Covid-19 information

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


Updated 10 September 2021

It is important as you prepare to arrive in Sheffield for the start of your academic studies that you keep up to date with the UK Government guidelines regarding COVID.

For full information, please click on the link:

If you are moving to Sheffield from outside the UK then you must also read the information regarding travel to the UK and take into account if you are travelling from a Red or Amber list country, as you will need quarantine or self-isolate on arrival. For arrivals from green list countries then please follow the advice for UK students.

Further information can be found here:

For information regarding travel, please click on the link Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK (

2021-22 New Students

Arrival weekend for the start of your Residence Contract is 18 and 19 September 2021, and when you complete your e-induction as part of accepting the offer of accommodation you will be advised on which day to arrive. You will be able to choose a time slot on that day to assist with making the move-in day as smooth as possible.

2021-22 International Students

If you are arriving from any country other than the UK then you will need to ensure you follow Government Guidelines on travel restrictions, which may be in place when you arrive. Full details can be found on the University website:

If you are arriving from an amber list country and have booked your accommodation to stay in University of Sheffield accommodation you can take up the offer of up to 14 night’s free accommodation prior to moving in.  When you complete your e-induction you must advise of your travel plans including your date of arrival and the country you are travelling from. You will then be contacted directly regarding your accommodation and arrival details. 

Accommodation is available from 4 September 2021 to enable you to carry out the 10-day self-isolation prior to moving into your permanent room on the weekend of 18 and 19 September 2021. You will need to self-isolate in temporary accommodation and once the period of self-isolation ends you will be able to move to your permanent room. The accommodation made available will be en-suite and self-catered with bedding and kitchen utensils and cooking equipment made available for your use. There will also be food parcels provided with essential food items to support you during the period of isolation. 

You can choose to self-isolate with friends, family or relatives and then arrive over the weekend of the 18 and 19 September 2021. If you make your own arrangements then you will not be able to take up the option of free accommodation. 

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

If you are moving into private accommodation then you will need to contact your accommodation provider directly to organise arrangements for your arrival.

Residents - 2021-22

Once you have moved into your University accommodation you do need to think about what happens if you, or those you live with, get COVID and need to isolate.

If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID please ensure that you take a test and report a positive test result to the University and to Residence Life, this allows us to provide wellbeing checks and make sure you're okay. We also have information on what support is available which will be provided via email if you let us know.

To report a positive COVID test result to the University please use this link:

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

While wearing a face covering is no longer a legal requirement, the University is encouraging all staff and students to wear a face-covering this coming year. Please wear a face-covering when in a building, in lecture theatres and around campus.

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