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What is Residence Life and how will it benefit you?

For some, moving in to university accommodation can be a daunting experience. For many students, it is the first time they are moving away from home and it can be a bit scary!  But don’t worry, The Residence Life team are here to support you whilst you’re living with us.

But what is Residence Life and what do we do?

Residence Life has two parts;  Support & Conduct and Engagement & Development, both teams are here to help you with every aspect of your residential experience.

There are two main ways in which Residence Life supports students…

Support & Conduct
We have Residence Life Mentors, who are experienced students living in the residences. They are on hand to provide support through regular flat visits and daily drop-ins . They are here to help with any problem big or small, whether it is relating to welfare support or misconduct. They report everything back to Residence Life staff so there will always be a staff member on hand to deal with serious incidents.

Engagement & Development
We believe that University accommodation is not just a place to live but it’s an experience to have, a community to feel part of and a space for personal development. With this in mind, we have an exciting programme of activities you can get involved in throughout the year. Not only do we offer events in the residences exclusive to you but we also work in partnership with Sport Sheffield and the Students’ Union to broaden our offerings and provide you with free and discounted sports sessions, day trips and more!

When you move in, you’ll make a one-off community contribution, this is your investment into the programme and, in return, you’ll be given a key fob, which will provide you with access to all of the following…

  • Access to FREE events and activities throughout the year!  Each semester there will be a programme of fun, social events that encourage students to make friends and really feel part of the community.  Check out the Semester 1 Programme in your Digin-Box (Ranmoor / Endcliffe) or Welcome Pack (Allen Court).
  • FREE Social Sport - a programme of over 40 weekly sports sessions and fitness classes, most of which are absolutely free or charged at a nominal rate.
  • Discounted Give it a Go sessions - a programme of activities run by the Students’ Union, including day trips, language courses, society-led beginner classes and more!
  • Developmental opportunities which include life skill sessions, information and awareness campaigns and guest lectures.
  • FREE activities run by your Residence Life Mentors and Activity Reps.

Residence Life Mentors run smaller-scale activities to facilitate community-building within blocks or small areas. Activity Reps are recruited from our current cohort of students, they volunteer to put on their own smaller-scale activities. We are opening Activity Rep recruitment soon so check out the Res Life Newsletter to get updates on how to apply!!

Check out some of our previous events or keep up to date with us on our social media channels:

And you can always meet the team and find out a bit more about what we do here.

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