Why Sheffield

Living in Sheffield

The City

Sheffield is at the heart of Great Britain. Its central location is of benefit to students travelling home to see family and friends, but not only this – the city is loved by its residents and known internationally for a proud manufacturing heritage and green spaces, not least its proximity to the world-famous Peak District.

Students who attend the University of Sheffield are drawn into the city’s unique culture and welcomed by the community they choose to live in. It is a tolerant, friendly and lively city with a large, integrated student contingent living mostly in the south-west suburbs and city centre.

Ninety per cent of first-year undergraduate students live in the safe, leafy areas of Endcliffe and Ranmoor, where the university has built two student villages – with a village shop, duck pond and regular buses (or a short walk) onto campus, residents enjoy their time in the state-of-the-art accommodation. Our city centre flats have a more independent, fast-paced feel and are a similar distance from campus. For more information, visit our accommodation pages.

Though you are not obliged to, in second and third years – or if you are taking a Masters programme or MBA – most students choose to move out of our villages and into a house. Areas popular with students are Hunters Bar, Sharrow Vale, Broomhill, Crookes, Walkley, Nether Edge and Ecclesall, which are all close to amenities and boast a mixed demographic of students, professionals and families. Each is close to a large green space – something Sheffield is known for. Endcliffe Park, the Botanical Gardens, Bolehill Park, Weston Park and Whitely Woods are just a few within walking distance of most student accommodation and the beautiful Peak District is a short bus ride away.

The Sheffield Information Service can help with any query relating to the city. The service is in the main City Library on Surrey Street, close to The Crucible and Lyceum theatres. Reception, Reference & Information can also help with any query relating to Sheffield. The service is based in the Central Library on Surrey Street (near the Lyceum & Crucible Theatres).

The Visitor Information Point (14 Norfolk Row, Sheffield S1 2PA) provides a wide range of information about what to see, what to do and where to stay in Sheffield. A Tourist Information Line is available from Mon-Sat 9am–5.30pm Tel: +44 (0)114 221 1900

Peace Gardens

Tourism Information


Sheffield is a major city, so attracts events which equal its stature and relevance on the international stage. Management students will be involved with the Global Manufacturing Festival and the MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival which both attract a global audience and involve events taking place all over the city.

Other festivals include Tramlines – Europe’s largest free music event – the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind (which returns in 2014) and Doc/Fest, an international documentary film festival. Cliffhanger is also held annually in Sheffield’s Graves Park and celebrates outdoor sports popular in the area such as rock-climbing, biking and running.

We have a thriving cultural scene, with museums and galleries such as Weston Park, Graves and the Millennium Gallery. Museums Sheffield has comprehensive information on all of their up-coming exhibitions on its website. The world knows about Sheffield’s legendary music scene – the city’s live-gig count is huge and there’s always an emerging musician or established face to see at Sheffield’s renowned venues.

With two football teams, the sport is prevalent in Sheffield – but it is my no means limited to this. Ice-hockey champions, the Sheffield Steelers, play at the Motorpoint Arena and a number of their players are students at Sheffield University Management School. Find out more about the University of Sheffield’s sporting endeavours on the Sport Sheffield website.

For what's on and events, visit Welcome to Sheffield.
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Being a first-year undergraduate student can pose more challenges than you expect. The possibility of moving away from home, combined with getting used to a new city and the content of your chosen programme can be overwhelming. Don’t worry if you’re finding it difficult – many students do and the university accommodation services have residential mentors to offer support and guidance if you’re not having a brilliant time. For more information and advice on settling in, click here.

Sheffield is a welcoming city, and we encourage our students to put something back into the community through our award-winning Sheffield Volunteering Scheme. We’re delighted that students are well integrated into the city and are proud of the efforts they are recognised as an important cultural element.

With this in mind, we ask that our students consider their neighbours and treat their environment with respect and consideration. Click here for some guidance on behaviour and maintaining a great relationship with your community.

We also have comprehensive information on domestic issues and answer questions about housing after your first year.