific advice relating to accommodation, which is regularly updated and approved by the University’s COVID-19 Management Group:

Coronavirus Covid-19: latest informationUniversity accommodation across the residences will remain open; however, we will be continually reviewing the situation in line with official recommendations and will update you on here if anything changes.

Many of you have questions about living in your accommodation. All students living in University accommodation should follow the advice below.

Student support 

Residence Life are offering daily support / well-being checks (usually by telephone) to any resident student who requests this service, not just those self isolating. To opt into this service please contact giving your name, University address and a UK contact telephone number. If you subsequently change your mind and wish to opt out of these daily checks please email  

If you are a student in University accommodation and self-isolating because you are symptomatic, please notify and make sure your student record is up-to-date. Please also let the University's support services know that you are self-isolating by completing this Google form. The form will signpost you to the sources of welfare support available during this time. If you are simply following government guidance and staying at home in order to halt the spread of the virus, you do not need to complete the google form.

Residence Life events and activities

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, events and activities offered as part of Residence Life have been cancelled or postponed. The Residence Life e-newsletter will offer some great daily suggestions on how to look after yourself whilst self isolating or studying from home and the Residence Life portal will provide further updates. We have tried to include things on there that you can involved with at home to not only entertain you but also to look after your well-being and mental health in this challenging and unique situation. 

General enquiries

Where possible, please contact Customer Services via phone or email and only visit the reception areas if essential.

Allen Court

  • Customer Services is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Call 0114 275 5036 or email

Deliveries to Allen Court

Deliveries must be made directly to the students in residence at Allen Court and they must be delivered to the main contact person face to face (in reception).

If this is not possible then any parcels that are not collected on the day, will be taken away by the delivery driver to attempt delivery again the following day or will be returned to the sender.

When placing online delivery orders please provide your full flat and room number on all orders, and ensure you provide a contact telephone number when making any orders, so the delivery driver can call you upon arrival and meet you in reception.

Whilst we are currently within the lockdown period residents need to refrain from ordering items that are not essential (food and medical supplies are classed as essential, clothing and accessories are not), as reception will not be taking parcel deliveries and none will be left in reception/lobby area.  

Any parcels that are currently in reception, will have a note placed into the recipients post box for collection to be arranged.

St Vincent’s Place

Ranmoor/Endcliffe, Mappin Court, St George’s, Broad Lane Court and Studio 300

Facilities and services

Housekeeping and cleaning

Cleaning services are now all suspended except for communal stairwells and social spaces, including launderettes.

Maintenance work

Essential maintenance work will continue to be carried out. Jobs that are not classified as essential may be delayed slightly and we thank you in advance for your patience in these ever changing times. Please continue to log your maintenance requests as usual - either via the online portal or by phoning Customer Services.

Shops and social spaces

All Genius cafes and bars across campus have now been closed with the exception of The Village Store.

The Village Store is currently remaining open between 10am and 6pm all week.

There will now be an online order for delivery or collection service, here's how it works:

1. Call 0114 222 0276

2. We will take your order and give you a price

3. Go to this link - and enter the value of your shopping

4. Customer Services will then deliver your shopping or you can collect from the store

The Residences Fitness Suite is now closed. 

Please do bear in mind that we have families and students who are in the "at risk" category living in our community.

Therefore, while our social spaces and facilities such as The Edge and The Ridge, Allen Court and St Vincent's will remain open for now - we do ask that you follow the government guidance around social distancing to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Students needing accommodation

If you currently do not live in University accommodation but need somewhere to live, please contact the Accommodation Office directly who will be able to help you find something suitable - pending availability.

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