Sheffield has everything you’d expect to find in a major city and more. We've got all the usual big city attractions - but Sheffield offers so much more than that.
You’ll find a city that's safe, affordable, vibrant and green. We are proud that in Sheffield students are seen as residents. Most student accommodation is integrated into residential neighbourhoods - and with the University campuses fundamental to the city centre, it really is a case of considering yourself a Sheffielder for the years that you'll be here (and then hopefully when you stay too).
So it's kind of hard to summarise what's different about student life - but here are some bits and pieces of inspiration to help you get a feel for what the student experience might be that will make Sheffield different to other cities.
A short video capturing experiences of some students.
A quick guide by those who know where to go
“I came to Sheffield because my sister came here around nine years ago. Whenever we dropped her off, it always felt more homely than back home. Hearing what she said about nights out and how people are in the city did influence me. I felt that I needed a place where I could just be myself and out of the university options I chose, it felt the most homely."
Lucy, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student at Sheffield Hallam
It makes it so easy to explore the city and its surrounding areas. There are so many things to do and visit, from independent coffee shops and vintage stores to museums, parks, and the Peak District, which is a must-see for everyone who’s got a day off and wants to relax and explore."
Andreea Huidan, politics and philosophy student at the University of Sheffield
This is the city that brought the now world-famous story of Jamie Campbell to the stage and then the screen, in the form of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. We worked with Finn Warman to produce this alternative LGBTQ+ guide to Sheffield to help show visitors and locals alike where the friendly spots are.
Dryad Works is a self-built community of creative individuals collaborating under one roof. Their mission is to build a unique underground DIY grassroots music venue & creative workspace that values creative arts, sound system culture and unique nightlife experiences.
Hope Works plays host to some of the best and most experimental electronic music on an incredible bespoke sound system.
Gut Level is a not-for-profit DIY music and community space. It’s important that everybody who comes here feels welcomed, comfortable, free to express themselves and ultimately, has a great time! They focus on dance music, club culture and the surrounding communities, and are based in a Grade II listed ex-cutlery works on Snow Lane in Shalesmoor.
A live music and club venue in the city centre, programming an eclectic mix of indie, electronic, dance and all other types of genres - but always keeping you on your toes.
Tank is Sheffield's underground house, tech & bass venue, putting on legendary nights (as well as the even more legendary annual Bassfest). They put on a number of regular nights and are based in the city centre.
It was once a clothes shop but then it got morphed into a hybrid between a bar, night club, events space, and general meeting space in Castlegate area.
Operating as a label, practice room and small gig space from their Castle Market headquarters, they fuel the fire of Sheffield’s alternative scene, and also explore new territories, from stand-up to brilliantly daft club nights.
Plot 22 is a multi-purpose creative space situated in the heart of the Castlegate district of Sheffield in the old Castle Market.
Where Brooklyn meets Berlin in Sheffield's creative quarter. Sidney and Matilda is a warehouse, basement, and courtyard orientated music and event venue, that has shined new neon red light on an abandoned industrial district.
Church is Sheffield's first arcade bar, inspired by South American religious iconography, with a 100% vegan bar and food menu.
The Washington is one of the spiritual homes of Sheffield’s music scene. Through the years they’ve all passed through; drinking, performing and perhaps even working behind the bar. From the glory years of The Limit when Pulp would meet there, to intimate gigs from Wet Nuns, The Washington has seen it all - and you will too if you visit.
Sheffield is in the top 3 most affordable student cities, according to NatWest's Student Living Index 2022. One of the ways students can find great ways of making money go further - whilst still eating healthy, hanging out in a great atmosphere, and having loads of options all at once - is with the great street food and foodhalls we have in the city.
We've put together a handy guide for you to some of the most popular.Show me
Old industrial spaces and 60,000 students in one city = more cool coffee shops than you can shake a stick at. But here's a selection of 5 of the most quirky, that you possibly wouldn't find elsewhere...
It's kind of a thing here. Check out our guide to different areas across the city, whether it's in student areas or elsewhere.
Sheffield wasn't what I expected - it's full of green spaces. Coming from down south, the best thing about Sheffield is how cheap it is. It's a really varied nightlife too."
Marshall Devas, criminology student at Sheffield Hallam University
There are a number of street artists who live in Sheffield and make our walls into something beautiful for the city to be proud of. Their variety of styles can be seen here, as well as all over the world - and we have plenty of guest murals painted by artists who have visited Sheffield to create their own mark too.
The Sheffield Round Walk is a 15-mile loop from the urban to the rural at the southwestern edges of the city – taking in leafy parkland, woodland streams, and pretty suburbs.
Sheffield City Centre has a huge variety of architecture and public spaces to enjoy, so you can wander round with friends and a coffee and have a really nice day without spending too many of those precious pounds.
Explore Sheffield by seeking out The Outdoor City Run Routes. Over 30 routes are signposted and mapped across 15 locations in parks and woodland across the city.
The Millennium Gallery is Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield’s unique heritage, including the metalwork which made the city world famous, alongside contemporary art and design exhibitions.
Given all the hills in Sheffield it’s no surprise that many of our favourite parks find themselves incorporating a steep gradient or two. In these cases, there are some stunning views to enjoy across Sheffield and beyond.
Both Universities are incredibly well connected to businesses in the city - and even better than that, a lot of businesses are here specifically because they want to hire the graduates coming out of University.
Sheffield Hallam is the Educate North University of the Year 2022 and the Times Higher Outstanding Entrepreneurial University 2021. You’ll be taught by award-winning teachers, work on real-world projects, have access to work experience opportunities in every year of your degree, and be supported every step of the way – so that you graduate ready to succeed in your career.
At the University of Sheffield, you’ll earn a degree from a Russell Group University and enjoy the UK’s number 1 Students’ Union while you’re at it. You’ll see how world-leading research enhances our teaching and changes lives – starting with your own. And you’ll get the best start to your career. Study here and you’ll find one of the best student experiences in the UK – and that's according to the people who matter most, our students.