The University of Sheffield has consistently ranked highly in the UK for student experience. Sheffield has a reputation for being friendly, safe and affordable and has great public transport links, making it easy for you to enjoy all that it has to offer.
The University and its Students’ Union, which is number one in the country, offer a wide variety of opportunities for getting involved in cultural, sporting and social activities outside of your studies – as well as career and personal development activities to complement your studies and prepare you for employment. Find comprehensive details of this on our Careers and Professional Development page.
Sheffield is regarded as a desirable place to both study and live. Although Sheffield is a major city, it has kept its strong sense of community. Residents are welcoming and accept students willingly as part of the city’s culture and one of its assets.
It is a very green city, with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks, and one-third of Sheffield is in the Peak District National Park – thought to be the second most visited national park in the world. If you enjoy hiking, running or cycling, these activities are very easy to access.
The city also boasts a host of internationally renowned museums and galleries, a thriving music scene and the best regional theatre complex outside London. Regularly hosting high-profile exhibitions from prominent London galleries such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (the V&A), sending its theatrical productions to the West End and boasting a vibrant design and digital quarter, Sheffield students engage with the culture and become part of it themselves.
Sheffield is in the heart of the UK and is well-connected by road and rail. You can reach London in just over two hours. Manchester and Leeds are about an hour away by either road or rail. The city is a significant part of plans for a high-speed rail link, which it is suggested will improve connections to other major business centres.
Airports such as Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster/Sheffield), Leeds Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport and East Midlands Airport are all very accessible by public transport and major road routes, providing readily-available international links to Sheffield.
The city has an excellent infrastructure of local buses, trams and trains and encourages its population to cycle safely using designated lanes.
Stay Safe and Accommodation
Home Office statistics rate Sheffield as being one of England’s safest cities. It has all the facilities of a major city but is small enough to be compact and friendly – all areas of the city centre are accessible by foot. Visit the University’s Safety and Security pages here: www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/safety.
A wide range of accommodation is available for postgraduate students. Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation for more information.
Culture, Shopping, Nightlife and Music
Sheffield’s award-winning theatre complex, Sheffield Theatres, includes The Lyceum, The Studio and The Crucible, where the Snooker World Championships are held annually in April/May.
The city has a variety of cinemas, some showing international blockbusters, as well as art-house creations at The Showroom. There is a successful international film festival, Doc/Fest, which is held annually to celebrate the year’s best documentary films. This attracts many famous guests and speakers to the city every July.
A far-reaching city regeneration scheme has transformed Sheffield city centre by adding and improving public spaces such as the Millennium Gallery, Tudor Square, Devonshire Green and the Winter Gardens.
For shopping, Sheffield offers the best of both worlds. You can browse retail’s ‘big names’ at one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Meadowhall, or enjoy the large amount of unique independent shops located on Devonshire Street/Division Street in the city centre and around Ecclesall Road.
Sheffield is world-famous for its music scene and there are many venues where you can enjoy live performance of all types of different kinds of music. The University of Sheffield has a number of venues in and around the Students’ Union such as Bar One, Interval Bar and The University Arms. Find out more about the university’s nights out here.
Sheffield has an international reputation for exceptional sporting facilities. In addition to the excellent university-run sports centre, the city is home to the English Institute of Sport, the World Snooker Academy, Olympic-standard swimming and diving pools at Ponds Forge, Sheffield Arena – home of the Sheffield Steelers ice-hockey team – and plenty of athletics facilities.
Prior to the London 2012 Olympics, a number of big names brought their training to Sheffield. University of Sheffield alumni and Olympic champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis was born in the city and still lives here.
Careers, professional development and your learning environment
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Sheffield University Management School's new building opened its doors in spring 2013. It provides all of our students with the ideal environment in which to study individually or in groups and carry out corporate engagement events. Click here for more information about the school and its world-class facilities.
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What our students say
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