University of Sheffield has best student accommodation in UK

The University of Sheffield won the award for Best Student Housing at the inaugural
College and University Business Officers (CUBO) awards in Edinburgh, despite tough competition from over other leading UK universities.

Award winners

The EdgeThe awards recognise excellence in the student living experience. The University of Sheffield’s student accommodation has transformed the student living experience, providing more than just a room with services, activities and events creating a balanced and inclusive community.

Pat McGrath, Director of Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS) at the University of Sheffield said: “We’re really proud to be awarded Best Student Housing at the CUBO awards, it’s a great achievement.

“Sheffield is renowned for retaining the highest number of students when they finish their studies and I’d like to think that the student experience they get from us goes some way towards them falling in love with the city. We pride ourselves on our passion for promoting a fantastic student experience that will stay with the student for the rest of their lives."

The University of Sheffield started its £160 million Student Residences Strategy in 2005, with a vision to create over 4,000 new bedrooms and a new social and event space within just four years.

The building scheme dramatically improved the provision and quality of student accommodation and the University worked with students to ensure that the accommodation was built with them in mind.

Best in the UK for student accommodationPat added: “Whilst our students are here to study we want to ensure that their whole experience is an enjoyable one and accommodation is a fundamental part of this. Knowing that we continue to get the offer right is great and the CUBO award cements this, especially as it is voted for by peers in the university sector.

“Students that live in our accommodation get more than just a room, they become part of a diverse community. There are opportunities to get involved and learn new skills, whether it’s helping organise events for other students, gaining valuable work experience or volunteering for local charitable causes.”

The University of Sheffield was the only university to be shortlisted for two awards and was also shortlisted for the Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience for their successful Communities project.

The high standard of accommodation at the University of Sheffield has been consistently recognised by both students and peers. The University was voted joint top in the UK for accommodation in the 2011 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, as well as seeing high levels of satisfaction in the International Student Barometer and Student Barometer Surveys and in their own Residents Survey.

Additional information

University of Sheffield Student Villages
The University of Sheffield Student Villages (Endcliffe and Ranmoor) are a combination of new build and refurbished properties, set within a landscape parkland setting which complement the surrounding buildings, many of which are Victorian.

At the heart of the Villages are The Edge and The Ridge; brand new buildings designed to be the welfare, social and community focus for residents, with a variety of events and activities taking place, from belly-dancing to sign language classes.

In addition to the popular Villages, The University of Sheffield also has accommodation near the city centre. Students living in the University of Sheffield’s accommodation get more than just a room. There are many social activities on offer, Residential Mentors are on hand to help students settle in and offer support with any welfare, academic and accommodation issues, and there’s 24/7 Customer Services, Security and Maintenance.

Sheffield is one of the UK’s safest cities and in University accommodation, there’s a dedicated security team available 24/7, carrying out regular patrols and monitoring extensive CTTV footage to ensure safety and security.

Sheffield’s accommodation guarantee is one of the best in the country. Students are
guaranteed a room for the duration of their studies.

Alumni funding allowed the creation of a Trim Trail, and The Piazza provides an outdoor focal point for local community events.

Key facts
• The University’s Student Residents Survey 2011/2012: 86 per cent of students who live in University accommodation are satisfied with their overall experience.

• The University of Sheffield has 4,700 rooms available at The Endcliffe and
Ranmoor Villages

• Students from 160 countries live in the University accommodation each year

•There are 5,788 beds available in total

College and University Business Officers
CUBO is the professional association for senior managers in higher education. Their responsibilities include the strategic planning, management, administration and development of the university's residential portfolio, catering and retail operations, and commercial income generation from business and leisure tourism, including the management of year-round conference and training centres.
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The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007). These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world.

The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


For further information please contact:

Amy Pullan
Media Relations Officer
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 9859