Friendly. Beautiful. Safe.
Our students love Sheffield so much that they can't tear themselves away. Every year many of them set up home here after they've graduated and start to build a life.
Why? It's friendly, it's beautiful, it's modern, it's safe. Some people say it's the most creative city on the planet. There are two and a half million trees. And nearly as many amazing things to do.
Things to do, places to see.
Whether you’re after a bit of culture or just having fun and games, there’s nowhere better to live than Sheffield.
If you love the great outdoors and city culture, explore top running, walking, climbing and city experiences with Sheffield: the outdoor city.
There’s a pulsating grassroots creative arts community, a harmonious multicultural population, more parks and woodland than any other UK city, striking Victorian and modern architecture, big shopping at Meadowhall, small shopping at niche independent stores, the best pubs in Britain, dazzling public art, stylish restaurants, champion sport facilities, a legendary music scene, great cafes and coffee shops, secret parties, urban farms, Supertrams, seven hills, five rivers and two and a half million trees…
We could go on. And it’s worth knowing that, after graduating, more students decide to stay on and live in Sheffield than in any other city.
Café Rouge next to the Peace Gardens.
A lower cost of living.
One of the first things new students ask us about Sheffield is how much things cost here. The answer’s pretty simple: less than they cost elsewhere. So however much you get in grants and loans for your living costs, it’ll go further and last longer in Sheffield. And by the end of your degree there’ll be less debt to pay off. That just leaves the problem of what to spend your money on. With so many options for leisure and nights out in Sheffield, you’re a bit spoilt for choice. But as problems go, that’s quite a nice one to have.
With more than 50,000 students in Sheffield, shops and services are queueing up to offer discounts. Stationery, cinema tickets, hairdressing, driving lessons, music, kebabs… you name it, you can save on it – just by flashing your student ID.“Wherever you go to university, it’ll cost you. But in Sheffield it’ll cost you less. It’ll be more rewarding. It’ll be more fun. And in the long term it’ll pay you back many times over.”
Your transport costs will be a lot less than in other cities. In Sheffield it’s an easy walk from our student accommodation to the University. And loads of buses offer a student fare of just 50p. Our Students’ Union – voted the best in the country on several occasions – offers a fine selection of shops, services and places to eat and drink at minimal expense.
In Sheffield the best things in life really are free. Well, some of them. A trip to our stunning galleries or museums, a walk or bike ride in the Peak District, loads of gigs every week across the city… they won’t cost you a penny.
Tramlines Festival, Sheffield.
You’ve heard the stories about the student lifestyle. Clubbing and parties 24/7, and all that. In reality there’s a lot more to it.
True, if you want to go clubbing and partying, you’re never far from some spectacularly good clubs and parties around here. But what if that’s not your thing? Don’t fret. Sheffield caters for everyone. Your options for a night (or day) out here are so far-reaching and diverse that there’s always fun to be found, whatever your tastes.
The best pubs, bars & clubs…
Sheffield is the best place in Britain for pubs. It’s that simple. They’re friendly, they’re full of character, and they’re brimming with life-alteringly good beer.
Pub lovers visit Sheffield from all over the UK to sample outstanding local ales from the likes of Abbeydale, Bradfield and Thornbridge. One Sheffield pub scooped Camra’s ‘best pub in Britain’ award for two years running. And even The New York Times agrees our pubs are one of the big reasons to come here.
The prices aren’t bad either – there are still places that sell a pint for less than £2, all day, every day. Just don’t tell everyone or you’ll never get served.
Fun times @ Bungalows and Bears, Old Fire Station, 50 Division Street.
Thousands of our students enjoy a top night out in the West Street/Devonshire Street area close to the University. It’s buzzing most nights of the week. (One bar around there is the only place we know that’s ever employed bouncers to turn away people who are too smartly dressed.)
There are loads of special offers for students to make sure your bank balance doesn’t get too hair-raising. And we’ve noticed that ‘locals’ and students seem to get along better in Sheffield than in a lot of other places. So you can stay out of trouble literally as well as financially.
But don’t forget – some of the best club nights for miles around are right here at the University. Check out our Students’ Union to see what gets your toes tapping.
Getting here, getting about.
On top of all the other good things about Sheffield, it’s an easy place to get to. Get on a train in London and in just a little over two hours you’ll be getting off at Sheffield. Sheffield station is in the picture below. Nice, isn’t it?
Step off your train, cross the main road, and the bus station is just on your right. Alternatively, walk through to the back of the station and you can hop on a tram.
If you’re coming by road it’s simple enough too. The Sheffield Parkway will take you from the M1 to the city centre in five or ten minutes. That’s avoiding rush hour, obviously – but compared with other big cities Sheffield isn’t too bad for traffic congestion.
Sheaf Square water feature and Sheffield Train Station at night.
Transport within Sheffield.
One happy consequence of the roads being relatively clear is that it’s quite easy to get from one part of town to another. Look out for bus routes with student fares too – you could pay as little as £1 per trip.
The University has its very own stop on Sheffield’s Supertram network. This means you can get here from the railway station in less than ten minutes. The trams also link up leisure and shopping venues like Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield Arena, Ice Sheffield, Valley Centertainment and the huge Meadowhall centre. They’re a lovely way to travel.
The Super Tram is a great way to get around. Victoria Quays canal basin.
Bear in mind, though, that the best mode of transport in Sheffield is very often your feet. Many places you’ll want to go to are easily walkable. The University is right in the city centre and so are hundreds of student rooms in our City and Central Campus. Even our student villages at Ranmoor and Endcliffe are within walking distance of the University.