The University in the community

Thousands of students and staff from the University of Sheffield live in local communities across our city. Whether through volunteering, supporting local businesses or organising and attending events, they are integral to the economic health and vibrancy of Sheffield's neighbourhoods

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Community relations advice to students

Download our community relations leaflet - distributed to all students living in the community.

Covid-19 (updated September 2021)

We still expect our students to do what they can to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to keep our communities safe. We are continuing to provide advice around ventilation when meeting friends and being respectful of others' decisions to wear a mask.

Every student is expected to take two rapid lateral flow tests per week. This can either be done at our on-campus test centre, or using at-home test kits. 

We are strongly recommending to our students that they should get vaccinated against Covid-19. We are working closely with Sheffield City Council and the local NHS to offer vaccinations to students at convenient times and locations.

    Being good neighbours

    Being a responsible member of the local community is a central plank of the commitment we expect from our students.

    We work hard to help our students fufil these responsibilities when living in the local community. Our Residence Life mentors give help and guidance to first year students before they leave University accommodation and live in private accommodation for the first time. 

    When students arrive in their new homes, the University publishes information to help them settle into their new communities. This includes advice on how to take responsibility for waste, keep their property secure and how to get involved with local community groups. Most importantly, it stresses the importance of being a good neighbour and to be aware of the mixed community or permanent residents of all ages that they now find themselves living in.

    Anti-social behaviour is taken extremely seriously by the University of Sheffield. Our 24-hour security service will respond to resident calls about noise or anti-social behaviour relating to our students living in the community. Repeat or serious complaints could lead to disciplinary proceedings being taken by the University.

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    Student waste and recycling

    Many of our students are not only new to Sheffield, but have also never had to take responsibility for their own rubbish before.

    We work with Sheffield City Council to run campaigns to help our students navigate Sheffield's waste services. This includes advice on ensuring bins are put out and brought in promptly, and our End of Year Clear Out campaign, which each year sees hundreds of tonnes of items donated to the British Heart Foundation instead of going to landfill.

    We encourage students to help keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy by reporting flytipping and graffiti to Fix My Street.

    Working with landlords

    Our registered private accommodation service, Smart Move Sheffield, helps student to find quality accommodation in the local area and encourages landlords to invest in their properties.

    We only register properties which are part of Sheffield City Council's Snug scheme, which promotes good accommodation standards. This helps to ensure that our students are living in safe accommodation and that landlords who do not fulfil their obligations to their students are not rewarded with University endorsement.

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