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    Welcome to Sheffield Hallam University

    Sheffield Hallam University has its roots as a school of design, long being one of the country's best places to study art and design.

    In the late 1960s it joined forces with Sheffield's College of Technology to offer a wide spectrum of courses, and now it teaches subjects in business, health, society, engineering and the arts.

    Spread over two campuses: one in the city centre, and another just outside in Broomhall, the university has over 30,000 students in attendance, making it one of the biggest university populations in the UK. You won't have any difficulty in making some new pals here!

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    Courses and fees

    The courses on offer at Sheffield Hallam University are varied, and range from undergraduate bachelor degrees to postgraduate masters and research degrees. Most will also incorporate a year working abroad into the course too.

    The university uses the UCAS points system to assess applicants, with most courses requiring an average of 300 points, though individual courses vary.


    There are four departments at Sheffield Hallam University: Sheffield Business School, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Development and Society, and the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

    The faculty of Development and Society is the largest, with around 12,000 students studying courses in subjects such as law, humanities, psychology, education and politics.

    The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing mainly offers courses in biosciences and sports, though also has courses in nursing, midwifery and other medical qualifications.

    The unusual faculty of arts, computing, engineering and sciences brings together the rest of the courses on offer at Sheffield Hallam including media, arts, journalism and courses in computing and engineering.


    Four of the subjects on offer at Sheffield Hallam University rank in the top 10 in the Complete University Guide 2014. Complementary Medicine ranks fourth, librarianship seventh, land and property management eighth, and hospitality and leisure tenth.

    International offerings

    Studying abroad forms part of some courses including Tourism Management courses. There are also a number of exchange programmes on offer for students who want to study abroad, or study at Sheffield for a semester or two as part of their studies.

    Tuition fees

    For undergraduate courses starting in 2014 the tuition fees for UK/EU students are £9,000. International students will pay between £10,680 and £11,880 per year.

    Postgraduate fees are dependant on the type of course you want to take, so check out the website before applying.


    Sheffield Hallam University is in a state of constant upgrades, redevelopments and additions to the campus. Around £110 million has been spent on upgrading learning and teaching facilities as well as the addition of new health, wellbeing, engineering and IT buildings. In addition to this, a new £27 million teaching and learning complex is due to be completed in late 2014.


    An ideal location, the university is situated right next door to Sheffield train station and shares the city centre with the University of Sheffield, which makes this a great place for student nightlife as many pubs and clubs compete for your attendance. The university is also next to the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield's museum and art gallery.

    Library and study facilities

    There are two libraries and learning centres which combine traditional library study and IT facilities. The libraries are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day during term time: ideal for studying in your own time!


    There are over 1,600 computer stations in the library, plus another 2,000 dotted around the campus. Wi-fi access is available throughout the campus, plus you can borrow a laptop. You can access the university's online learning environment anywhere in the world.

    Careers service

    The employment advisers at Sheffield Hallam University can help you build a CV, find relevant work experience and help you find a job in the days leading up to and after your graduation. They also advertise around 3,000 jobs a year, run recruitment fairs and also hold skills sessions to learn from industry experts.


    There are cafes and restaurants on-campus, plus the university is surrounded by shopping centres, cinemas, theatres and independent pubs, bars and eateries; it's not difficult to find everything you need in town.

    Student Union

    Based at the HUBS, the Students' Union has a shop, cafe, bar and nightclub, plus it organises a range of clubs and societies to get involved in. In addition to this, it also runs a student advice centre, volunteering team and has access to activities spaces.


    There's a fitness suite and sports hall at City Campus, plus a gym, movement studio and strength and conditioning suite at the Collegiate Campus. There's also a sports park which hosts BUCS league matches, of which Sheffield Hallam ranked 24th in the league in the 2012-13 season.

    Medical and Welfare Services

    There's a student service centre at all of the campuses which is open five days a week and can give you advice on settling into the university, and offers specialist guidance and advice for international students.

    Financial aid

    Sheffield Hallam University offers a number of scholarships and bursaries, including a £500 bursary for those on a low income, and the National Scholarship Programme.


    Sheffield Hallam University offers lots of accommodation spread across the city centre. From halls of residence to private flats or home stays you can easily find something to suit your living style and your budget. There are four main types of accommodation on offer: university managed halls, university partnership residences, private sector housing and home stays.

    University managed residences

    There are two halls which are run by the university: Bramall Court and Charlotte Court. Bramall Court offers modern purpose build accommodation and is based in Highfield, convenient for both of the campuses. Rooms are mostly en suite, with a handful of rooms offering double beds too. Prices ranged from £3,891 to £4,299 for 43 weeks in the 2013/14 year.

    Arranged into flats of six, each room at Charlotte Court is an en suite room with communal facilities. Based in Highfield, accommodation cost between £4,084 and £4,359 for the year in 2013/14.

    University partnership residences

    There are nearly 30 partnership residences on offer, ranging in price from £75 to £117 per week. Stay in modern flats like The Pinnacles, city-based flats like Challenge Works, or suburban halls like Norfolk Gardens.

    Private sector housing and home stays

    As the university wants to provide every student with somewhere to live, they work with a number of private sector landlords to give you the option to live in accommodation not managed by the institution. They have a Snug scheme which ensures each private home is inspected by Sheffield City Council and complies by strict rules to ensure you have a safe and pleasant stay.

    For something a little different there is also the option for a home stay where you'll lodge in a home with a family as their tenant. This is usually a cheaper option, and it provides you with a more homely place to live instead of student halls.

    Open days

    Coming to Sheffield Hallam University on an open day visit is an ideal way to work out whether its the right university for you. You'll be spending a few years studying so you'll want to make sure it's got the right facilities and vibe for you.

    In addition to open days, there are also a number of student-led courses, course information days and virtual tours which take place if you can't attend an open. day. Find out about it on the university's website.

    Term Dates

    The university year is divided up into two semesters, with an exam period at the end of the year. The 2014/15 dates were as follows:

    • Semester 1: 22 September - 20 December 2014 Semester 2: 5 January - 2 May 2015
    • Exam period: 5 - 22 May 2015