Community

Sheffield is an inclusive place that welcomes people from all sorts of different backgrounds and interests, a wealth of different perspectives and specialisms. Get involved in Sheffield’s community and feel right at home.

Students, staff and alumni share how they've been volunteering in Sheffield during the lockdown

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Meet your people

You needn’t worry about being on your own. There are over 50,000 students in the city, from all kinds of backgrounds and from every part of the world. Sheffield is famously relaxed and friendly, a major city with a community feel. You can be yourself here.

Living in University accommodation, you’ll find there’s a busy calendar of events to help you get to know each other. You may also want to join one of the 300 student societies (clubs) based on campus – it’s a brilliant way to meet people who love the same things you do.

Our SU - ranked best in the UK – has committees to support specific student groups including LGBT+, BAME, disabled and international students. These groups are also a great place to get to know the city with people who will understand your interests.


Get involved

Our students are part of the fabric of the city and important members of the Sheffield community. Thousands of students make an impact every year by volunteering in the local community. Opportunities range from community allotments to asylum seeker support. Our students have incredible skills and use them to take part in the city. How could you get involved?

Volunteering at Sheffield


You’ll never be at a loss for something to do here. Sheffield Volunteering allows you to walk in and find a project you feel passionate about. Give it a Go lets you try out different societies without making a commitment.

Forge Media gives students the power to write, produce and present for the student newspaper, radio station and TV channel.

The Union has its own cinema and ten different food outlets. There are regular gigs and club nights, comedians and quizzes. The fast-paced lifestyle can be fun, but the Union also provides important services such as a Job Shop, help finding accommodation and advice on every aspect of student life. Day and night, it acts as a central, safe space for students, no matter who they are or what they like to do

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Exciting futures, made together

With so many students falling in love with Sheffield during their studies, it’s no surprise that many of them choose to stay in Sheffield to start homes, businesses and families. Studying with us can be the start of an exciting future. Whether you stay with us for your degree or beyond, there are loads of opportunities to shape Sheffield and let it shape you.

Our role in the city and region

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