The complete guide for international students 2024

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Hi! I'm Emmanuel, your International Students' Officer at Hallam Students' Union. At Hallam SU, we make the good times better, open up life-changing opportunities, fight for your rights, and support you if things go wrong.

To help you settle in to life in Sheffield, I've pulled together all the resources and information you'll need for your time at Hallam.

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Where to find us

Your Students' Union is located at the HUBS building, near to the train station.

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You must enrol before starting your course. Enrolment is online, so you can access it before arriving in the UK. However to become fully enrolled, there are further tasks you must complete after you have arrived in the UK, so you must allow time for this before the start date of your course.

Enrolment guidance

Biometric residence permit (BRP) collection

If you used the University ACL code in your visa application, you will need to collect your BRP from the University.

BRP guidance

International orientation

International orientation will begin on campus on 15 and 16 January, with a schedule of in-person sessions over 2 days.

International orientation guidance

Campus tours

Guided campus tours will give you a preview of some of the University's buildings.

Book a campus tour

Banking and finance

It's important to open a bank account after your arrival in the UK. You can choose to bank with an online provider - look at online comparison websites to find the best one - or those that provide an in-person service such as Lloyds Bank.

Guidance on opening a bank account

International Emergency Fund

As an international student, you may be eligible to receive a one-off payment if you are experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties.

International Emergency Fund


Once you're in the UK, you'll need to register with a doctor.

Guidance on healthcare and vaccinations

Academic support

Once you enrol, you have access to a wide range of services and resources to support your academic study and employability skills development.

Access study support

Access the Library

Housing support

Student Ella shares some important recommendations to consider when looking for student housing or accommodation.


Meet mates for life through one of our societies. With over 100 to choose from, you're sure to find one that suits your hobbies or interests.

Explore societies

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct is a serious matter and has the potential to result in several sanctions which could impact on your ability to progress academically.

Find out about academic misconduct

Student help and support

Hallam Help

Hallam Help is your number one go to for all your questions and support you will need at University. Go to Hallam Help for useful and proper signposting to get help or support from anyone in the University.

0114 225 2222


0114 225 4512

Disability support

0114 225 3964


0114 478 1478


0114 225 2478

IT help

0114 225 3333 (option 2)

Student Advice Centre

Our Student Advice Centre offers free, confidential, and independent advice to all Hallam students on topics including funding, housing, and academic ;issues.

Part-time jobs and voluntary work

National Insurance

You need a National Insurance (NI) number to work in a part-time or full-time job.

Apply for an NI number

Share code

A share code is a personal identifier that proves your immigration status.

Guidance on proving immigration status


Handshake is to democratise access to opportunity: to help every student find the right job, no matter where they're from or who they know.

Find jobs on Handshake


Volunteer with us, build your CV, gain new skills, and meet new people.

View volunteering opportunities


Getting in and out of Sheffield is a convenient process, with easy access to trains, buses, and trams.

Navigate via train

Navigate via bus

Navigate via tram

Groceries and consumables

Moor Market

No matter where you are from, get indoors farmers with organic food products at the Moor market.

Directions to Moor Market

Sheffield City Centre

Centred on pedestrianised Fargate, Sheffield City Centre is a busy district filled with big-brand stores and trendy boutiques. Hip coffee shops sit alongside independent and chain restaurants serving modern Asian and American food, while cosy historic pubs pour craft beers.

Directions to Sheffield City Centre