Returning to Sheffield

Information about when to plan your safe return to Sheffield, access to campus and facilities, and information about rent in University owned or managed accommodation.


Travel within the UK

You should remain where you are wherever possible and start your term online, unless you are on a course that is exempt and you've been advised to return by your department.

We also understand that you already may have travelled back to Sheffield. If this is the case, you should remain in Sheffield at this time. Please do not travel between your term-time and home address.

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

International travel

You should follow UK government guidance and remain where you are and start your term online, unless you are on a course that is exempt and have been advised to return by your department.

If you are an international student currently living overseas, this means that you are not expected to travel to the UK for the start of the spring semester, but to continue your studies online until further notice. If you have completed the Hainan Airlines Survey to book a seat on a closed charter flight, Hainan Airlines will contact you directly with further information on this.

Before you travel to the UK

Pre-departure testing is required for all inbound passengers to England. You will need to receive a negative Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before leaving your destination. The test will be checked when you check in with your airline, train company or ferry before your travel. Those who refuse won’t be able to travel.

Before travelling to the UK, you should check the Covid-19 entry requirements. Do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you are required to self-isolate.

When you arrive in the UK

Everyone must complete a passenger locator form on arrival to the UK and follow the government's national lockdown restrictions.

You must self-isolate when you arrive in the UK for 10 days.

Travel corridors are suspended. Check the latest information on the government’s coronavirus travel corridors.

There is the option to take a coronavirus test from a private testing provider five days from when you were last in a location not on the travel corridor list. A negative result releases you from the need to continue to self-isolate.

Access to campus and facilities

At this time you should only access the University 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.

For those who need to attend campus, the University will remain open. Study spaces on campus are available.

Due to the national restrictions, Sport Sheffield is now closed. 

Postgraduate research students

The university recognises the importance of research and innovation, and we are seeking to maintain these activities through the lockdown period wherever possible. Therefore, staff and research students who need access to laboratories or other facilities to undertake research and innovation, or to provide essential support to research and innovation, can continue to travel to campus to undertake this work.

Please continue to follow the guidance from your department on accessing research facilities at the University and seek advice from your supervisor. If you are on campus, please ensure that you adhere to all safety measures at all times.

Covid-19 testing

If you need to return to Sheffield, we expect all students to book two tests at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. You should also get tested if you have remained in Sheffield.

You should book your second test to take place three days after the first and minimise all social contact until you have received two negative test results.

Alternatively, if you do not take up the offer of a test, you must self-isolate for 10 days when you return to Sheffield.

Our testing centre is for University of Sheffield staff and students who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University.

How to book a test at the University's Covid-19 Testing Centre If you have received a positive test result through the NHS within the last 90 days, you do not need to get a test when you return to Sheffield or to campus.

Students who are living in an area that offers the use of local community testing programmes should seek to get tested before their return, where this fits in with locally targeted programmes led by the Director of Public Health.

Rent in University owned or managed accommodation

We will not be charging rent to students who are unable to make use of their University owned or managed accommodation between 4 January and 22 February 2021.

Guidance for students who are unable to return to their accommodation

Support – get in touch

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