A city like no other

As a place to live and study, Sheffield is impossible to beat.

Sheffield isn't just a backdrop to your degree.

Our students play a full and active role in the life of the city. They set up home here and fall in love with the place.

The city, the people, the feeling that anything's possible – it all helps to make our graduates who they are.

Number one Russell Group university for student experience

We've been voted number one in the Russell Group and third in the UK for student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

The University was also ranked joint second for 'good community atmosphere' and joint third ​​for 'good social life'.

An extraordinary place

Choose the University of Sheffield and you'll discover an extraordinary place to live and study. You're choosing a city of stunning landscapes – Sheffield is the greenest in Britain – and a city that's 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