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Life in Sheffield

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a Russell Group University meaning it is committed to maintaining a high standard of research excellence and an outstanding student experience.

As a place to live and study, Sheffield is impossible to beat. Sheffield isn't just a backdrop to your degree. Our students play a full and active role in the life of the city. They set up home here and fall in love with the place. The city, the people, the feeling that anything's possible – it all helps to make our graduates who they are.

  • Sheffield is in the Times Higher top 10 list of most popular student cities in the world
  • We're top five in the UK for best overall student experience for the eighth year in a row (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018)
  • Our Students' Union is number one for the tenth consecutive year (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018)

The City


Sheffield is an excellent place to be a student. It’s a real home from home for the 45,000-strong student population. Located in the heart of the UK, Sheffield is England’s fourth largest city, yet is compact and easy to get around; with an excellent public transport system that links the university with other parts of the city. Sheffield is one of the safest cities in the country, and is renowned for its friendly ‘village atmosphere’. It also has some of the lowest student living costs of any city in the UK.

As a city, Sheffield has got it all: Ground-breaking annual festivals including Tramlines Music Festival and the Documentary Film Festival, a legendary music scene which is sure to cater to everyone’s taste, galleries with links to the Tate and the V&A, a world-famous theatre scene, and the biggest indie cinema outside London. Moreover, Sheffield is the UK’s greenest city, with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks. A third of the city is located within the Peak District National Park, which makes it the perfect place for walkers, climbers and anyone who loves the outdoors.

It’s a green, friendly, affordable and safe city where you’ll find incredible bars, restaurants, clubs, and sports facilities, both on and off Campus