Covid-19 information

Whether you are preparing to arrive or living in Sheffield it is important that you keep up to date with the UK Government guidelines regarding Covid-19.


Updated 17 January 2022

It is important that if you are living in Sheffield or preparing to arrive that you keep up to date with the UK Government guidelines regarding Covid-19.

At all times, please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on coronavirus.

Your safety remains our priority, so we’re continuing to take precautions in the new academic year.

  • You must wear a face covering in all indoor settings (unless exempt).
  • Take two rapid lateral flow Covid-19 tests per week 
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home

If you experience any Covid-19 symptoms: Self-isolate, book a test, and inform the University.

Self-isolation in University-owned accommodation

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately for 10 days. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.

It is now possible to end self-isolation after five days if you get two negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature.

More on ending your self-isolation after five full days following two negative rapid lateral flow tests.

Latest coronavirus updates on the government website.

Guidance for adults with symptoms and a positive Covid-19 test result

You must follow the national guidance for adults who have been identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

For students: inform the University if you are self-isolating.

You must also let Residence Life know about a test result, please fill out this form.

Getting a PCR test if you have no symptoms

You can also use this service if:

  • you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive and you must self-isolate
  • you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace
  • a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project
  • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
  • you’ve received an unclear result and were told to get a second test
  • you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
  • you’re in the National Tactical Response Group

Get a free PCR test online on GOV.UK. Call 119 if you don't have internet access.

Getting tested for travel

You can't use this service to book tests for travel. Find out what you need to do to:

Updates to Covid-19 testing rules

If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

When you do not need to self-isolate

If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years and 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

This also applies to international students who are considered fully vaccinated under the UK’s travel policy.

Anyone who is unvaccinated or not recognised as fully vaccinated under the UK’s travel policy is not eligible for this new daily testing policy, and must therefore self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19. 

When and how long to self-isolate (NHS website)


You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We’re encouraging all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

How to book a covid-19 vaccine

NHS England has published a document containing FAQs about student covid-19 vaccinations in England, including questions about international student vaccinations.

Information for those travelling to England

From 4am on 9 January 2022 travel restrictions for arrivals into the UK changed

If you are arriving in Sheffield from 9 January onwards then you will move into your permanent room. If you need to quarantine upon arrival in Sheffield you will be able to do this in the room that you have booked, taking into consideration other students that will be in the accommodation that do not need to quarantine. You can find out more about quarantining safely here.

Due to only a limited number of students needing to quarantine in University-owned accommodation, we ask that students inform us of their need to quarantine proving us with no less than 72 hours notice prior to arrival.

You can choose to self-isolate with friends, family or relatives prior to your arrival in Sheffield. If you make your own arrangements, we ask that you please notify the Accommodation Office via email

If you have any questions, regarding arrival to University-owned and managed accommodation then please contact the Accommodation Office via email

Further information can be found here

For information regarding travel, please click here.

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