International students

International students

It is strongly recommended that you apply for accommodation through the Sheffield Hallam Accommodation Services website.

Applying for accommodation through third-party providers, websites or agents is not advised. These companies, properties and landlords may not have been vetted or visited by Accommodation Services. University allocated halls of residence, and the properties listed on our Studentpad website, have been approved by the snug student housing standard.

If you sign a tenancy agreement (housing contract) this is legally binding and you will be required to pay the rent for the whole contract period, so make sure you are happy with the accommodation before you sign. This includes online tenancy agreements; if you proceed to click through to 'sign' a contract, this will be binding. The contract applies even if you do not pay a deposit or provide guarantor details.

  • International students travelling without dependants are guaranteed accommodation in one of our partner halls of residence, close to the University campuses.
  • We have a variety of room types to suit all budgets from £91 to £190 per week inclusive of utility bills, WiFi and contents insurance.
  • All university allocated halls of residence are single occupancy and self-catered.
  • Please be aware that we do not offer family accommodation. For further information on looking for family accommodation please read our guidance for families.

Preparing for your arrival to Sheffield

We advise that you attend one of the University’s pre departure briefing sessions prior to your arrival in Sheffield. This will provide you with important information about Visas, immigration, preparing to travel and applying for accommodation.

Applying for halls of residence

  • Apply for accommodation online as soon as you've received a full-time course offer from Sheffield Hallam. It doesn't matter if the offer is conditional or unconditional, or if you have made us your firm or insurance choice, you can still apply.
  • You will receive an offer of accommodation when your course offer status becomes unconditional firm and all academic requirements have been met.
  • If you have accepted an offer of accommodation through the University and you are unsuccessful in obtaining a UK Visa, you must inform Accommodation Services and your landlord as soon as possible, well in advance of the start of your accommodation contract. Please refer to the terms and conditions of your tenancy, as failure to do so may result in the contract and associated fees being upheld.

Private sector accommodation

If you require private sector accommodation, you should apply online via our website, selecting ‘private sector’ as your accommodation preferences. Once you have applied, you will be provided with tailored information and support to help you find suitable accommodation.

We recommend that that you finalise private sector accommodation arrangements after you have arrived in Sheffield. You should plan to arrive a few days early and book into a hotel to arrange in person viewings before committing to a legally binding contract.

You can also use Studentpad to search for snug approved properties in Sheffield.

Additional requirements

Any preferences or requirements should be stated in the notes section of your online application for accommodation.

  • Any special requirements which would assist in the allocation of accommodation should be made clear upon application
  • All room allocations are made in line with our equality and diversity guidelines and accommodation allocation criteria.


You will be expected to have a guarantor, which in some instances may be required to be UK or International based. If this is not an option, you may be required to pay the annual rent in full on acceptance of an offer of accommodation.

If you decide to choose private sector accommodation, we advise that you do not transfer any money or sign a legally binding contract until you have viewed the accommodation and have read the contract terms and conditions in detail.

Please be aware that the University does not act as a guarantor service. Third party guarantor companies are available but not affiliated with the University and will incur a fee.


If you need to arrive earlier than the contract start date, you must contact your landlord directly to make suitable arrangements. There may be an additional charge for early arrival.

If it is not possible to arrive earlier than the contract start date you will be advised to arrange alternative accommodation for that period. Sheffield Hallam holds preferential rates with a number of hotels, which can be found on our website.

The University's International Experience team will support you in your transition to the UK and throughout your time at Sheffield Hallam. For more information visit the International Experience web page.

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