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What you need to do next

Illustration of items you might need in your first week, including passport, money, alarm clock and medicine

Your essential step-by-step guide to what you need to do before you get here and in your first week.

  • 7 things to do before you get here

    1. Pre-enrol online

    Look out for an email about 3 weeks before you arrive, which will tell you what to do. If you don’t receive it, email webenrolhelp@shu.ac.uk You’ll need to print out your pre-enrolment summary and bring it with you. Watch a guide to preparing for enrolment

    2. Get your health checks and vaccinations

    Book an appointment at your doctor to have your two MMRs and MenACWY vaccines, and if you’re moving to Sheffield, get a check-up at your dentist before you get here too.

    If you're moving to Sheffield, register with our medical centre online. If you’re staying at home, you can choose to register with us or stay with your own surgery.

    Once you’ve enrolled you can go to the medical centre to find out what to do in an emergency and where to go if you feel unwell on campus. You can also get your vaccinations if you haven't already had them.

    3. If you're moving into halls, complete the SHUstart programme

    Staying in University accommodation? Log on to SHUstart to find everything you need to know about moving in. You'll receive more information about SHUstart before you arrive, so keep an eye on your emails.

    4. Put some money on your SHUcard

    When you get here you’ll be given your SHUcard which can be used to pay for things around campus. You can load money onto it before you get here, and your family can top it up for you while you’re here.

    You’ll also be given a rainbow lanyard with your SHUcard. The rainbow symbolises equality and inclusion, using the colours of the rainbow flag to signify the diversity in our university and our support for a truly inclusive culture.

    5. Download the SHUgo app

    The app has everything you'll need at university, including campus maps, timetables and who to contact. Download SHUgo from the App Store and Google Play.

    6. Follow Hallam Help on Twitter

    Follow Hallam Help for tips on your first few weeks, and tweet or DM them for impartial help, advice and support. They respond 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday.

    7. Pre-register for societies

    Pre-register to join one of our societies and they’ll send you more information before you get here. See all our societies.

  • 10 things you need to do in your first week

    1. Pick up the keys to your house or hall of residence

    If you're moving into halls, make sure you arrive in your allocated timeslot and bring your halls of residence key release form.

    2. Attend your course induction

    Check the email you should have received from Admissions to find out when and where this is. Not got the email? Ring Admissions on 0114 225 5555.

    3. Go to your enrolment

    Enrolment is where you formally register as a Sheffield Hallam student. We'll tell you when and where to enrol at your course induction.

    Watch this guide to find out how to prepare for enrolment.

    4. Collect your SHUcard

    Your SHUcard is your student ID. You can also use it to pay for goods and services across the University. We'll tell you where to collect it at your enrolment. 

    You’ll also be given a rainbow lanyard with your SHUcard. The rainbow symbolises equality and inclusion, using the colours of the rainbow flag to signify the diversity in our university and our support for a truly inclusive culture.

    5. Activate your sport and fitness card

    If you’ve applied for a Sheffield Hallam Active membership, visit their City or Collegiate Campus reception to activate your SHUcard and access the facilities. Or sign up today online.

    6. Register with our medical centre

    Go to the medical centre to register, find out what to do in an emergency and what to do if you feel unwell on campus. You can also get your two MMRs and MenACWY vaccines if you haven't already had them.

    The medical centre is located in room 5110, Surrey Building, City Campus.

    7. Find out about disability support

    As well as including students with physical, visual or hearing impairment, you may be classed as a disabled student if you have a long-term medical condition, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, an autism spectrum condition or mental health difficulties.


    Find out more about Disabled Student Support.

    8. Get to know your union

    From the freebie fair to checking out our societies, you'll become familiar with our Students' Union in your first week. It's run by students for students find out more about what it has to offer.

    9. Register for Culture Connect

    The Culture Connect mentoring scheme is a way of making new friends from around the world. You're matched with a student who can help you with any questions you may have about living and studying in Sheffield.

    You can also join SHU GoGlobal to make friends from around the world and get the most out of your first weeks.

    10. Find out what’s going on around campus

    Be the first to know what’s happening on campus by following us on Snapchat and Twitter. Add us on Snapchat via our username sheffhallamuni.

    You can also read our Hallam Insiders blog for handy tips, funny stories and great advice from our students.

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