Self-guided campus tours

Take a tour of the campus at your own pace.


If you'd prefer to tour the campus on your own, you can use our self-guided tour leaflet. On open days, copies of this leaflet are available to collect from our general information stand in the central exhibition, and from our information hubs around campus.

To navigate your way around campus you can use our .

To find out more about our buildings and facilities you can listen to our campus tour podcast, which is linked in the drop-down menu below. 

Take the Tour

Exterior shot of the walkway between Jessop West and West Street

Listen to our graduate tour guides as they show you around the campus on your self-guided tour.

The Students' Union

Have a look around the No 1 Students' Union in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017) where there is plenty of space to socialise, eat and study.

The Octagon Centre

This multi-purpose venue is an internationally-recognised conference centre and music venue, as well as being used for lectures and graduation ceremonies.

Firth Court

Firth Court was opened in 1905 by Kind Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and is currently home to the School of Biosciences.

Dainton building, Richard Roberts building and the University Arms
Exterior view of the Dainton building, shown from above

The Dainton and Richard Roberts Building are home to the Faculty of Science. The East wing was renamed Richard Roberts after our Nobel Prize winning Alumnus. Across the road from the building is the University Arms, a real-ale pub for University staff, students and visitors alike. It serves hearty meals and has a great beer garden.  

Western Bank Library and the Arts Tower

Western Bank Library and the Arts Tower are both Grade II listed buildings. Western Bank contains 1.2 million texts and has 730 study spaces and backs onto Weston Park, making it a relaxed and tranquil place to study. The Arts Tower was opened in 1966 by the Queen Mother and is mainly an administration block although the School of Architecture still occupies the top floors. 

Departments of Law and Geography

Bartolom茅 House is home to our School of Law and the Geography building is home to the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies and Planning, although most teaching for the Department of Geography takes place in other buildings across campus.

Sport 水宜坊

Sport 水宜坊 is housed in Goodwin and is where you can get involved in club sport, BUCS league and campus league.

The Wave
Design image of the new social sciences building

This new four-storey building provides interdisciplinary teaching facilities for a range of Social Science subjects, as well as around 500 study spaces open to all students. 

The Management School

The Management building contains new, collaborative working spaces and lecture theatres used by multiple disciplines. The school is a Triple Crown accredited business school and works with some of the worlds biggest organisations such as O2 and Satander.

Endcliffe and Ranmoor accommodation

Endcliffe and Ranmoor are where most of our first year students live and are a short walk into campus. Both accommodation sites offer a wide range of options, from standard to deluxe rooms, and are all self-catered.

The Medical School

Our Medical School is adjacent to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and is just 5 minutes away from the Students' Union and central campus. This is where you will receive a lot of your teaching if you're studying medicine, dentistry or any other health related courses.

The Alfred Denny Building

The Alfred Denny Building is home to our School of Biosciences. It鈥檚 also home to the Alfred Denny Museum, which contains specimens of animals from across the globe and letters from Charles Darwin written to Henry Denny (Alfred Denny鈥檚 father). 

The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service

The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service provide support to students who have an impairment or condition that can make it difficult to undertake study-related tasks.

The Hicks Building
Exterior view of the hicks building, a blue and red-brick building to the side of the dual carriageway

The Hicks building is home to the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The building is named after mathematician and physicist William Hicks - the first Vice Chancellor of the University.  

The Information Commons and Public Transport

The Information Commons is the University鈥檚 state of the art learning centre. It is a fully integrated learning environment combining both library and IT services, with approximately 120,000 in-demand texts, around 1,300 study spaces and over 500 PCs. 

Jessop West

Designed by well-known Berlin architect Sauerbauch Hutton this building provides office, meeting and seminar space for History, English and Modern Languages, as well as exhibition spaces for more general use.

Jessop Building, Soundhouse and the University Health Centre

Previously the Victoria Wing of 水宜坊's Jessop Maternity Hospital, the University has been careful to retain the look and feel of this building which is intrinsically linked with the city. It now houses offices and practise/teaching rooms for the Department of Music.

The Diamond

This 拢81 million building 鈥 our largest ever investment in teaching and learning 鈥 has created a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching. As well as containing specialist Engineering facilities the building houses a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and social spaces available to all students.

City Accommodation

Our two main city accommodation sites are Allen Court and Broad Lane Court, both are conveniently located to our campus and to the city centre. 

St George's Church

St George鈥檚 was built in 1821. It was purchased and converted into a lecture theatre by the University in 1994, following its closure several years earlier. It also provides accommodation for some students on the upper level. 

Sir Frederick Mappin Building and The Engineering Heartspace

Mappin Street houses the Frederick Mappin Building, a grade II listed building is named after Sir Frederick Mappin, who was one of the key instigators in the creation of the University. It now houses the Faculty of Engineering along with the Sir Henry Stephenson and Sir Robert Hatfield Buildings.

Mappin Street and the City

Among other buildings, Mappin Street is also home to the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, a building that houses state-of-the-art broadcast studios, multimedia newsrooms, breakout spaces, bright new offices, and a  common room.


Getting here

For more information about getting here, park and ride and places to stay, see our information for visitors pages.

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