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Study in Sheffield

Sheffield's geographical diversity may surprise you, with city life, hills, and greenery all rolled into one.

The original football club

Sheffield FC was the first independent club, formed by cricketers in the 1850s.

City life – University of Sheffield student

'You really feel like a part of the community – a great way to mature and find your place in the world. This city is brilliant with loads going on.'

'Real' ale world capital

Sheffield has a proud ale culture, with more brewers per capita than Greater London. 

Nightlife – first year student at Sheffield Hallam University, 2016

'Nightlife in Sheffield is amazing! Such a good laugh and all fairly close together. Security is good with a strong police presence. Student deals offered mostly everywhere.'

Theatre culture

The Crucible, Lyceum, and Crucible Studio make up the largest theatre complex outside of London.

Student life in Sheffield

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Head to the Peak District for a hike or bike ride
Sunday chilling
Hunt round Rare and Racy for old books, vinyl, and prints
When family visit
Explore the Botanical Gardens – grab a selfie with the Bear
Catch up with mates
Cafe #9 for a cosy coffee, crossword, and live acoustic music
Feeling cultural
Catch a poetry evening at Bank Street Arts
Grab a bite
Get yourself some comfort food at the Broomhill Tavern

Millennium Square

Situated between the Peace Gardens and Winter Garden, Millennium Square is a central feature of the city centre.

City life – second year student at University of Sheffield, 2016

'There are some really alt-y places, like Night Kitchen with techno and reggae bangers for indie kids drinking Red Stripe. Sheffield also has a really good live music scene. There are loads of small venues like The Rocking Chair and Leadmill.'

Second year student at University of Sheffield, 2018

'I live in Ecclesall. It's about 30 minutes away from uni, but it's a nice neighbourhood. The reason I live here is because it's cheap and next to my work. It's on a main bus route to town.'

Irwin Mitchell Hall

This beautiful piece of architecture transports you to ancient Rome and Greece, and offers up lots of entertainment events.

Second year student at University of Sheffield, 2018

'In Sheffield you have to start looking for accommodation very early. Letting season starts on 1 November, meaning houses go quickly. This is an issue, especially in first year, as you can’t guarantee you’ll be friends with the same people a year later!'

Sheffield's skyline

Sheffield's skyline boasts buildings that date back to the 13th century, including the Town Hall Clock Tower.

Living in Sheffield

Housing, transport, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £49 - £123
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £9.00
  • Stagecoach Sheffield Student bus only 7 day megarider
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Broomhill
  • Eccleshall Road
  • Crookes

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.


Student money tips

Got a date? Feed the animals at Graves Park Farm for a free-but-fun afternoon.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

​Discover more savings on student life in Sheffield with UCAS student discounts. Find the latest deals, from fashion brands and eating fresh, to big discounts on tech and travel.