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.

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Guidance on returning to Sheffield

  • All students can return to campus
  • Our campus buildings are open with necessary safety measures in place
  • The majority of spring semester exams and assessments will take place online
  • Labs and face-to-face tutoring may resume for postgraduate taught students.

If you study a practice-based course, you should continue to attend your scheduled teaching sessions on campus.

Undergraduate students

If your semester dates do not follow the standard University calendar, your department will contact you with specific arrangements.

Postgraduate taught students

The University is delivering a blend of face-to-face and online learning, with large group activities likely to remain online for now. When face-to-face studying and other in-person activities resume, you should return to Sheffield as soon as possible.

Please note, there may be some exceptions if face-to-face studying for your taught modules have already been completed. You should check the guidance from your department in this instance. 

Temporary delays in attending face-to-face teaching 

Some students may face difficulties in travelling to Sheffield in time for the start of your face-to-face teaching.

If you have been advised that some elements of practical teaching will resume, and you are facing delays, you will be able to continue your studies online temporarily until you are able to return. If you might be facing temporary delays in returning to Sheffield, inform your department.

If you cannot attend your face-to-face teaching

If you have been invited to return, but are not able to attend in Sheffield for the foreseeable future, apply for an exemption from in-person attendance request form as soon as possible.

Exemptions from in-person attendance will be granted for students who are extremely clinically vulnerable.

If you cannot travel to Sheffield due to local travel restrictions in your home country, you will be able to continue studying online until you are able to join us in Sheffield. You should keep your department informed if you are able to travel at a later date.

The UK has not banned students from any countries if they hold a Tier 4 or new student visa. Exemptions will not be granted due to UK travel restrictions. 

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.

All postgraduate research students should work from home wherever possible, and continue to follow the existing guidance on accessing campus facilities.

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


Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield

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 after that.

Get a home test

Self-test kits can be used in combination with our test centre to meet the expectation of two tests per week. It is recommended that wherever possible you should undertake three supervised tests at our testing centre before transitioning to home testing to ensure you are confident in conducting the test. After this, you may choose to fulfil your two tests per week through our Covid-19 Testing Centre, or a self-test kit.

What to do if you receive a positive test result

Order testing kits

Order free rapid lateral flow test kits on the government website to use at home.

Collect testing kits

Self-test kits are available for collection from various sites across campus. Staff and students must bring their Ucard to collect a test kit.

Collection points from 10am–2pm:

  • Solly Street
  • English Language Teaching Centre
  • Elmfield
  • Medical School
  • AMRC Training Centre
  • Students' Union
  • Our Covid-19 Testing Centre: Level 4 of the Students' Union

Collection points from alternative times:

  • Heartspace (Student Recruitment Office) - 10am–3pm
  • The Diamond - 10am–4pm
  • The Edge reception - open 24/7

Clinical placements

Students undergoing clinical placements may be expected by their provider to demonstrate a negative test before undertaking their placement. In some cases a negative lateral flow test result will be sufficient and you should use your text message or email confirmation as evidence of this. In all cases you should follow the advice and guidance from your provider and contact your academic department if you have any questions or concerns.

Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield


International travel

If you are returning to Sheffield, check the Covid-19 entry requirements before travelling to the UK. Do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you are currently self-isolating.

Teaching and learning

Travel guidance for international students


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.

All postgraduate research students should work from home wherever possible, and continue to follow the existing guidance on accessing campus facilities.

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

Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield

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 after that.

Self-test kits can be used in combination with our test centre to meet the expectation of two tests per week.

How to book a test or collect self-testing kits from campusStudents 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

Any students who are still unable to use their University owned or managed accommodation following the government's latest guidance will not be charged rent until 12 April 2021 at the earliest.

Guidance for students who are unable to return to their accommodation


Vaccination centre

A vaccination centre is open at the Octagon for people living in Sheffield to receive a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

The vaccination centre is open from 8am–5pm, every day.

You can book a vaccine appointment online if you are 18 or older. 

Everyone aged 18 and older is also welcome to use the walk-in service at the Octagon.

To access the walk-in service, just turn up and collect a ticket, which will give you a time window for your vaccination. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis from the start of each day.

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.