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Welcome week in Sheffield

There has been not such a subtle change to Freshers week this year, though we do still have a welcome week. Many students returning to University this September have a more subdued first week. For two years and onwards this is bad, for early years, this is a tragedy. Here is what’s on and how we can make the best of it.


Take advantage of a quieter time to get orientation guides from other students. Walking tours of Sheffield are on offer and getting yourself settled into the city will give you a head start for when things liven up later.


Many of the parties of Freshers week have Flexi date tickets and easy money back deals if there are cancellations, but be sure to read the small print. The Freshers Skool Disco seems to be a good example of this. It is worth following this Facebook page for the latest on this party. The official Sheffield Hallam Fresher Party is at the time of writing still going ahead.

Meeting others

Meeting up and getting to know each other is important when you are new to the city, so can I suggest getting along to one of the Society meet-ups? For Sheffield Hallam, the link is here and for Sheffield Uni starts here. If you can’t see one perfect for you, why not create one?

Watch Parties

With our flat-screen TVs in every apartment, you could arrange a watch party on Netflix or Facebook. Basically, you hook-up with your fellow students and watch the same program at the same time, and you can LOL on the funny bits and cry and virtual hug through the sadder parts. Or meet-up at Cineworld and have a socially distant Classic Movie.


Even with our dodgy climate at the moment, that are a few breaks in the skies, and glorious sunshine does bathe our outdoor spaces. Our apartments have BBQ areas, and we have been known to turn up with a crate of beers or a couple of bottles on occasion. You can invite your bubbled flatmates or social distance with a few select students.

Virtual escape and other escapades!

Whilst the traditional large parties and gatherings ore out, Sheffield escape rooms are open for business. Alongside Axe throwing to bring out your inner Viking and the national video gaming museum to test your thumb reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Delayed Freshers

There are plans afoot to have delayed Freshers when this nasty bug has been squashed a bit more. Though why not put on your inventive heads and plan some socially distance new games?