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Page 1: Digs Magazine: October 2009

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YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR MAGAZ INE

DIGS GOES ECO! THE GREEN ISSUE

How to do your bitWater Amnesty

Full Community listings inside

Reduce ReuseRecycle!

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The green issueWelcome to University accommodation and to this environmentally themed issue of Digs!

Intro Weekend was a big success and we’ve had great feedback about the welcome you received when you arrived – check out p.8 and see if you can spot yourself on our Intro Pinboard! We hope that for most of you, your University accommodation experience so far has been a positive one, but don’t worry if not. Our Resident Support team are here to help and offer some useful advice about settling in on p.7.

We wanted this issue of Digs to focus on what we can all do to reduce our impact on the environment. There are lots of exciting initiatives and campaigns planned throughout the year to help us save energy, and some great incentives for you to get involved! Find out more on p.4-6. ACS and the Union are working together to improve our green credentials – check out President Paul Tobin’s article about becoming an Eco-Power Ranger on p.6!

As always, if you have any comments about Digs – let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Enjoy!

The Digs team

Digs magazine is published by ACS for the Student Communities.Digs MagazineAccommodation and Campus ServicesThe University of Sheffield301 Glossop RoadSheffield S10 2HLDesign: Rob Ellerington ([email protected])

Cover photo: Tom Walker

Digs is printed on recycled paper

Advertising enquiries:Tel: 0114 222 8956Email: [email protected]

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Digs ContentsIssue #2 - Oct 09

Page 2 - Welcome & get involved- Useful contacts- Staying up? Keep it down

Page 3 - Your Accommodation- Student crime reduction week- Cleaning inspections- TV licensing- Bar jobs

Page 4-6 - Energy & environment- Bring It Don’t Bin It- Recycling facilities- Student Switch Off- Water Amnesty- Eco-Power Rangers

Page 7 - Resident Support

Page 8 - Your bit!

Pages 9-11 - Student Communities- CDC elections (p.9)- Come Dine With Me (p.10)- CDC residential training (p.10)- Block hoodies (p.10)- Give it a Little Go (p.11)- School Sports Day (p.11)- Block Freps (p.11)

Page 12 - Event highlights

Pages 13-15 - What’s On- Endcliffe (p.13)- Ranmoor (p.14)- Tapton & City (p.15)

By ‘eck, Listen to this!

ACS Customer ServicesGeneral advice and information about your accommodationCall: 0114 222 8800Email: [email protected]

Accommodation OfficeAdvice and information about your contract, room changes and accommodation options for future yearsCall: 0114 222 4488Email: [email protected]

ACS Maintenance HelpdeskReport a maintenance problem in your accommodation at your Customer Services reception or -Call: 0114 222 8801Email: [email protected]

24/7 Security ServicesIn case of emergencyCall: 0114 222 4444

For general security advice and information:

City and Central CampusCall: 0114 222 4085Email: [email protected]

The Student Villages and Tapton HallCall: 0114 222 4075Email: [email protected]

For more information about our Security Services, visit: www.shef.ac.uk/security

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Say NO to noisy neighbours!You’re a part of your student and local community, so it’s really important that you keep noise to a minimum both in the residences and when you’re out and about - especially at night.

Remember, noise works both ways. You don’t want to be kept up late when you’ve got an exam or coursework deadline approaching. Be considerate to those around you when you’re staying up and they'll be considerate to you!

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YOURACCOMMODATION

SMART WATER

Burglars beware – SmartWater about to make a splash in the residences!

Not heard of SmartWater yet? Well, it’s being used to help you in the fight against crime.

SmartWater is an invisible property marking system with a unique DNA style code. When used, any recovered stolen property can be traced back to the exact place from where it was stolen and returned to its rightful owner. Plus, offenders can be easily linked back to the crime scene, which has resulted in a 100% conviction rate across the country.

With Sheffield Safer Communities Partnership, ACS has secured funding to provide 250 students with SmartWater Kits during Student Crime Reduction Week. Richard Yates, ACS Security Services Manager, says, “We’re pleased to be able to provide our residents with free SmartWater Kits and hope that their use will assist in reducing crime against students in Sheffield.”

Come along to The Edge Hub on Monday 26 October and Chee Dale at The Ridge on Tuesday 27 October, 3.30-6.30pm to get your free kit.

LIKE IT? LOCK IT, KEEP IT!

Sheffield is one of the safest cities in the UK, but students can often be targets of crime. Your safety is our top priority and Security Services are working in partnership with local police to ensure this. It’s also important that you are vigilant and do everything you can to protect yourself and your property – especially desirable items such as laptops, mobile phones and iPods.

Always make sure external doors shut behind you and are locked – and don’t allow people to ‘tail-gate’ in.

Make sure you lock your door, even if you’re only out for a short time.

Close and lock windows when you leave a room and before you leave your accommodation.

Disguise your laptop by carrying it in an alternative to a laptop bag and always back up your work.

Be one of 250 students to get hold of a free SmartWater Kit at the Villages during Student Crime Reduction Week.

Register your mobile phone and other belongings at www.immobilise.com

Ok, so cleaning probably isn’t your favourite pastime, but it’s really important that your accommodation is kept clean and tidy.

We’ll be carrying out cleaning inspections in every property throughout November and December to check the cleanliness of your bedroom, bathroom and communal areas.

The cleaning team will contact you beforehand to let you know when they’ll be coming and give you time to ensure that everything is up to standard. If it isn’t, you’ll have a week to put it right before the team return!

Cleaninginspections

1Check out the Welcome Booklet in your kitchen – it contains loads of useful information about your accommodation, including cleaning advice.

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Many hands make light work! Your

Residential Mentor can help you draw

up a flat rota for cleaning, tidying

and taking out the bins.

No-one wants a mouldy shower curtain, so take it down and wash it regularly!

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Students can often be the targets of crime. Your safety is our top priority.

Bar jobsDo you want to be behind bars?! Jobs are now available in ACS bars! We’re looking for experienced, vivacious students who can pull the perfect pint and indulge in some lively banter with our customers.

Send your CV (try to make yourself stand out!) to bars manager, Stefan Lowrie: [email protected]

TV licensingWe’re not ashamed to admit that we like a bit of Hollyoaks on a Sunday, and we love being able to catch up on all our

favourite programmes online using our computers.

But, no matter how good the programme, it’s not worth risking a fine and a court hearing if you don’t have a TV Licence!

Enforcement Officers are out and about checking for TV Licences, so make sure you’re covered. To find out more about TV Licensing and to buy online visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/students?

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Looking at our energy and water consumption is a great way to reduce our impact on the environment, but that’s just a small part of what we can each do. As cheaper and cheaper clothing becomes more readily available and our appetite for the latest gadgets increases, so too does the amount of waste we produce.

BRING IT, DON’T BIN IT

Last year, we launched the ‘bring it, don’t bin it’ campaign which aimed to get residents thinking differently about themselves as consumers and the way they recycle by encouraging them to donate unwanted items when moving out. The campaign was a big success with just under four tons of donations being collected, including clothing, crockery, bedding and unopened toiletries.

These were donated to local homeless charity, Emmaus Sheffield who gave the items to homeless people moving into their own accommodation, and used the rest to raise over £1,700.

We’ll be looking to you to beat last year’s residents and collect even more donations at the end of each semester! We’ll also be organising Student Swap Shops in December where you can bring along things you no longer want or need and swap them with your fellow residents for something you do!

RECYCLING FACILITIES IN THE RESIDENCES

We want to make it is as easy as possible for you to

recycle, that’s why there are paper, plastic and tin

recycling bins in every kitchen. There are

also recycling points (including glass) in each Community – The Ranmoor Village bins are on their way soon!

STUDENT SWITCH OFF

ACS is committed to environmental issues and is working in partnership with the Union on the national Student Switch Off campaign. All we need now is for you to get involved too! Check out Union President, Paul Tobin’s article on p.6 for details of how you can become an Eco-Power Ranger and really start making a difference.

In the residences, there’ll be block competitions throughout the year to see which blocks are best at reducing their energy consumption and some great prizes for winning residents will be up for grabs. ACS staff are doing their bit too and will be measuring the amount of energy and water they can save in The Edge!

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Make a real difference to your environmentReduce, reuse, recycle!

ACS is passionate about doing our bit to help save the environment. That’s why we’re aiming to reduce our energy consumption by 11% this year.

SWITCH Off. TURN Off.

TURN DOWN.Switch off your lights.

Turn off your taps.Turn down your heating.

Simples!

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Now that you’ve had time to settle into your new home, think about your typical day’s relationship with water. Maybe you have a shower in the morning, make a cup of tea, grab a bottle of water at lunch, boil your pasta for tea and round off the day with a nice long soak in the bath.

In the UK, we are lucky enough not to have to dwell on the consequences of our water consumption. Others around the world don’t have that luxury.

Over 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water and a staggering 5,000 children die every single day simply because they don’t have enough clean water to drink.

In the UK, we waste millions of litres of water in our homes every year. Unless we take action now, increased water demand means that the UK could face a big problem in the future.

Water Amnesty is running throughout October to highlight the importance of saving water. Just making small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference and we have loads of tips to help you – not just for this month, but hopefully for life. You can also track your water usage by using our Water Diary. Get involved and try out our tips!

Find out more about Water Amnesty and track your water usage by downloading a Water Diary at: www.shef.ac.uk/water-amnesty

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ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Water top tips 1. Use a lid on your saucepans: the water will boil faster so your delicious dinner will be ready quicker!

2. When doing laundry, make sure you fill it up each time.

3. Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, wash your hands or shave – this can waste up to 5 litres of water per minute.

4. Put cotton wool and tissues in a waste bin rather than flushing down the toilet.

5. Keep an eye on the time you spend in the shower and aim to be no longer than five minutes.

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ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Hello! I hope that you’re enjoying this environmentally themed edition of Digs – as the Union Officer responsible for being green, it really is an exciting time to be a student in the residences.

Because your electricity and gas is included in your rent, it’s easy to get into the habit of using as much as possible without thinking of the environmental consequences.

It doesn’t take much to make a massive difference – just turning off the lights at night and using lids when cooking will have a huge impact. ACS will be measuring which blocks save the most throughout the year and we’re looking for as many students as possible in the residences to become Eco-Power Rangers!

Basically, we want you guys to lead the way on saving energy and doing you’re bit for the environment.

There are loads of great incentives available for becoming an Eco-Power Ranger including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, tickets to Union club nights, NUS Extra Cards and energy-saving gadgets.

Plus, in November, one lucky student will win a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream party for themselves and 40 of their friends! On top of all this, the winning residence will receive a celebratory end-of-year party.

This green scheme will be loads of fun and getting involved will be a great way to meet the other people in your block. We also want you guys to take pictures of each other being green to have a

chance of winning even more prizes.To become an Eco-Power Ranger, e-mail: [email protected] or grab me, Tall Paul, the next time you’re down the Union. It’s your planet and it’s time to get involved!

Paul TobinUnion President

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Residential Mentors We’ve all been first years so we know how daunting starting Uni can be

What’s your name?Jezz Meharg

Where do you live and which blocks do you cover?I live in the brand spanking new Ranmoor Village and look after Wimberry D6 – E6.

How are you finding living in The Ranmoor Village? Loving it! I like the size of the Village - it’s not too big which means you see lots of the same faces around and get to know people better. But it’s not too small because there’s always someone new to talk to!

Tell us a bit about yourself – what are your hobbies and interests? My passions are windsurfing, sailing and snowboarding, but I also love climbing, wakeboarding, golf and the mighty Aston Villa! I’m always open to new activities and

adventures, and for this reason I love travelling, going somewhere miles away and not having the faintest idea what it’s going to be like and

what I’ll be doing when I get there. I also love socialising and meeting new people.

Tell us a secret!I once woke up in the Arts Tower at 11 o’clock on a Saturday morning after a night out…

Moving swiftly on…!What made you decide to become a Residential Mentor?I was looking for a job and an apartment at the same time, and this ticked all the boxes. The best thing is, I get paid to do what I love i.e. spend time talking to people! GIFT!!!

Any advice for residents who haven’t settled in yet?Don’t worry, these things can take time. Just try to make the most of every opportunity given to you, join in as many activities as possible and don’t be afraid to give something new a bash!

RESIDENT SUPPORT

The Resident Support team are here to help you settle in, look after your wellbeing and support you with any welfare, accommodation, academic or personal issues you may be having.

We’ve all been first years so we know how daunting starting Uni can be. Most of us are still students and we all live in the residences, so are a part of the Community too.

We’re on duty between 6pm and 12am every evening during term and are on call between 12am and 6am if you need us. We’ll be out and about around the accommodation from 7pm or you can come and see us between 6pm and 7pm at The Ridge, Tapton and Opal Two receptions and at The Edge Hub.

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SETTLING IN…Moving away from home, getting used to a new city and embarking on University life can sometimes be a challenge.

We hope you’re having a brilliant time but not everyone will settle in straight away – we know, because we’ve all been freshers too. Based upon our own experiences, here are some top tips for settling in!

• Sheffield is an amazing place to live so check out the local shops, visit one of the many parks and walk the route to your department to familiarise yourself

with the area.

• As well as your flatmates, there are lots of opportunities to meet other people in your Community, on your course and through the Union.

• If you’re feeling isolated, talk to your Residential Mentor. They

are here to support you and can introduce you to other students in your block.

• Avoid the temptation to go home every weekend and, instead, take advantage of all the events and activities that go on in the residences to keep you occupied. Check out the listings from p.13-15 for some inspiration!

• Don’t feel pressured into being a party animal if that’s not what you’re into – maintain your individuality.

• Go along to your flat/corridor meeting – they’re a great place to discuss those ‘little’ issues (“WHO THE %$@! USED THE LAST OF THE LOO ROLL!”) that can easily turn into BIG ISSUES.

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YOUR BIT!

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Relax and take the pressure off!

I really hope you’re all settling into your new homes and enjoying what University accommodation has to offer. ACS and the Union really want you to make the most of being a student by trying new things and meeting new people, but it’s easy to feel isolated if things aren’t going so well.

You are constantly told that university will be the best time of your life, so what happens if you aren’t having that

amazing time you anticipated? Well, you’ll probably be in the majority – we all have ups and downs and student life is no exception.

Leaving home is probably one of the biggest transitions in your life so far and I recently read that up to 70% of students feel homesick when they start university, so you are definitely not alone if you don’t find your feet straight away.

There is often a competitive nature to starting university. We all want to slot into our friendship groups as quickly as possible and no-one wants

to be the last person to find their niche, but please don’t be too hard on yourself if things take a little longer than you expected to settle down. If things aren’t going well, talk to someone – be it your flatmates, your Residential Mentor, the Student Advice Centre or Nightline.

As always, I have an open door policy, so if something’s up then get in touch. Email [email protected] or pop in to see me in the Union.

Jenni HastingsWelfare Officer

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COMMUNITIES

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Nominations open week five (Mon 26th October)

This is your chance to have a year in office on the Student Community Development Committee (CDC), organising your own programme of activities and events and leading your Student Community.

• Organise cracking events, projects and activities - with something for everyone, whatever your ideas.

• Be your Community contact - everyone will know who you are and that you’re responsible for all the fun happenings! • Influence, lead and motivate your Student Community.

• Get everyone involved and enjoying themselves.

• Meet new folk, make new mates and have a ball.

• Develop your skills and CV big time - stand out from the crowd and give yourself “the employee edge” by building up great experience from day one, and gaining brilliant references and certificates; your role also counts toward the Sheffield Graduate Award.

We need one Committee for each of the Student Communities: Endcliffe Village, Ranmoor Village, City and Tapton.

Are you up for it?!Your Student Community Development Committee Elections 2009/10

Roles Available :Chair - lead spokesperson for the CDC and oversees it all!

Vice-Chair/Secretary - supports the Chair, runs CDC socials and identifies campaigns to get involved in.

Sports Rep - organises and promotes Community sport including Block v Block and Community v Community tournaments, the HUGE May Day Olympics and general sporty involvement!

Activities Rep - runs a fun and diverse activities programme, including film night, cake night, games night and anything they think residents want!

Entertainments Rep (5 positions) - organises the Community entertainments programme and major events including Christmas, Valentines, St. Patrick’s and the end-of-year party - responsible for event content, decoration and promotion. Assists with regular ents programme including Wii nights, quizzes, karaoke.

Block Frep Coordinator - oversees and supports Block Freps: arranges regular meetings, feeds ideas and information from and to the CDC, helps the Freps organise activities / socials and bespoke Give it a Little Go activities; assists Freps in generating Block identity.

Marketing and Publicity Rep - responsible for all CDC marketing, including in Digs, posters, Facebook and other creative promotion methods; communicates with reps to ensure all activities are marketed effectively.

Volunteering and Charity Rep - engages residents in volunteering and charity fundraising: works with Sheffield Volunteering and RAG, identifies key opportunities for involvement and creatively promotes them.

For full role descriptions, visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/union/communities or e-mail: [email protected]

CDC Elections: key dates

WEEK 5 (Mon 26th Oct)

NOMINATIONS OPEN

Register as a candidate by filling

in and uploading your Nomination

Form, manifesto and photograph,

online at www.sheffield.ac.uk/

union/communities (or you can

pick up a paper version from the

Communities Office, Union, Level 2)

WEEK 6 (Fri 6th Nov)REGISTRATION DEADLINEYou must have registered as an elections candidate and submitted your form by this date

WEEK 7 (Mon 9th Nov)

CAMPAIGNING WEEKEvery candidate collects their

campaigning guide and has about

one week to encourage their Student Community to come along

and vote for them at the Big Open

Voting Meeting in Week Eight…Each candidate receives a £10

budget to get help promote themselves – so get creative!

WEEK 8VOTING, COUNT AND ELECTIONS PARTIES

Ranmoor Village: Monday 16th November, The Ridge, 8pmCity: Tuesday 17th November, University Arms, 7pmTapton: Wednesday 18th November, Tapton Bar 8pmEndcliffe Village: Thursday 19th November, The Edge, 8pm

Note to self - don’t forget!!

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Photo (top left): Tom Walker

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COMMUNITIES

Communities Come Dine with MeGet your flatmates together and get cooking!

Communities Come Dine with Me is your flat’s chance to have some fun with food, meet some of your fellow student neighbours and impress them with your culinary skills…plus if you turn out to be the next budding Gordon Ramsay, you and your flat mates could win a *very* swanky meal out!

TELL ME MORE…

1. Get your flatmates together (five or more) and tell us your names, flat number and what meal you’re going to cook. Just e-mail us at: [email protected]

2. We’ll put you in your very own Come Dine With Me group, made up of different flats in your Community

3. Each flat takes it in turns to visit and cook for the other

4. After each round, you all score each other out of 10 and send your scores in…

5. The scores will be counted and verified…the Communities will have voted…we will find out who truly is your Community Master Chef!

The only rule is that the meal has to cost under £5 per person!

For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

Want to pick up some top cooking tips??Come along and learn from expert chefs:

COOKING DEMOTuesday 10th November, 1pm, The Octagon, next to Students’ Union

Plus you’ll get to taste some of the scrumptious delights prepared right in front of your eyes.

Tickets available from Union Box Office.

Get your block hoodies now!Super discounted block hoodies exclusively for your Student Community!

To get yours just visit: www.kitlocker.com/shefuni and click on ‘Student Communities’.

The newly elected CDCs need to be available for the Residential Training Weekend, which takes place Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 November.

This is a fantastic all-expenses paid weekend away in the Peak District with training, socialising and team-building activities including abseiling and bell-boating challenges! You get to know your fellow Committee members and coordinators, plus you’ll get all the info needed for your year in office.

The training weekend includes one nights’ bunk-house accommodation at High Ash Farm in the Peaks with all meals and transport provided.

CDC residential training weekend

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th November

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COMMUNITIES

Sun 8th Nov, Sports Hall, Goodwin Sports Centre, 11am - 3pm (run by your Block Freps)Get your block team together, come down as an individual and we’ll place you in a team, or just come and support your Block. The points your Community build up count toward the all-important Community Olympics on Bank Holiday 03 May – it’s gonna’ be HUGE!

From Benchball and Rounders, to Volleyball and Assault Course, make sure you get involved and let us know what sports you’d like to see on at Sporty Sundays: just e-mail: [email protected]

Contact us...

You have two full-time members of staff - Lauren and Annie - here to make sure that you have the best time in your Student Community.

We always want to hear from you and hear your ideas on what you’d like to organise or see happening:

Call in and see us: Communities Office, Level 2, Students’ Union E-mail: [email protected]: 0114 222 8689 Website: www.sheffield.ac.uk/union/communities

Make sure you’ve joined your OFFICIAL Student Community Facebook groups – search for:

• Official Endcliffe Village Student Community 09/10• Official City Student Community 09/10• Official Tapton Student Community 09/10• Official Ranmoor Student Community 09/10

School Sports Day!Communities, ready? Goodwin, ready? It’s your first Sporty Sunday!

Ranmoor Village – every Tuesday evening, tickets available from The Ridge Reception.

Endcliffe Village – every Monday and Thursday evening, tickets available from The Edge Reception.

Don’t forget to check out the Give it a Little Go programme, full of taster activity sessions right on your doorstep…designed to let you try something new whilst meeting some like-minded new mates at the same time.

From African Drumming and Salsa to Mug Painting and Yoga… check out your Digs listings on p.13-14 for the full programme.

Block Freps represent the Block that they belong to (e.g. Howden B-Block). They are there to keep you in the know about what’s happening, what you can get involved in and pass on any ideas that you have for a social or trip to Lauren and Annie.

BLOCK FREPS: Let us know about any trips or socials you went on or are about to go on – send your pictures in and we can make you a Digs celebrity!

Would you like to be your Block Frep? E-mail:

[email protected]

Have you met your

Block Frep?

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PLUS: Don’t forget your free weekly social sports night – Fun-time Friday, 7-10pm, every Friday down at Goodwin.

Just bring along your Community Card to play squash, badminton, basketball, bouldering, archery and loads more…

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WHAT’S ON

Board Games & FREE Cake

All Communities27th October and every other

Tuesday, 7pm-9pm

Coffee Revolution, Students’

Union, level 3. Bring your

Community Card for free cake!

House Hunting Fair, 16 November, The Foundry, 11am - 3pmBefore you start thinking about where to live next year, it’s essential that you have all the information you need to make the right choices. Come along to get impartial advice and find out about your accommodation options.

Date for your diary!

Your Halloween Parties

31st October @ The Ridge in The

Ranmoor Village, The Edge in The

Endcliffe Village, Tapton Bar at

Tapton and Bar One in the City.

Fancy dress a must - best

costumes win prizes!

Come Dine With Me Cooking Demo10th November @ Octagon (next to Students’ Union), 1pm

Tickets £1.50 from Union Box Office

Ultimate Quiz NightEvery Sunday @ The Edge Bar, The Ridge Bar, Tapton Bar, Bar One, from 8pm

Win AMAZING prizes!

Sporty Sunday: School Sports Day

All CommunitiesSunday 8th NovemberSports Hall, Goodwin Sports Centre11am-3pm

Fun-time Friday Free Social

Sports EveningEvery Friday in term-time

Goodwin Sports Centre

7pm-10pm

Give it a Little Go: Ranmoor

Jai Ho Workshop

3rd November @ Dove Dale,

upstairs The Ridge, 7-8.30pm

Tickets in advance £1.50 from

Ridge Reception

Don’t miss... UNMISSABLE COMMUNITIES HIGHLIGHTS!

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Endcliffe Community Listings:

Mon 26th OctoberCDC election nominations open

Get your FREE SmartWater kit to protect your property against crime.The Edge Hub, 3.30-6.30pm

Thurs 29th OctoberThursday Night Live: Band NightThe Edge Bar, from 9pmTwo amazing live bands.

Sat 31st OctoberYour Massive Halloween PartyThe Edge and High Tor, 8pm-3amThe Endcliffe Halloween fancy dress party – all the usual fun and games with a spooky twist! Loads of giveaways, toffee apples and creepy green candy-floss. Tickets available from the 17th October, only £2.00 from The Edge Bar, including a free Halloween cocktail! Guaranteed to be a Thriller!

Thurs 5th November Sheffield Marrow Clinic High Tor, The Edge, 7-9pm Sign up to the National Bone Marrow register at this drop-in session. It only takes 15 minutes and you could save a life. For more information, visit www.marrow.union.shef.ac.uk

Fri 6th November CDC election nominations deadline

Sun 8th NovemberSporty Sunday: School Sports DayGoodwin Sports Centre, 11am-3pmGet a team together for these informal, fun tournaments or just come and support your Community team as Endcliffe, Tapton, Ranmoor and City Communities go head to head! PLUS, your post-match social in The Edge Bar afterwards…

Mon 9th NovemberCDC candidate campaigning begins

Tues 10th NovemberCome Dine With Me Cooking DemoOctagon (next to Students’ Union), 1pmTickets £1.50 from Union Box Office

Regular Activities and Events:

Live FootballLive football on The Edge big screen. Premiership, Champions League, FA Cup and International football. Ask at The Edge Bar and The Endcliffe Lounge for more details.

Every MondayEndcliffe Give it a Little GoTickets available from The Edge Hub (next to the Dining Room) *Note: fitness mats will be provided19th Oct - Fab Abs Fitness Class – 7-7.30pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1Concentrate on those fantastic abs in this session which focuses on technique and toning. Please wear suitable fitness clothing.

26th Oct – Yoga – 7-8.15pm, Middleton Room, Halifax, £1.50Improve your flexibility, posture and breathing. An excellent way to relax and de-stress. Please wear loose clothing.

2nd Nov – Street Dance – 7-8.30pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1.50Learn to dance the way they do in music videos! Street dance is vibrant, funky and full of attitude. Come and learn from our expert and you’ll be dancing all the way back home. Suitable for beginners.

9th Nov – Legs, Bums and Tums Fitness Class – 7-8pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1.50Focus on technique and toning rather than intensity; targeting your legs, bums and tums. Please wear clothing suitable for fitness.

Population pre-bar The Edge Bar, 8pm-1amStart your night off with Population DJs until 1am and buy your tickets for the Union’s Population at the bar.

Every other Monday Games Night (from 26th October)From 7pmWii, pool & darts in The Edge BarBoard Games in The Endcliffe Lounge

Every TuesdayYour Free Film Night The Endcliffe Village, 7pmCheck out your weekly “What’s On in My Community?” email to

find out which film is showing each week and the exact location. To tell us films you want to see, email: [email protected]

Live Act or Quiz NightThe Edge Bar, open from 5pm

Every other Tuesday (from 27th October)Board Games and Cake Coffee Revolution, Students’ Union, 7-9pmEnjoy FREE cake whilst playing all your favourite board games and having some old-school fun.

Every WednesdayRoar pre-barThe Edge Bar and The Endcliffe Lounge, from 8pm

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month (from 29th October)Postgraduate and Mature Student’s SocialInterval Café Bar – Students’ Union, from 8pm Come and relax, have a chat and enjoy a FREE hot drink. Every ThursdayEndcliffe Give it a Little GoTickets available from The Edge Hub (next to the Dining Room) 22nd Oct – Buddhist Meditation – 7-9pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1.50Buddhist Meditation techniques help to develop mindfulness, concentration, tranquillity and insight – this introductory session will show you the basics. Perfect for a relaxed Thursday evening.

29th Oct – Tarot Card Reading – 7-9pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1.50Perfect for Halloween, learn about the centuries old art of tarot card reading and find out their use in self-discovery, instinct and psychic awareness. You’ll also get a mini tarot reading from our expert and learn how to interpret the cards so you can perform your own readings.

5th Nov – Mug Painting – 7-9pm, High Tor 3, The Edge, £3Spruce up your tea break with a brand new mug of your own design! Our experts will show you the basics of pottery painting using special paints, stencils, tools and stamps. A brilliantly crafty evening at a superduper discounted rate - usually £10!

12th Nov – Mamma Mia 70s Dance Workshop – 7-9pm, High Tor 5, The Edge, £1.50If you like Abba, the 70s or cheesy disco, then this one’s for you! We've picked out some of the best moves from the film and put them together with 70s choreography to your very own 70s disco! Suitable for beginners.

Thursday Night Live!The Edge Bar, open from 5pmLive bands, open mic nights, acoustic music and open decks. Check for more details at the bar.

Every FridayFun-time FridayGoodwin Sports Centre, 7-10pmWind down for the weekend and come and play a range of fun sports including basketball, badminton, squash and bouldering plus taster sessions in archery, table tennis and volleyball. All for FREE…just bring along your Community Card.

Space pre-barThe Edge Bar and The Endcliffe Lounge, from 8pm

Every other SaturdayEdge Factor/community bar eventKaraoke: 24 October and 9 November, from 8pm

Saturday 31st OctoberThe Edge Bar Your massive Halloween Party!

Every SundayUltimate Quiz Night Quiz starts 8.30pm

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Ranmoor Community Listings:

Mon 26th OctoberCDC election nominations open

Get your FREE SmartWater kit to protect your property against crime.The Ridge, Chee Dale, 3.30-6.30pm

Fri 31st October Halloween Party The Ridge, 8pm-12amFancy dress party in the bar with a prize for the best costume! Loads of games, freebie masks and great promos. Guaranteed to be a Thriller!!!

Thurs 5th NovSheffield Marrow High Tor, The Edge, 7-9pmSign up to the National Bone Marrow register at this drop-in session. It only takes 15 minutes and you could save a life. For more information, visit www.marrow.union.shef.ac.uk

Fri 6th NovemberCDC election nominations deadline

Sun 8th NovemberSporty Sunday: School Sports DayGoodwin Sports Centre, 11am-3pmGet a team together for these informal, fun tournaments or just come and support your Community team as Endcliffe, Tapton, Ranmoor and City Communities go head to head! PLUS, your post-match social in the Ridge Bar afterwards…

Tues 10th NovemberCome Dine With Me Cooking DemoOctagon (next to Students’ Union), 1pmTickets £1.50 from Union Box Office

Regular Activities and Events:

Every MondayFree film nightThe Ridge, 7pmCheck out your weekly “What’s On in My Community?” email to find out which film is showing each week. To tell us films you want to see, email [email protected]

Curry nightThe RidgeEnjoy a curry and a pint at this themed curry night!

Population pre-barThe Ridge Bar, open from 5pmBuy your tickets from the bar for the Union’s Population whilst starting off the night with Population DJs.

Every TuesdayRanmoor Give it a Little Go *NB Fitness mats will be provided

20th Oct, Mug Painting, 7-9pm, Monsal Dale, The Ridge, £3Spruce up your tea break with a brand new mug of your own design. Our experts will show you the basics of pottery

painting using special paints, stencils, tools and stamps. A brilliantly crafty evening at a super duper discounted rate - usually £10!

27th Oct, Fab Abs fitness class, 7-7.30pm, Dove Dale, The Ridge, £1Concentrate on those fantastic abs of yours in this session which focuses on technique and toning. Fitness Mats will be provided. Please wear suitable clothing.

3rd Nov, Jai Ho Dance Workshop, 7-8.30pm, Dove Dale, The Ridge, £1.50Can’t stop dancing to the tunes of Slumdog Millionaire? Learn the Bollywood-style dance routine from the biggest film of the year. Suitable for beginners.

10th Nov, Fencing, 7-9pm, Dove Dale, The Ridge, £2This beginners’ session will introduce you to foil fencing. You will be taught basic footwork and attack moves by an experienced coach. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary.

Every other Tuesday (from 27th October)Board Games and Cake Coffee Revolution, Students’ Union, 7-9pmEnjoy a FREE cake whilst playing all your favourite board games and having some old school fun.

Every WednesdayRoar Pre-barThe Ridge Bar, 8pm-12am

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month (from 29th October)Postgraduate and Mature Student’s SocialInterval Café Bar – Students’ Union, from 8pm Come and relax, have a chat and enjoy a FREE hot drink.

Every ThursdayQuiz nightThe Ridge Bar, from 8pmTest your knowledge on sport, music and a range of subjects in our FREE themed quiz. It’s gonna be busy, so get there early to get your seats!

Every FridayFun-time FridayGoodwin Sports Centre, 7-10pmWind down for the weekend and come and play a range of fun sports including basketball, badminton, squash and bouldering plus taster sessions in archery, table tennis and volleyball. All for FREE…just bring along your Community Card.

Space Pre-BarThe Ridge, from 8pmBuy your tickets from the bar for the Union’s Space and start your night off with Space DJs.

Every SaturdaySaturday Night Live!The Ridge, from 8pm

Every SundayUltimate Quiz Night The Ridge Bar, quiz starts 9pmProve to your fellow residents just how intelligent you really are in Jonny’s unique quiz!! AMAZING prizes on offer!

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Your opinion counts. That’s why there’ll be plenty of opportunities throughout the year for you to let us know what you really think about University accommodation.

Accommodation SurveyIn November we’ll ask you what you think of living in University accommodation in our Accommodation Survey and the results will help us to identify areas that you think are successful as well as those where you think

we can improve.

FeedbackIf you have any feedback, ideas and comments, or you want to let us know about ACS staff who have really helped you – let us know!

Catering feedback• Complete a customer comment card • Email: [email protected]

Residences feedback

• Call Customer Services on: 0114 222 8800• Email: [email protected]

ForumsMeet with the Residence and Catering teams each semester to let us know how we can keep on improving our service to meet your needs.

Find out everything you need to know about your accommodation at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation

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City Community Listings:

Mon 26th OctoberCDC election nominations open

Fri 31st October Discounted Tickets to the Union’s Halloween Party

Fri 6th NovemberCDC election nominations deadline

Sun 8th NovemberSporty Sunday: School Sports DayGoodwin Sports Centre, 11am-3pmGet a team together for these informal, fun tournaments or just come and support your Community team as Endcliffe, Tapton, Ranmoor and City Communities go head to head! PLUS, your post-match social in Bar One afterwards…

Tues 10th NovemberCome Dine With Me Cooking DemoOctagon (next to Students’ Union), 1pmTickets £1.50 from Union Box Office

Regular Activities and Events:

Every other Tuesday (from 27th October)Board Games and Cake

Coffee Revolution, Students’ Union, 7-9pmEnjoy a FREE cake whilst playing all your favourite board games and having some old school fun.

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month (from 29th October)Postgraduate and Mature Student’s SocialInterval Café Bar – Students’ Union, from 8pm Come and relax, have a chat and enjoy a FREE hot drink.

Every ThursdayFree film nightOpal 2 Common Room, 7pmAll City Community members welcome. Check out your weekly “What’s On in my Community?” email to find out each week’s showing. Let us know what film you’d like to see, email: [email protected]

Every FridayFun-time FridayGoodwin Sports Centre, 7-10pmWind down for the weekend and come and play a range of fun sports including basketball, badminton, squash and bouldering plus taster sessions in archery, table tennis and volleyball. All for FREE…just bring along your Community Card.

Every SundayUltimate Quiz / Games Night Bar One, Students’ Union, from 8pmWii, pool and your Community quiz.

Tapton Community Listings:

Mon 26th OctoberCDC election nominations open

Sat 31st October Your Massive Halloween Party Tapton Bar, 8pm-3amHalloween spooky fancy dress party with DJs and mad party games including apple bobbing and creepy green candy floss! Everyone gets a freebie mask and loads of offers all night long! Best costume wins a prize!

Fri 6th NovemberCDC election nominations deadline

Sun 8th NovemberSporty Sunday: School Sports DayGoodwin Sports Centre, 11am-3pmGet a team together for these informal, fun tournaments or just come and support your Community team as Endcliffe, Tapton, Ranmoor and City Communities go head to head! PLUS, your post-match social in Tapton Bar afterwards…

Tues 10th NovemberCome Dine With Me Cooking DemoOctagon (next to Students’ Union), 1pmTickets £1.50 from Union Box Office

Regular Activities and Events:

Live FootballLive football on our big screen. Premiership, Champions League, FA Cup and International football.Ask at Tapton Bar for more details.

Every MondayPopulation Pre-Bar and Cocktail Night (with Population DJs)Tapton Bar, 8pm-12am

Every other TuesdaySports Quiz and Games Night Tapton Bar, from 8.30pm(Wii, pool and games) / Music Quiz.

Every other Tuesday (from 27th October)Board Games and Cake Coffee Revolution, Students’ Union, 7-9pmEnjoy a FREE cake whilst playing all your favourite board games and having some old school fun

Every other WednesdayRoar social with a fancy dress themePirate Night (14 Oct), Geek Night (28 Oct).

Roar Pre-barTapton Bar, from 8pm

Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month (from 29th October)Postgraduate and Mature Student’s SocialInterval Café Bar – Students’ Union, from 8pm Come and relax, have a chat and enjoy a FREE hot drink.

Every ThursdayFree film nightCourtyard Room 2, Tapton, 7pmCheck out your weekly “What’s On in my Community?” email to find out each week’s showing. Let us know what film you’d like to see, email: [email protected]

Every FridayFun-time FridayGoodwin Sports Centre, 7-10pmWind down for the weekend and come and play a range of fun sports including basketball, badminton, squash and bouldering plus taster sessions in archery, table tennis and volleyball. All for FREE…just bring along your Community Card.

Space Pre-BarTapton Bar, from 8pm

Every other Friday (9th oct & 23rd oct)KaraokeTapton Bar, from 8pmBelt out all your favourite tunes and show off your singing skills!

Every SaturdayFunky House NightsTapton Bar and JCR 2, from 8pm

Every SundayUltimate Quiz Night Tapton Bar, quiz starts 8.30pm

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