We're offering prospective students the opportunity to visit Sheffield and undertake guided tours of our campus.
Our student-led walking tours are a great opportunity to visit some of the most widely-used facilities on campus. Campus tours run most weeks from our Students' Union building, and take around 90 minutes.
A member of our team of student ambassadors will lead your tour. Feel free to ask your tour guide any questions you may have about student life at Sheffield and they’ll do their best to answer, or point you in the direction of further helpful information. A member of staff from the UK Student Recruitment Team will also be available on the campus tour stand before and after the tour to answer any other questions you might have.
We’ll take you inside some of our iconic buildings including our award winning Students’ Union, our outstanding library facilities, and some of our larger academic buildings which host lectures, seminars and labs.
Please see below some answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or queries, get in touch with the UK Student Recruitment Team:
- +44 114 222 9872 (weekdays 9am-4pm)
- Covid-19: putting your health and safety first
The continued safety of our staff, students and visitors remains our top priority, and so a number of protocols remain in place on campus for these tours. We ask that prospective students bring a maximum of one additional guest from the same household to join them on the tour all visitors maintain a 2-metre social distance from all other campus users wherever possible.
We would like to thank visitors for their understanding in this matter, and to reassure all offer-holders that, following guidance from the Department for Education, the University is planning for a full return to face to face teaching for current students from September 2021. This will also be complemented by some digital activities where these add value to our students’ experience.
- all visitors wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose when moving around inside University buildings, unless they have a valid exemption
- all visitors make regular use of the hand sanitisation points located across campus
- any visitors experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) to refrain from attending the event, or leave campus immediately if symptoms begin after your arrival
- What time should I arrive for the campus tour and where do I need to go?
You should aim to arrive at our Students Union building by 12.50pm. You can find details and directions to the Students’ Union using our interactive campus map. Our campus tour stand will be located inside the main entrance foyer, opposite the welcome desk.
- Who can I bring with me?
You can bring a maximum of one guest from the same household to accompany you on your visit. In order that we can maintain social distancing and appropriate group sizes, we’re unable to accommodate any additional guests (including children of any age).
- Will I get to see my academic department?
Our tour will focus on showcasing some of our multi-use buildings which host lectures, seminars and labs for students from a wide range of departments. We are unfortunately unable to take visitors inside specific department buildings, but opportunities for this may be available at some of our open day and applicant day events.
- Can I see the sports facilities?
Our campus tour will not include tours of Sport Sheffield. However, these are frequently available at our Open Day and Applicant Day events. In the meantime, you can watch a video tour of Sport Sheffield, and find more information on the Sport Sheffield website.
- Who should I contact if I think I’m going to arrive late?
If you’re running late, please contact the UK Student Recruitment Team on 0114 222 9872. We’re unable to guarantee latecomers a campus tour but the earlier you let us know, the sooner we can try to make alternative arrangements.
- Who else will be on the visit?
You may be joined by other prospective students and their guests on your tour. Group sizes will be limited so that all households can maintain a two-metre social distance as much as possible.
- What Covid-testing protocols are in place?
We will not ask for proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend the campus tour, as appropriate social distancing and other covid mitigation measures will be in place. University of Sheffield students and staff, including those involved with the delivery of campus visits, have voluntary access to our on-campus Covid-19 Testing Centre and are expected to book regular tests.
- What if I start to experience Covid symptoms?
If you experience any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
you should email email@example.com as soon as possible to cancel your campus visit. If this occurs on the day of the visit, please also contact the team at the earliest opportunity on 0114 222 9872. If you begin to experience any of the above symptoms during your visit, please notify your guide immediately so we can ensure you are able to leave campus and return home swiftly and safely.
- Can I access toilet facilities safely?
Toilet facilities will be available at the start and end of the campus tour in the Students’ Union building. We ask that visitors please observe any capacity limits that may be in place at these facilities.
- Will refreshments be available?
A number of catering outlets are available in our Students' Union. Our tour guides and staff can provide you with further information on the day of your visit.
- How do I get to Sheffield?
Find out more on our maps and travel information web page.
If you’re travelling by public transport, the Students’ Union is a 5 minute walk from the University’s stop on the Supertram which serves the city centre, Sheffield train station, and several park and ride sites.
- Where can I park?
- What should I wear?
The campus tour is a walking tour so please wear comfortable footwear and bring suitable clothing including waterproofs in case of rain, as much of the tour will be outside. Please also bring a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, as you will be asked to wear this indoors, unless you have a valid exemption.
- I am a blue badge holder and will be travelling to the University by car. Where can I park?
We recommend using one of the 32 blue-badge parking spaces available in the Q Park at Durham Road.
- Is the visit accessible for wheelchair-users?
The campus tour covers our central campus - an area approximately one mile across. The route makes use of lowered curbs and pedestrian crossings as much as possible. Welfare facilities in the Students Union are available on the Ground Floor and include accessible toilets. If you wish to discuss any additional requirements, you can contact the Uk Student Recruitment Team by telephone 0114 222 9872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the University doing to control Covid-19 on campus?
The University tracks daily reported covid cases for its staff and students and publishes these on our Covid-19 dashboard. When we receive notification of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, we follow detailed processes and procedures, including tracking and tracing to reduce onward transmission, communications to relevant staff and students, and cleaning of affected areas where appropriate. You can read more information on our webpages about how we are keeping our community safe.
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