Welcome to Sheffield

Welcome to the University of Sheffield! You are now a part of our community of passionate students from all over the world.


A safe campus for everyone

We have been working hard to prepare a safe campus to provide you with an inspiring learning experience, while protecting everyone’s health and wellbeing.

We need your help to keep our community safe. Wherever possible, please remember to:

  • Wear a face covering in teaching spaces, meeting rooms and around campus (unless exempt for a medical reason or disability)
  • Keep a safe distance from others and follow campus signage 
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day and make use of hand washing facilities and sanitisers on campus

You'll find all the latest safety information, rules and restrictions on our safety guidance page.

Support for students who are self-isolating

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms

1. Stay at home and self-isolate if you have:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

NHS guidance on self-isolating

2. Book a free test straight away, however mild your symptoms

Tests are free. Give your term-time address.

Get a test online on GOV.UK. Call 119 if you don't have internet access.

If you are on a clinical placement, your academic department may advise you on alternative arrangements for testing.

3. Inform the University that you have symptoms, or if you are isolating

This will enable us to monitor for positive Covid-19 cases for track and trace purposes, and provide you with any support you may need. 

Complete the online Covid-19 form

You must complete the form when you begin self-isolating, even if you have no symptoms. (For example, if you have been identified as a contact and asked to self-isolate by NHS track and trace or if someone in your household has symptoms and is awaiting test results.) If you develop symptoms while self-isolating, please complete the form again.

We will continue to follow the latest advice to make our University a safe place to live and study.

Your University Library

Information Commons

The library’s collections and content are rich in new media, digital works, texts and research materials. You can access your library account and all our digital collections from anywhere on or off campus.

Our online service has more than a million ebooks and 60,000 journal titles, along with a virtual library team and specialist librarians ready to support you.

Explore the University Library

Your number one Students' Union

You are now a member of the number one Students’ Union in the UK. 

Each year, students elect eight officers, who work full time at the Students' Union to tackle all issues to do with student life – from welfare to your course, as well as making sure your Students' Union offers what you want. 

Your Students' Union has more than 350 societies and interest groups, 50+ sports clubs, a diverse events and entertainment programme, volunteering and fundraising opportunities, bars, cafes, shops, and independent support services. 

Discover your Students’ Union

Sport at Sheffield

If you want to get involved with sport, you’ll feel right at home at Sport Sheffield.

Increasingly, studies show that being active and healthy can have a positive impact on your study and work, so we aim to provide you with a range of opportunities to help you do just that during your University life.

Our sports facilities are open and safety measures are in place. We've introduced a number of measures throughout our facilities and activities to ensure you can stay fit and healthy as safely as possible.

We have a fitness suite, swimming pool, fitness classes and sports pitches. We also have squash courts, a bouldering wall, sports hall and a dedicated strength and conditioning room – we're working hard to reopen these in the next few weeks.

We also offer more than 50 sports clubs, run by student committees, so there are plenty of opportunities to try something new and get involved in a variety of ways.

But it’s about more than playing sport - it’s about being part of a unique community, building lifelong friendships, learning essential social and networking skills to support you throughout your University career and beyond.

Explore Sport Sheffield

A welcoming city

Sheffield City Centre

Studying at Sheffield means you are now a part of this brilliant, vibrant city. It’s a fantastic place to live and as you settle in, you’ll have the chance to explore all it has to offer.

If you ever need a break from city life, you’re never far from the countryside here – a third of Sheffield lies within the Peak District National Park.

Most things you’ll need are reachable by walking or cycling, including the city centre which is a short walk from campus. If you need to use public transport, discount student bus tickets are available – but don’t forget to bring your face covering to travel.

Our diverse community

With students and staff from all over the world, our University is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community. We are proud of our diversity and we want everyone to feel welcome, safe and respected.

In Spring 2019, we launched our Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan, which aims at improving the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff through the creation of an inclusive culture within the University.

We are listening, and we are committed to continued work in this area, including long-term actions that will improve our race equality and culture for everyone.

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice

Faculty Vice-President Arts and Humanities and Chair of the University’s Race Equality Steering Group

Learn about our race equality work

We’re here to support you

Nothing is more important to us than our students' health and wellbeing. An extensive range of support is available to our students throughout their time at Sheffield. Whatever the need, our experienced staff will be on hand to answer their questions and offer support where you need it.

The Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) is our students one stop shop for help.

If you are affected by any form of discrimination, report it and access support through Report and Support.

For emergencies, save our 24/7 Security Services number to your phone: 0114 222 4444

Further information for new students

New student checklist

1 - Complete your online registration tasks

Complete your online registration tasks

2 - Collect your student ID (UCard)

After you have registered online, you will be invited to collect your UCard. You must attend the event at the specific time given to you. If you are an international student who has chosen the University as the ACL, you will also be able to collect your BRP at this event.

How to collect your student ID card (UCard)

3 - Register with the University Health Service

If you have not already done so, register with the University Health Service so that you can see a doctor or nurse in Sheffield when you need to. If you have an existing health condition remember to book an appointment once you have registered.

Register with the University Health Service

4 - Attend your departmental induction talk

Your academic department will also run a welcome meeting where they'll tell you more about the department, how teaching and learning will work this year, your programme and your module choices. 

The date and time of your meeting will be emailed to you, as well as on the iSheffield app.

A world-class university – a unique student experience

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.