Contacting the Student Advice Service 

Please see below for our opening hours and ways to contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: the Advice Service, the Students' Union, and the University are closed on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, reopening on Monday 6 June.

If you need help urgently or outside of our normal opening hours, we would encourage you to first look at our self-help resources and our list of external advice providers to see if these may be of help to you at this time. You may also find it helpful to contact one of the support services at the University or your Student Support Adviser and to see the University's information on Rules and Regulations, Financial Support, and Fees Regulations, and Paying your Fees.

Please note, we are independent of the University. Therefore, we do not have detailed information about you or your course. If you have issues with your course, you have a fee debt, or you have been contacted by a member of staff from the University it may be more appropriate to contact Hallam Help initially or book an appointment with your Student Support Adviser.


In an emergency where you or someone else is at risk of harm - call 999 or go to Northern General Hospital / your nearest A&E (Accident & Emergency) department.

If you need urgent help but it is not a life-threatening emergency, call:

  • Your GP to request an emergency appointment
  • Out of hours, or if your GP is unavailable or you feel you cannot wait for an appointment, call 111 or Sheffield Mental Health Helpline: 0808 801 0440. There is also good guidance here
  • If you are staying in a hall of residence, they will usually have someone on hand 24 hours a day to provide support and guidance.

For wellbeing information and other useful contact details, see the University's Student Wellbeing website or our list of External Support Services

How to contact the Student Advice Service

Self-help - if you have a query, please check our online self-help resources for detailed, on-the-spot guidance about a range of student issues. This may be the quickest way for you to find your answer.

Initial advice / first contact - if you still have some questions, or your query isn't covered by our leaflets or webpages, please contact us for some initial advice.  There are lots of ways to do this, listed below, so please choose the method you prefer.  PLEASE NOTE: the Advice Service, the Students' Union, and the University are closed on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, reopening on Monday 6 June.

  • Email - you can contact us using the web form below, or by email at advicecentre@shu.ac.uk.  We aim to provide an initial response to your enquiry within 3 working days. However, during busy periods our response time may occasionally be slightly longer.
  • Telephone - 10am - 12pm, Monday - Wednesday and Friday on 0114 225 4148 
  • In person - Monday - Friday, 1pm - 4pm at the Student Advice Centre, first floor, The Hubs.  Please note, in person drop-ins are limited to 15 minutes maximum.
  • NEW! Video initial advice - you can book here for a 15-30 minute 'first contact' appointment for initial advice, using a secure video platform.  The platform is web-based, though if you use a mobile phone you may be asked to install an app.  When you book, it is helpful if you add a short comment telling us what your enquiry is about, so that we can see if it is urgent, e.g. if there may be a deadline involved.  However, please do not include very sensitive or confidential information in these notes; you will be able to tell us more when you speak with us.  If you need to contact us about your booking, please email us directly: advicecentre@shu.ac.uk.   

When you contact us for initial advice you may be asked to complete a form to enable us to open up a full case file for you. Please read the GDPR information below for details about how we keep a record of the advice we give you.  

After initial advice / first contact - we may send you further information by email, or it may be appropriate for us to book a longer telephone or video appointment to discuss your matter further (note, in person appointments are available on request). 

Please note that if we need to call you, the call may show up on your phone as being from an 'unknown' or 'withheld' number.

We are able to provide representation at some University meetings or hearings, subject to availability.

Please note: our opening times and contact methods may change as we go through the year, or at short notice - please check back here for the latest information.

Please tell us more about your enquiry by clicking 'Start'. Please ensure you type your email address correctly, as we will contact you using this and we will include a copy of your enquiry in our response. Please do not include very sensitive or confidential information on this form. If you need to include very sensitive or confidential information it is best to use our email address (above) or contact us by 'phone or in person.

Advice Centre Contact Us

Please tell us more about your enquiry by clicking 'Start'

This form can also be used to make a referral to us if you are an external agency.

Please note: In order to provide an effective service, the SHSU Student Advice Centre obtains and securely stores certain data relating to its service users. This information is kept on the basis of 'legitimate interest' under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR). Records are stored for 7 full academic years from the date of the last update, in line with Advice UK guidance. For more information about what data we store and why, and how we store, process and delete your data, as well as your rights under GDPR, please ask to see our policy.

Information relating to you and your enquiry is kept confidentially and securely within the SHSU Student Advice Service. Except in certain circumstances, for example, if we have reason to believe that you or someone else is at risk of harm, or if we are required to do so for legal reasons, we will not share information with anyone outside the service without your permission.

If you have any questions about our policies relating to confidentiality or data protection, please contact us about this before sending your enquiry.

Other advice and support providers

The Student Advice Centre and the University have put together a list of other providers of advice and support for students. The providers included in the list below cover a range of different issues and may be useful either for times when the Student Advice Centre or University services are closed, or if you need specialist support for an issue that may not be covered by the Student Advice Centre or the University.

View our external provider list