The city – an extraordinary place

Get to know Sheffield: the friendly, hilly, multicultural city that around 564,000 people – including 58,000 students – love to call home.

Sheffield's unique topography, its strong character, and its creative mindset make it the perfect place to live and study.


A centre of culture and creativity

The number of people working in the creative industries here is much higher than the national average. Sheffield is also home to the largest regional theatre complex outside London.

The city hosts several major festivals each year, including the international DocFest, the MADE festival for entrepreneurs and the now legendary Tramlines music festival.

The University plays a significant role in the cultural life of the city through projects such as Festival of the Mind, the Off the Shelf literature festival, and our year-round programme of classical and contemporary music, such as our Department of Music's Concerts programme.

Classical singer at Sheffield Makes Music


On the edge of a national park

A third of the city is inside the boundary of the Peak District National Park – one of Britain’s most cherished areas of outstanding natural beauty. You can get there easily: by bus, train, bike or on  foot.

The park's ancient landscape is strictly conserved, for the benefit of everyone. For hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and paragliders, it’s a must-see destination.

This unique topography, and a strong sense of civic pride, mean Sheffield has more green space, parks and trees than other cities. It’s the greenest big city in England and the most peaceful (the 2013 Peace Index).

If you love the great outdoors and city culture, explore top running, walking, climbing and city experiences with Sheffield: the outdoor city.

Aerial view of Sheffield


A place where you can make a difference

Social and commercial entrepreneurship flourish here. The University is a driving force. Our volunteering programme – Sheffield Volunteering – is one of the biggest in the UK and a model of best practice. Our enterprise team helps students turn ideas into viable projects.

For postgraduates looking to enhance their learning experience, Sheffield offers lots of opportunities. This is a city where bright ideas can, and do, turn into action. The perfect place to study your masters.

A student on a volunteering project


A lower cost of living

One of the first things new students ask us about Sheffield is how much things cost here. The answer's pretty simple: less than they cost elsewhere.

So however much you get in grants and loans for your living costs, it'll go further and last longer in Sheffield. And by the end of your time here there'll be less debt to pay off.

With more than 50,000 students in Sheffield, shops and services are queueing up to offer discounts. Stationery, cinema tickets, hairdressing, driving lessons, music, kebabs... you name it, you can save on it – just by flashing your student ID.

Sheffield is ranked as the fourth most cost-effective place to study in England in the 2015 Natwest Student Living Index.

Your transport costs will be a lot less than in other cities. In Sheffield it's an easy walk from our student accommodation to the University.

Our Students' Union – voted the best in the country on several occasions – offers a great selection of shops, services and places to eat and drink at minimal expense.

In Sheffield the best things in life really are free. Well, some of them. A trip to our stunning galleries or museums, a walk or bike ride in the Peak District, lots of gigs every week across the city... they won't cost you a penny.

Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre