Useful information

Coming to an event at The University of Sheffield?


The University of Sheffield hosts a large number of events throughout the year, such as high profile lectures, concerts, open days, art exhibitions and more. The majority of our public events are free of charge and open to all. Some require a ticket so please check the individual event listing for details.

Access and special requirements

Should you require assistance with access to a particular building, or have any other special requirements, please discuss your individual needs with the organiser of the event you are attending.

Food and drink

Refreshments may be provided at certain events. Please check with the event organiser for clarification. The University has a number of catering outlets on campus should you require food and drink. To find out more, visit EatwithUS.

Maps and travel

Information including maps and guidance on travelling to the University (including public transport), important dates, campus landmarks and FAQs can be found here.


Secure, convenient parking is available at Q Park on Durham Road.  Park for as little as £5 all day at the weekend and pre-book to take advantage of evening rates of £3. 

Further information on Q-Park and pre-booking

Further information on University car parks

Smoking policy

Smoking is not permitted in any University of Sheffield building.

Event venues

Firth Hall, Firth Court

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN (map)

Firth court

Firth Hall is the venue for many of our concerts, lectures, open days and exhibitions as well as weddings and formal dinners and it is located in Firth Court, the old red brick building on Western Bank (further information).

The Octagon Centre

Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TQ (map)

The Octagon

Tel: +44 114 222 8888

Situated at the heart of the campus, the Octagon Centre has an international reputation as a multi-purpose conference and music venue. It is also suitable for exhibitions and large scale lectures.

The Drama Studio

Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD (map)

Inside of a drama studio

Tel: +44 114 222 0200

A first class 200 seat theatre housed in the former Glossop Road Baptist Church. Each year over 40 productions are staged at the Drama Studio and it has the most varied and busy programme of drama, dance, opera and music in the city.

The Diamond

32 Leavygreave Rd, Sheffield S3 7RD (map)

Exterior shot of The Diamond building

Standing at the heart of the University campus, the six-storey Diamond boasts specialist teaching facilities including

a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library and IT services, and space for informal study including a cafe. (further information).

ICOSS - Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Science

219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP (map)

ICOSS building

Tel: +44 114 22 28340

As one of the University's best meeting spaces, ICOSS plays host to a wide range of events including conferences, seminars and exhibitions.

Humanities Research Institute (HRI)

34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY (map)

An view of the red-brick HRI building as taken from the roof of an adjacent building

Tel: 0114 222 9890

The imaginatively designed conference and seminar rooms in the Douglas Knoop Centre are a unique blend of the old and new.

Richard Roberts Auditorium

Brook Hill, S3 7HF (map)

The Richard Roberts building at night

A 300-seat auditorium adjoining the Dainton (Chemistry) building just off Brook Hill Roundabout.  As well as academic use, this theatre is a popular venue for public lectures.

Nelson Mandela Auditorium

Western Bank, S10 2TG  (map)

The Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the Students Union

Tel: +44 114 222 8777

A 390-seat auditorium, suitable for meetings, lectures and film shows. Facilities include a projection booth, a large screen, lectern and stage.

The Auditorium is part of the Students Union but is quite frequently used by the University for public lectures.

Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN (map)

An image showing the exhibition space in Western Bank Library

Thanks to a generous grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a major bequest from a former graduate and many smaller donations to the University's Alumni Foundation, this attractive space has been restored to the condition it was in when the Grade II listed building opened in 1959, and upgraded with 21st century systems.

Opening times

  • Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm
  • Friday 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday 12pm until 6pm (excluding holidays)

Find out about the latest exhibitions on show 

Meeting and event facilities

Halifax Hall
Halifax Hall

Halifax Hall hotel is a Victorian manor house set in a conservation area, and it’s available for everything from smaller events such as meetings, team away days, training weekends and Christmas celebrations to weddings and residential conferences.

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Dinner table set at Inox Dine

Conveniently located in the centre of campus, our new restaurant has views across the city and is the best place to host a business breakfast or lunch, also offering space for meetings and conferences. It’s the perfect place to catch up with colleagues for an after work drink or early dinner before evening lectures and events. 

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The Edge
The Edge building from the front.

The Edge is a truly flexible venue, perfect for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, team building, functions and parties for up to 350 guests.

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The Ridge
The Ridge

The Ridge is a bijou venue with three first floor conference rooms, hosting meetings and events for up to 170 delegates in the main room.

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Events at the University

Browse upcoming public lectures, exhibitions, family events, concerts, shows and festivals across the University.