Applicant day FAQs

Attending our Applicant day? Find the answers to your questions here.


Full details of the activities available at the Applicant day are provided in our online guide and we’ve put together these FAQs to help you prepare and make the most of your day in Sheffield.

If you have any further questions or queries, get in touch by email using

COVID-19: Keeping our community safe

In line with government guidance, many of the controls that were required on campus last year have now been removed, enabling us to return to a much more familiar campus environment. However, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors remains our utmost priority, and so a number of protocols remain in place for our Applicant day, including strengthened guidance on face coverings in response to the Omicron variant. All visitors will be expected to: 

  • Wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose when inside University buildings, unless they have a valid exemption (these can be removed when eating/drinking)
  • Follow any remaining one-way systems and make space for others campus users when moving around campus buildings 
  • Make regular use of the hand sanitisation points and hand washing facilities located across campus
  • Refrain from attending the event if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), or leave campus immediately if symptoms begin after your arrival

We would like to thank visitors for their understanding in this matter, and to reassure all prospective students that, following guidance from the Department for Education, the University has made a full return to face to face teaching from September 2021. This has been  complemented by some digital activities where these add value to our students’ experience.

Can I cancel my booking?

If you are no longer able to attend your Applicant day, please contact us at Please provide your full name and date of birth when requesting a change so we can find your original booking. 

Who can I bring with me?

Prospective students can bring additional guests from the same household to accompany you on the Applicant Day - please submit details when booking your place to ensure that your guests can be accommodated.

What visitor opportunities are available on the day?

Full details of the activities available at the Applicant day are provided in our online guide, and will be summarised on flyers handed to you when you register. If you have any questions during the day, there will be lots of staff and student ambassadors available on our general information stand, information hubs, and spread around campus, to help you.

What time does the day start and end?

Your arrival time will be given in your confirmation and reminder emails, together with the start time of your department activities. There will be time before or after these activities to visit the Central exhibition (open 9:30-12:30) and take part in the tours (all running 10:00-12:15 and 14:00-16:00). For full details, see our online Applicant Day guide.

How do I get to Sheffield? 

Maps and travel information can be found here. Sheffield and the University have excellent public transport links, and we encourage visitors to take advantage of these wherever possible. The University has a tram stop, is a twenty-minute walk from Sheffield train station, and is well served by the local bus network.

Where can I park?

Car parking near campus is limited, and often reaches full capacity at these events. We therefore strongly recommend those driving to consider one of Sheffield’s several park and ride sites on the tram network, which link directly with the University’s dedicated tram stop. 

From the M1, exit at Junction 33 for the Nunnery Square park-and-ride site, or Junction 34 for the Meadowhall Interchange park-and-ride site. From either site, take the yellow route tram towards Middlewood. 

If you're coming to Sheffield from the West (via the A628 or A61) then use the Middlewood park-and-ride site. Take the yellow route tram towards Meadowhall.

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. An additional 20 blue-badge parking spaces are available in the Q park at Rockingham Street.

Do you have disabled access?

All our venues have disabled access. If you need any help on the day, our staff and student ambassadors are there to help. Our Disability and Dyslexia Support Service can also offer further advice on access to buildings, car parking and other facilities.

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. 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 nine 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 and all pass by the University. 

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

Can I get support with travel costs?

Our access travel bursary will refund standard coach or rail travel for eligible prospective students plus one guest, or a mileage allowance for car travel. The refund is only available for your journey to an undergraduate open day or applicant day, travelling directly to and from Sheffield. Forms can be handed in to our general information stand on the day, or posted in after the event. For eligibility information, downloadable forms, and further information, please visit our webpage.  

Where should I go when I arrive?

All applicants should register on arrival at our Students’ Union building. You can find details and directions to the Students’ Union using our interactive campus map.

Where can we eat and drink on campus?

A number of catering outlets will be open across campus for the Applicant day, including the Information Commons cafe, Diamond kitchen, and several outlets in our Students Union.  Lunch will be provided by departments as part of your department visit.

What should I wear?

Our central campus is approximately one mile across, and so we recommend wearing comfortable footwear and suitable clothing including waterproofs in case of rain, as most visitors will be walking between different locations for talks, tours and other activities. Please also bring a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, as you will be expected to wear this indoors, unless you have a valid exemption.

Are there places to stay overnight close to the University campus?

There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in Sheffield. Visit the Welcome to Sheffield website for more information.

What COVID testing protocols are in place?

We will not ask for proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend the Applicant day, as various 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 encouraged 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

In the days prior to the Applicant day, please refrain from attending. If you begin to experience any of the above symptoms during your visit, please self-isolate in line with government guidelines and leave campus immediately.

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 website. 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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