Covid-19 updates

Advice from Accommodation Services for students in University owned and managed accommodation.

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Last updated 4 May 2021

We are working hard to make sure our students feel safe and informed. This applies to new students, returners and also our staff. We assure you, our student community will be supportive, and a place to call home whilst you are living with us while taking into account social distancing and government guidelines on Covid-19.


Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country and will be reviewed again on 17 May 2021. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people in your household or who are in your support bubble no guests are permitted inside.
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Non-essential shops are now open, and face coverings are still required in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.

Please visit the Government website for more detailed information on COVID regulations: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Litter and Outdoor spaces

With the weather improving and Covid-19 restrictions lifting many of you will be taking advantage of Sheffield’s fantastic green spaces. Unfortunately, people using these spaces have not been considerate towards their fellow city residents and have left large amounts of litter behind. This has required the help of dozens of volunteers to clear up.

If you are using your local park to socialise and any other green space available on Ranmoor and Endcliffe, please respect our local environment and community by following Covid-19 guidelines, being responsible for your rubbish and clearing up after yourself.  

If you would like to help keep Sheffield tidy by organising a litter pick, the University has equipment available to borrow. Please contact j.merryclough@sheffield.ac.uk to arrange. You can also find out about local litter picking groups by joining the Sheffield Litter Pickers group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SheffieldLitterPickers/

2021-22 Academic Year

For those students joining The University of Sheffield for the academic year 2021-22, please contact your department or recruitment and admissions for information regarding your course. Accommodation Services are working on plans for next year, with full details being made available in Summer 2021.

Accessing Campus

Every student is expected to book two tests at our Covid-19 Testing Centre upon returning to Sheffield. Then, if you’re regularly on campus, you should book two tests per week thereafter: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/coronavirus/safety/our-covid-19-testing-centre

At this time you should only access the campus if you need to. For example:

  • if your course includes an element of face-to-face teaching 
  • if you need a study space
  • if you need a reliable internet connection to continue your studies

Study spaces on campus are available: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/learning-spaces

Exercise

You can exercise outdoors in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles, if eligible).

You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.

Outdoor sport and leisure facilities may open. Indoor gyms and other sports facilities, including changing rooms, will remain closed.

Residences Fitness Suite

You can now book a timeslot to use the Residences Fitness Suite in The Ridge, please use the Eventbrite link to book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ridge-fitness-suite-202021-tickets-131320596439

Sport Sheffield

Sport Sheffield are pleased to let you know that their gym, swimming pool and synthetic pitches are now open and available to all members. 
You can find out more information, and book an activity on their website https://www.sport-sheffield.com/reopen or follow their Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/SportSheffield

Travel

Please visit the Government website for all up-to-date travel information, including what’s required when travelling to or from the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

Self-isolation and Student Support

Visit our dedicated self-isolation page to find out what support we have available for anyone who is self-isolating: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation/prospective/moving-our-accommodation/self-isolation-everything-i-need-know

If you are facing significant additional costs due to the pandemic, please visit the Student COVID-19 Support Fund page for more information and how to apply: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/student-covid-19-support-fund

University Accommodation Refund

The University has extended the accommodation refunds to students in University Owend or Managed Accommodation until 17 May 2021. If you want to find out more information please contact the Accommodation Office via email: accommodationoffice@sheffield.ac.uk

Additional Information

If you are self-isolating, either in private or University accommodation, you can also find support on our website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/coronavirus/safety#support-self-isolating

For information relating to Covid-19, including what to do if you have symptoms or receive a positive test result, check our website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/coronavirus

All our student support services are available online to help with any specific questions you may have. Contact the Student Services Information Desk (SSID) online first if you need help: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid 

We are also providing mental health support. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mental-wellbeing

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to follow the latest rules to keep our University and city safe. 

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