Social life

Information about family friendly activities at the University and in Sheffield.


At the University 

Students’ Union 

The Students’ Union is a child friendly organisation and committed to running family friendly events.

It’s been accredited with a ‘Sheffield Breastfeeding Friendly Award’ from Change4Life.

Children are welcome in all areas of the Students’ Union before 8:30pm, except Bar One. 

The Interval Bar and Coffee Revolution offer: 

  • Highchairs
  • Baby changing
  • Food/bottle warming (only Coffee Revolution)
  • Children's food and drinks menus

You can find toys in the Sports and Activities Zone. 

The Students Union also has a cinema and regularly shows child friendly films. They may run other family friendly events, for more information visit: 

Events and activities | Students’ Union 

Sheffield International Women’s Club

Our Sheffield International Women's Club is a social support network  for female partners of postgraduates and members of staff. 

They can help you get to know Sheffield and offer support and advice in case you have problems, and you can make friends with local people and women from around the world.

Sheffield international women’s club 

English classes for partners of students 

If your partner (i.e. who you are married to or in a relationship with) is a registered degree-level international student at the University, you can access free general English language classes. 

The classes are offered by the English Language Teaching Centre, in cooperation with the University's Students' Union.

In Sheffield

You can use the Sheffield directory to search for family activities around Sheffield. Some activities are free and others may charge a small fee.

Sheffield directory

Visitor information centres also provide lots of information on things to do in and around Sheffield.

Visit Sheffield

Outdoor activities 

Sheffield has lots of public parks and is close to the Peak District National Park, so there’s plenty of opportunity for free outdoor activities.

Parks and green spaces in Sheffield 

Information about the Peak District 

Baby and toddler groups 

If you have very young children, there are also various baby and toddler groups. You can search for these in the Sheffield directory

These are usually run by volunteers and offer an informal play environment where you can take your children to play for a couple of hours - you’re responsible for supervising your children They can be a really good way of meeting other parents with small children. 

They’re usually located in community halls, and they may charge a small fee which covers refreshments. 

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