Welcome 2020

Between September to December, our ‘Welcome Term’ will help University of Sheffield students discover all we have to offer. No matter when you arrive, you’ll be given a warm welcome from the No. 1 Students’ Union in the UK
(WhatUni Awards 2017-20).

Freshers fair

Welcome term 2020 is shaping up

We’ll have information, activities, events, support, and more to explore. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and twitter for the latest news, opportunities, and updates to make sure you don’t miss out:

  1. Virtual activities and sports fairs
  2. Try new activities
  3. Volunteering and fundraising
  4. Events and entertainment
  5. Get to know your SU officers
  6. Visit our fantastic building
  7. Support when you need it
  8. Giving you a voice
A welcome banner hung in the SU building

Welcome to your Students’ Union

Virtual activities and sports fairs

Explore new and existing hobbies and interests and passions through our Virtual Activities and Sports Fairs! Spanning the first few weeks of your term, you will be able to explore over 350 societies, 57 sports clubs, as well as other activities through these fairs. Watch showcases, chat with members, and join groups via our website.


21st September - Activities: Departments and Medics

22nd September - Sports: Adventure sports

23rd September - Activities: Academic and Special Interest

24th September - Sports: Team Sports

25th September - Activities: Creative Media

28th September - Sports: Individual Sports

29th September - Activities: Cultural and Faith

30th September - Sports: Try a new sport

1st October - Activities: Political, Campaigning, Fundraising

A stall at freshers fair

Try a new activity with your SU

Try new activities

If you want to try a new activity without any commitment our free online Give it a Go programme will be of interest. We will be streaming over 30 different activities for you to explore. Enjoy wherever you are and best of all - it’s practically all free! They are a great introduction to some of the many societies we have here. Our programme will be updated weekly - check back regularly for new and exciting Give it a Go opportunities!

Give It a Go

Volunteering and fundraising

If you’re looking to give something back to our local community there’s plenty to get involved with. Sheffield Volunteering and its local partners will have a diverse range of projects which you can sign up to support. From creating eye-catching marketing materials for a homeless charity, to forming a friendship with an older person to reduce social isolation, these are a really rewarding way to spend some of your free time. RAG (Raising and Giving) and Bummit (charity hitchhiking) raise tens of thousands for good causes each year, and 2020/21 will be no different! They are planning events throughout the first semester (virtual charity hitchhike anyone?) so you can have fun and raise a ton for charity! Click the links below to find out more!

Sheffield Volunteering Raising and Giving Bummit

Events and entertainment

Our extensive club night and live music programme is poised to return as soon as national guidelines allow. In the meantime our teams and student groups are working on bringing you a new flavour of events and entertainment.

On October 1st, join in our big Freshers Goes Virtual event, featuring the biggest Bongo’s Bingo live stream ever, incredible DJ sets from very special guests, and heaps of prizes to be won during the show courtesy of Southern Comfort, Bongo’s Bingo and schuh! To get your Sheffield Uni ticket use the access code 0SXH4K.


For more updates on events like this join our mailing list to find out more!

Get to know your SU officers

Sheffield Students’ Union is powered by students. Our eight Students’ Union Officers will be online and on campus throughout the Welcome period, giving you an opportunity to get to know them and what they will be working on for you this year.

Get to now them more by following their Instagram account @su_officerteam and read their welcomes to new students:

Read SU President, Beth’s welcome to UK Undergraduate Students

Read Education Officer,Ellie’s, Welcome to UK Postgraduate Students

Read International Student’s Officer, Iuri’s welcome to International Students

Student Leadership
The SU building

Our Students’ Union

Visit our fantastic building

The Students’ Union building is your space with a mix of bars, cafes, shops, and services to provide you with the best student experience possible. You can find out about what’s open and when, our new Covid-19 measures to ensure your visit is safe and welcoming, and more in our new SU Building pages.


Support when you need it

This year more than ever, it may take you a while to settle in and feel at home. However the University and Students Union’ have many support services, schemes, and groups ready to help wherever you need it. Our Student Advice Centre has a comprehensive set of advice webpages on matters relating to your course, finances, housing and wellbeing. If you need more assistance you can even arrange video calls appointments with advisors.

Advice and Support
Students voting

Our Students’ Union

Giving you a voice

Your voice is more important than ever. We have lots of groups and individuals championing your interests and when you arrive you can join them. Our Academic Reps feedback on, and shape their courses. Our Representative Committees promote the views and activities of specific groups of students. Our SU Council oversees what the Students’ Union actually does; setting it’s priorities and ensuring it meets your needs. Get involved and help power your SU!