Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey ranks Sheffield as second overall in the country. It was ranked joint first for its social life, library facilities and accommodation and the ‘University most people would recommend to a friend’.
Sheffield is England's fourth largest city, with a population of around half a million. Located in north-central England, it has easy access to all parts of the UK and is only two hours to London St. Pancras (and the Eurostar connection) by train.
The city has a high proportion of green space within its boundaries and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, being situated on the edge of the Peak District, which in 1951 became Britain's first National Park. with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks, if you enjoy hiking, running or cycling, it’s easy to access.
Sheffield is a friendly place, richly deserving of its nickname as 'the largest village in England'. Home Office statistics rate Sheffield as being one of England’s safest cities with all the facilities of a major city but still small enough to be compact and friendly.
Things to do
Culturally, Sheffield has award-winning theatres, cinemas and nationally renowned clubs. A far-reaching city regeneration scheme has transformed the city centre by adding public spaces such as the Millennium Galleries and the Winter Gardens. And for shopping, choose between one of Europe’s biggest malls at Meadowhall or visit some of the unique independent shops located near to the School of East Asian Studies on Devonshire Street.
Sheffield is a thriving city, world-famous for its music scene with plenty of clubs, theatres and sporting venues. It also has a great international feel, with hundreds of restaurants offering Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Polish cuisine to name but a few, and numerous events throughout the year that showcase the ethnic and linguistic diversity of this vibrant, multicultural city.
Sheffield has an international reputation for exceptional sporting facilities. In addition to the excellent University-run sports centre, the city is home to Europe’s largest outdoor artificial ski resort – Sheffield Ski Village – plus numerous health and fitness centres such as Don Valley Stadium for athletics, Ponds Forge for swimming and diving and Sheffield Arena for ice hockey.
Here at Sheffield we understand that when it comes to choosing a University, it’s not just about the courses on offer, which is why the University of Sheffield Students Union have worked hard to be ranked best in the UK in the most recent Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Through the Union you have access to a huge range of student societies that cater for just about every sport and hobby.
For further information about how to make your time in Sheffield unforgettable, visit our Experince Sheffield site.
Life in Sheffield
To get an idea of a typical day as a University of Sheffield student, please check out this virtual tour.