Social Sheffield

Leopold SquareSheffield’s nightlife is unbeatable in its choice with plenty of clubs, pubs and restaurants to keep our students entertained. There are student-friendly nights throughout the week, and DJs play regularly in various bars in and around the Devonshire Quarter, close to campus.

Firmly established as Sheffield’s premier live music venue, The Leadmill introduced the Human League to the city, when it opened as an artist-run space in 1980. Regularly voted as one of the best live venues, it’s now seen as a pilgrimage for top bands. Along with our larger venues, The Motorpoint Arena, City Hall and O2 Academy, Sheffield is firmly on the music map for attracting major artists.

Festival and events

Tramlines turn Sheffield’s parks, pubs, clubs and public spaces into one big music venue for a whole weekend, and attracts 100’s of artists. The popularity of this festival is growing every year, and summer 2014 had its biggest attendance to date.

The Last laugh Comedy Festival is one of the UK’s best comedy festivals with more than 90 shows over 30 days. As well as promoting local talent it’s had its fair share of comedy genius over the years. Amongst others, Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Michael McIntyre and Al Murray have all guested.

Festival of the mind is a unique collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the city’s creative community. This biyearly festival is a chance to see your lecturers hosting events with local artists, poets, musicians and magicians.
The best of the rest include the Sheffield Food Festival; a free, mouth-watering feast with pop-up restaurants and master classes, Doc/fest; an international film festival in the heart of the city and Peace in the Park, which is popular hippy extravaganza.