Campus Tour frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to campus tours. If you can't find what you want here, please get in touch.

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  1. How long does a campus tour last?

    Tours last for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

  2. What time should I arrive for the campus tour and where do I need to go?

    All of our organised campus tours depart from the Students' Union reception area. Please look for the green 'Campus tour' banner sign to find your tour guides and register your attendance on arrival. The main entrance to the Students' Union is central to the university campus.

    Visitors should arrive at the Welcome Desk at least 15 minutes before the scheduled 1pm start. This will give you time to register your details and meet your guide before the tour begins.

  3. Who should I contact if I think I'm going to arrive late?

    If you don't think you'll be able to make the 1pm tour you should contact the UK/EU Recruitment team at the earliest opportunity on 0114 222 9872.

    We are unable to guarantee latecomers a campus tour but the earlier you can let us know, the sooner we can try to make alternative arrangements for you.

    If we are unable to organise a guided campus tour for you, you can take our Self-Guided Campus Tour and copies of this can be obtained from the Campus tour welcome desk upon arrival. You can also download a copy of our Self-Guided Campus Tour using the link at the right-hand-side of this page.

    Alternatively, you might like to download our campus tour podcast which replicates the tour and covers all of the different areas viewed on the usual campus tour route, along with hints, tips, information and guidance for visitors. The podcast can be accessed on the right-hand menu.

  4. Who will be taking me on the tour?

    You will be guided around the campus by one of our trained Student Ambassadors.

    Feel free to ask them any questions you may have regarding being a student in Sheffield and the course that they are studying.

  5. What should I wear?

    The campus tour is a walking tour so it is advisable to wear some comfortable footwear. Also, we would advise you to bring some suitable clothing if it is raining as most of the tour is outside.

  6. Will I be able to go to an academic department as part of my visit to the University?

    Although the campus tour will take you past most of the academic buildings, if you wish to visit a specific department and speak to a member of staff then you will need to contact them directly, at least two weeks prior to your visit to the University. 

    Please see the link to departmental contacts on the right-hand-side of this page.

  7. Will I be able to visit any of the accommodation?

    At certain times of the year we are able to offer optional accommodation tours following the campus tours. If this option is available to you we will inform you of this in your confirmation email when you sign up to the tour online.

    Alternatively, if you apply to study here and are successful in being offered a place, you will be invited to a Departmental Open Day where you will have the opportunity to visit the accommodation.

    Please see the link on the right-hand-side of this page for further information and for virtual tours of the accommodation site.

  8. Does the campus tour include a look around the sports facilities?

    The University's sports facilities are approximately ten minutes walk away from the central campus, but unfortunately they are not included on the campus tour.

    Information regarding the University's sports facilities and teams can be obtained by contacting Sport Sheffield directly.

    Please see the link on the right-hand-side of this page for further information.

  9. I am travelling to the University by car. Where will I be able to park?

    Parking on the University campus is for permit holders only and public pay and display parking is limited. So we would recommend travelling to the University by train or using one of the Park and Ride Services.

    For maps and travel information please see right-hand download.

    For those wishing to drive, car parking is available nearby and the closest to the Student's Union is located at Q-Park, Durham Road. Please note that this car park is pay on exit.

    For more information on travelling to the University, please see the link on the right-hand-side of this page.

  10. I am a blue badge holder and will be travelling to the University by car. Where can I park?

    If you or a member of your party is a blue badge holder, please contact us at least 48 hours before your visit and we will try to arrange a parking space for you.

  11. I am travelling to Sheffield by train. How do I get to the University from the station?

    Sheffield Railway Station is situated approximately a mile and a half away from The University of Sheffield, therefore it is advisable to catch either a tram or a bus to the campus.

    Trams run directly from the station to the University every 12 minutes. You need to catch the blue line heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at the University of Sheffield tram stop. The journey time is approximately 9 minutes.

    The main University of Sheffield campus is easily accessible by public transport. From the transport interchange (opposite the station). A range of buses go to and from this area, including the 30, 120, 123, 51 and 52.

    Alternatively, a taxi from the station will cost around £5.