Orientation Week 

Orientation Week takes place at the start of each semester to welcome our new students to Sheffield. Our next Orientation Week will take place in February 2019 (exact dates TBC). 

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. 


Orientation Week takes place in September and February for new students. 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. 

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

Registration for Orientation Week Semester 2 will open at a later date. 

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