The best students' union in the UK


It's not just for undergraduates

Postgraduates are as much a part of the social scene as anyone. The club nights, the gigs, the bars – all those things are here if you want them. But the best students' union in the UK is more than that.

There are over 300 societies and activities to try, including badminton, languages, snowboarding, jewellery-making and yoga. The Give it a Go programme lets you try as many as you like without making a commitment. It’s a great way to meet people. Postgraduates organise social events throughout the academic year. There are barbecues, picnics and trips to the coast. Many of the activities are family-friendly.

Many of our facilities are developed with postgraduate students in mind. We reserve places for postgraduates on all the main committees. There is an active taught postgraduate committee, while the University of Sheffield Postgraduate Society organises events throughout the year.

We know you take your education and your career seriously. But we also know you still want opportunities to socialise, take part in activities and be entertained - and that doesn’t always mean cold beer and loud music. We try to make sure we cater for everyone's taste.

How we rank

The UK's number 1
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2009–2018

The UK's number 1
National Student Survey 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012


Three on-campus venues attract DJs and bands from around the world. We have club nights running almost every night of the week playing pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and retro.

The 400-seater Students' Union cinema screens foreign films, cult classics or box office smashes. You can watch dance and theatre performances, and stimulate your mind with live, high-profile speakers. Or just take some time to relax and be entertained at our regular open-mic night, pub quiz or our hugely popular comedy night.

Join in

Postgraduates are involved with many of our clubs and societies, which cover national, religious, political, academic, and other recreational interests.

Give it a Go is our pick-and-mix activities scheme. You can try out a range of new activities without having to make a major time and money commitment – just pay and play.

Sheffield Volunteering gives you the chance to work with schools and charities.


The Student Advice Centre provides a confidential, free advice and information service which handles more than 20,000 enquiries each year. They offer specialist advice and support on housing, finance, academic, employment and immigration, as well as general welfare issues. The centre is open Monday to Friday all year, and is particularly well used by postgraduates.

We also run Nightline, a phone service offering general advice and help from 8pm to 8am.

Even more for you

The time you spend in your Students' Union helps fund more opportunities for you. Money from our bars and shops goes back into our services, activities, and support facilities. These in turn are shaped by you.

We want you to get the most out of your time here. That means listening to you, and helping turn your ideas into action.

All our students automatically become members of the Students' Union, but you can opt out. For more about this and all the Students' Union offers, see the Sheffield Students' Union website.