A city like no other

The best for student life

Choose the University of Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a place to live that's the best in Britain for student life. Our students have voted us top for social life for three years running:

  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016 and 2015 (joint first for social life and community atmosphere)
  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014 (first for social life)

You're choosing a city like no other. A city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming, stubbornly independent, rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do.

There's all the buzz and stimulation of city life, but none of the stress. Instead there's the friendly, laid-back feel of a village and some staggeringly beautiful scenery. In Sheffield you get the best of both worlds.

Safest, friendliest, cheapest

Part of it is that Sheffield is safer than other big cities – the UK Peace Index 2013, a study using Home Office data, found Sheffield to be England's safest major city. It's an easy-going and tolerant place to live, and local people welcome the contribution students make to life in the city.

In some cities people talk of 'student ghettoes'. These are deprived areas of town where all the student housing is located. We don't do that in Sheffield. We trust our students to live fully as part of the community. It means you're fully immersed in the day-to-day life of this fine city. And it means you get to live in some really nice areas.

And as if all that isn't good enough, the cost of living is less here than in just about every other university town in the UK.

The Peak District National Park extends well inside the boundaries of SheffieldThings to do, places to see

But there's more to it than that. 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.

The best students' union in the country

And right at the heart of campus you'll find first-rate entertainment, brand new facilities and vital support services at our award-winning Students' Union. Find out why we're number one in the UK.

Come and see us

Take a look round these pages to learn more – and then come and see for yourself. Book a place at one of our Open Days to look round the University, and while you're here take some time to discover our unique city. It's a city that we're proud to be part of.

People who come to Sheffield say it's an amazing place to live. Come to the University of Sheffield and you'll make this amazing place your home.

Sheffield City Hall in eveningStudents in bookshop and 'Live and learn' graffiti on wall