This page should contain a list of all questions that are frequently asked to Bummit. We hope this helps.

If this hasn’t answered your question(s) please send us an email to bummit@sheffield.ac.uk or alternatively put your question on one of our many social network media (Facebook) by clicking on the social media icons on top of the page.

Yes. Bummit has a perfect safety record which we have maintained since our inception. If you keep your wits about you, you will be fine. You do not have to accept every lift. In fact we recommend you don’t; take the lift which is going where you want to go or which is far enough. Another, better lift is always around the corner!
We have several safety measures in place:

  • People hitch-hike in teams of 2 or 3, with at least 1 male team member
  • Teams have to check in daily with the Bummit committee via a safety phone
  • In the event you do not make contact we will then try to contact you
  • If we haven’t heard from you for 24 hours we will inform the British consulate nearest to your last confirmed location who will then take the appropriate action. THIS HAS NEVER HAD TO HAPPEN!

There will be endless amounts of advice given in the run up to the trip.
The best way is to talk politely to people at service stations or petrol stations. You’re a lovely educated young student who is trying to raise money for charity: Joe Public will be very keen to help you out!

If you’re not in a place where you can talk to people, then just get those thumbs and signs out! Someone will stop eventually. Especially if you look happy and enthusiastic on the side of the road.

Often in Europe it can be relatively easy to get a train for free! Although this should be done with the permission of the conductor who is working on the train – and every time the conductor changes. If they don’t speak English there will be letters in different languages explaining what you are doing.
How do I get across the channel?
People often have space in their car to let you hitch a ride with them. Luckily for hitch-hikers cars going onto ferries or the Eurotunnel are paid per car rather than per person! This means you can hitch a ride with them and you don’t have to pay!

Be inventive! You CAN fundraise in unique ways! We will also be sending round a guide called the fundraising pack to help you with this. Everyone has to set up a GiveStar account.

Instructions can be found in the fundraising pack. Please do NOT set up a different account or send money to the wrong charity. Check the instructions!

Bummit is a fundraising series of events, to be a viable way to fundraise we need to be able to guarantee this fundraising capability. The current best way of doing this is by taking a cheque for the minimum sponsorship amount as a guarantee – we will not cash this unless you do not raise the money in time.

If you have a bank account you will be able to order a cheque book from your bank. If this is not possible, you can pay your sponsorship guarantee in cash.

The information desk in the Activites Zone in the Students’ Union (next to coffee revs, open Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm)

Yes you can! Baby Bummit does not require any visa as the endpoint location is in U.K


For Big Bummit, you may or may not need a visa, depending on your passport-issuing country. Please consult with this list by clicking here

If you need a visa, then you can apply for a Short Stay (C) Schengen Visa with the assistance of the advice centre which can be found in Sheffield Students Union.

Bummit reserves a certain number of tickets for International Students, therefore you do not need to buy a ticket until you have a visa. This is so that in the unlikely event your visa is refused, your ticket fees for Big Bummit will not be lost as a result.


The process of getting a visa can take a few weeks depending on your passport issuing country, and will also require you to book an appointment and provide fingerprints to the corresponding consulate, so please start this process as soon as possible. For further assistance please send us an email to bummit@sheffield.ac.uk

Absolutely! We have loads of team mating socials to help you find people in the same position as you or a pair who are looking for that lone Bummiter!

We run several team mating socials – great opportunities to meet guys who have signed up on their own!

Contact Bummit via Facebook to find out the dates of the team mating social! Link to social media is on the top!

Only members of Sheffield Students’ Union can participate in our events. This is due to insurance reasons and unfortunately we can’t make any exceptions.


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