Orientation Week - 10th - 14th September 2018

Bookings for Orientation Week 2018 are now open! 

Orientation Week is a week of events and activities to help you find your way around Sheffield, meet other new students and adjust to life in the UK. The week is packed full of opportunities to meet new people, get useful information, sort out important tasks (like opening a bank account, or finding a place to live) and have fun!

Orientation is particularly useful for new international students because we know that moving to a new country always involves some additional challenges! However, starting university can be challenging for everyone, so if you thing that you would benefit from some additional support in adjusting to University life then you are welcome to join the programme. 

We also run a Meet and Greet Service where our assistants will meet you at Manchester Airport and accompany you on coaches to Sheffield. More information on this will be available at a later date.

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Orientation Week takes place in September during the week before Intro Week. You can arrive on any day during the week to start taking part in our activities. Please note that Orientation Week is not compulsory but is strongly advised for students who feel they would benefit from getting to know the University and the city before the majority of students arrive in Sheffield.

We run most of the important information sessions multiple times in the week, so you will not miss out on these no matter what day you arrive. However, some social events only take place once so you might miss out on some of those if you arrive later in the week.


The week includes a huge range of events and activities, including:

  • Tours of the campus and the Students' Union
  • Talks from University services about the support available to students
  • Workshops to help with things like academic study skills, managing your money and understanding British culture.Talks about immigration and University registration procedures.
  • LOTS of social events where you can meet other new students, including quiz nights, barbecues, karaoke, games and craft evenings, a club night, cinema, ceilidhs (traditional dancing), sports sessions and more!

Registration for Orientation Week is free but you must register in advance of your arrival. Some of our events have a small ticket charge but these will be clearly indicated in the program schedule. All other activities are free. 


You do not need to stay in Orientation accommodation to take part in Orientation Week, so if you have your own private accommodation in Sheffield, or would rather stay in a hotel, you can still take part!

If you do need accommodation for the time you are attending Orientation, University accommodation will be available. We have different prices depending on what date you intend to arrive in Sheffield.  

You will need to book and pay for Orientation Week accommodation in advance

All accommodation packages run through to the morning of Friday 14th September, when you will need to move to your permanent accommodation.

If you are moving into University accommodation for the rest of the semester/year, you will be able to move into your room on Friday 14th September even if this is earlier than the date stated on your accommodation contract. Please note this is only for Orientation Week participants staying in University accommodation during Orientation Week.

If you are not staying in University accommodation during Orientation Week you will not be permitted to move into your accommodation any earlier than the date stated on your contract. Please note accommodation is for single occupancy only. Parents or others accompanying the participant are not permitted to stay in University Accommodation. 

If you would prefer to stay in a single sex apartment, please choose this option when booking. 

I want to take part - what do I need to do now?

Registration for Orientation Week is now OPEN! We have the option to either book registration and accommodation or to just register your place (this option is for those who have alternative accommodation for the week). You can find both options on the University Online Store found here. Simple search 'orientation' and you will be able to access both our booking options

If you have any questions about Orientation Week, please contact orientation@sheffield.ac.uk

If you have any questions about Orientation Week, please email orientation@sheffield.ac.uk