Quick guide to Sheffield

Welcome to Sheffield. There’s a place for you here.

Four students looking at cityscape of Sheffield from Park Hill

A city like no other

Sheffield is an extraordinary place to live and study. It’s one of the major cities in the UK, yet 60% of it is green space. It’s a city that’s safe, affordable, creative and welcoming. Live here and you’ll get a vibrant big city feel as well as the space and adventure of the Peak District National Park which is (almost) on your doorstep.

A snapshot of Sheffield


Over half a million people live in Sheffield, and students make up about 10% of the population

An affordable city

Sheffield is an affordable city for student life according to the Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index 2022

One of the UK’s best student cities

Sheffield is the 4th best student city according to the Student Crowd Best Student Cities 2022

A creative city

Sheffield is known for its music, art and digital scenes, and has one of the largest regional theatre complexes outside London

A green city

A third of the city lies within the borders of the Peak District National Park. Stroll around or study in over 250 gardens, parks and woodlands. And we have over four million trees (and counting)

No 1 Students’ Union in the UK

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

A diverse city

Our global reputation for teaching and research attracts more than 29,000 students from over 150 countries

LGBT+ friendly

Sheffield is safe with welcoming spaces for LGBT+ students, including LGBT+ University accommodation

Why Sheffield?

Our students talk about their experiences living in Sheffield.

Self-guided City Tours

Fancy exploring Sheffield at your own pace? You can follow our self-guided city tour leaflet.

Download our self-guided city tour

A world-class university – a unique student experience

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.