International College

Tips for your September arrival at the University of Sheffield International College

Posted 19 August 2019
International students sat outside the new Diamond building

Here are some tips to help you get ready to study in Sheffield.

With September just about the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to Sheffield! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

Induction Week is between 9-20 September. When you confirm your arrival details you will receive confirmation of your registration date and time.

Be prepared

We recommend flying into Manchester Airport, as it is the closest international airport to Sheffield. Before catching your flight, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Before you leave:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Book your flights
  • Complete the pre-arrival form
  • Book your taxi transfer

It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to Sheffield and during your first week.

What to bring with you on your first day:

  • Evidence of your Secure English language test
  • Passport and visa
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while travelling.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.

During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, the International College and a tour of the Sheffield city centre. This week is Induction Week. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.

Making friends

International students answer questions about making friends and what to do when you feel nervous in this video:


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might have some extra time to explore your new home city. Sheffield is a metropolitan city with an international reputation for steel and a thriving culture of theatre.

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. Sheffield has a great transportation system, including buses the Sheffield Supertram, which has a convenient stop at the University of Sheffield. There are even city bikes you can rent for an hour or the whole day to tour the city from Sheffield Bicycle.

Happening in September:

  • Made in Sheffield at Millennium Gallery – Featuring work by over 100 leading Sheffield companies, this exhibition celebrates the internationally renowned making and manufacturing from this city. From aeronautical engineering to digital industry, every style will be on display with additional workshops across the city.
  • Fun Palaces – A weekends of workshops, tours and theatrical activities for all ages and abilities. This is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at Sheffield theatres.
  • Moor Market – One of the UK’s largest indoor markets with more than 90 independent businesses providing everything from a spectrum of fresh foods to clothing and homeware.

Sheffield is also known as the greenest city in Europe. There are many woods throughout the city and beyond, making for lots of easy walks and interesting outdoor spaces to enjoy. It is also an easy trip to the astounding Peak District National Park, the first national park in England.

Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International College staff are always available to help.

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