Welcome and life at Sheffield

Information to help you settle into life at Sheffield.


Welcome events

Welcome 2021

Welcome 2021 is a programme of events, nights out, activities, fairs, and support to welcome you to student life, make new connections, and have fun. 

Welcome 2021

Orientation 2021

Orientation 2021 is a programme of events, information sessions and community-building activities to help you settle in quickly to your new life in Sheffield.

Orientation 2021

University welcome meeting

During intro week you'll be invited to attend a University welcome meeting which will outline the opportunities available to you throughout your studies. Dates and times are updated on the page below.

University Welcome Meeting

Departmental welcome meeting

Your academic department will also run a welcome meeting where they'll tell you more about the department and your module choices. The date and time of your meeting will be emailed to you, as well as on the iSheffield app.


Chaplaincy Orientation and Intro week events

The Chaplaincy Service runs a number of events during Orientation and Intro weeks

Chaplaincy Orientation and Intro week events

The Students’ Union

Your new Students’ Union

Discover what your new Students’ Union has to offer, and why it's rated No.1 in the UK.

Students' Union

Student Support Services

Student support

If you're struggling or need some advice, we have a range of support services that can provide tailored information, advice and support.

Student support contacts

Signposting our support

If you don’t want to speak to someone in person you can visit our Signposting Our Support pages which can signpost you to the relevant information and services.

Signposting Our Support

Unsure where to go?

Where you're unsure which service you need, you can contact the Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) and they'll point you in the right direction.



Careers and employability

The Careers Service provides expert and impartial support to all students with their personal and career development.

During your time at university, you will develop a wide range of skills through your course, your work experience and extracurricular activities. You can reflect on and record these using mySkills.

The service provides guidance in finding part-time work and placements, and transition to graduate employment and further study.

Careers Service

Library Services

Welcome to the library

Your Library provides access to the reading for your course, space to study, support with your research and help where you need it. The 'Your Library Essentials' guide has helpful information on using the Library:

Your Library Essentials

We understand there's a lot of information to take in when you first use the Library, so we’ll be on hand during your department induction sessions to answer your questions.

Access your reading

All undergraduate and most taught postgraduate students will be given lists of required or recommended reading and other resources. 

You can view the reading lists for your programme and modules by logging into MUSE. Signing into MUSE will also give you access to the full range of digital resources provided by the Library.

You will find the lists for your programme via the Reading List link on the left-hand side menu in your Blackboard course. Please contact your module tutor if there is no reading list link or if you have specific questions about recommended reading for your course.

See Your Library Essentials, it's your guide to using the library.


Get the most out of the Library’s digital resources and develop your research skills, critical thinking and digital fluency.

The Library offers bookable workshops and webinars, online tutorials, videos and guides, and in-course teaching to help you improve your skills in discovering, understanding, questioning, referencing, creating and disseminating information.

Discover Library spaces

All library sites have a mix of study spaces from quiet study areas, group study rooms to more communal spaces, check out our study pages. Take a look around and meet the helpful library staff.

 Your Library Essentials

The Library is here to help you

You can ask us any questions using Live Chat, email, text or phone.

We are constantly adding to our Frequently Asked Questions so that you can get up to date answers to your questions quickly, particularly outside of our staffed hours. Also accessible from the library kiosks.

Also, check out our Library Update web page.

301 Academic Skills Centre

Level up your skills with 301

The 301 Academic Skills Centre provides opportunities for you to develop the essential academic and study skills which underpin your learning at University.

The 301 'Level Up Your Skills' resources are there to support you in developing the skills and confidence to make a positive start on your course, and help you transition to University level study. Find out more via:

The Jumpstart University hub has been developed by The Open University in collaboration with the Russell Group to help students starting university this year to prepare for and settle into their studies. It includes a range of resources on topics including study skills, student life, wellbeing and mental health. Many of these resources complement those within the Level Up Your Skills Resources.

Sport Sheffield

At Sport Sheffield you can join our University gym and a variety of classes and clubs.

To view all of the sporting activities offered, visit:

Sport Sheffield

The Chaplaincy Centre

Our Chaplaincy is open to all students.

For more information about our Chaplaincy centre, exams and religious observance, multi-faith activities and societies, visit: 

Religion, belief and pastoral support

Chaplaincy brunch

Join members of the Chaplaincy team online for a relaxed chat over brunch, every term-time Wednesday between 10:30-11:30am. If you can't make the whole hour, just drop in when you can.

Chaplaincy brunch

Places to go

Things to do in Sheffield

The Visit Sheffield page provides an outline of the events, attractions and entertainment available in Sheffield.

Visit Sheffield


Safety and incident reporting

Our University Security Services are available 24 hours and provide a first-response service to incidents including noise complaints, crimes, alarms, and medical emergencies. For more information, please visit:


Still got questions?

Find what you're looking for on Student Answers, our FAQ knowledgebase.