If utilities are not included in your rent, you become responsible for the bills from the day your housing contract starts.
Take meter readings and call your suppliers to set up your accounts. If you do not know the identity of your suppliers, you can find out by calling:
Water services in Sheffield are supplied by Yorkshire Water. If you have a water meter, you should call them with a meter reading. If you do not have a water meter, you will be charged a proportion of the fixed annual charge depending on the date your housing contract starts.
Most home telephone lines in Sheffield are provided by BT or Virgin Media but there are many different companies offering combined telephone, internet and TV packages so shop around for the best deal. Make sure that any contract you enter into does not last longer than your housing contract.