A city like no other

Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre

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.

A special place

  • 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)

An extraordinary place

Aerial view of SheffieldChoose the University of Sheffield and you'll discover an extraordinary place to live and study.

You're choosing a city of stunning landscapes, and a city that's creative, welcoming, stubbornly independent, rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do.

There's all the buzz and stimulation of city life, but none of the stress. Instead there's the friendly, laid-back feel of a village and some staggeringly beautiful scenery. In Sheffield you get the best of both worlds.

Green spaces

From the Winter Garden to the woodlands that dot the city, you'll find parks and green spaces throughout Sheffield. Around a third of Sheffield lies within the borders of the Peak District national park – and the city's residents certainly know how to make the most of its beautiful back garden.

You don't need to travel far to experience incredible cycling, climbing and walking routes in Sheffield.

Culture, leisure and sport

Safe, friendly, low cost of living

Sheffield is an easy-going and tolerant place to live, and local people welcome the contribution students make to life in the city.

The UK Peace Index (PDF, 6.6MB), a study using Home Office data, measured levels of peacefulness in the UK from 2003 to 2012 and found Sheffield to be England's safest major city.

And as if all that isn't good enough, Sheffield is one of the cheapest student cities in the UK – ranked among the top 10 most affordable UK university cities in the 2017 Natwest Student Living Index.


A lower cost of living

Things to do, places to see

The Peak District National Park extends well inside the boundaries of SheffieldBut there's more to it than that. Whether you're after a bit of culture or just having fun and games, there's nowhere better to live than Sheffield.

If you love the great outdoors and city culture, explore running, walking, climbing and city experiences with Sheffield: the outdoor city.

There's a pulsating grassroots creative arts community, a harmonious multicultural population, more parks and woodland than any other UK city, striking Victorian and modern architecture, big shopping at Meadowhall, small shopping at niche independent stores, the best pubs in Britain, dazzling public art, stylish restaurants, champion sport facilities, a legendary music scene, great cafes and coffee shops, secret parties, urban farms, Supertrams, seven hills, five rivers and two and a half million trees...

We could go on. And it's worth knowing that, after graduating, more students decide to stay on and live in Sheffield than in any other city.

The best students' union in the country

And right at the heart of campus you'll find first-rate entertainment, brand new facilities and vital support services at our award-winning Students' Union. Find out why our Students' Union is number one in the UK.

Come and see us

Take a look round these pages to learn more – and then come and see for yourself. Book a place at one of our open days to look round the University, and while you're here take some time to discover our unique city. It's a city that we're proud to be part of.

People who come to Sheffield say it's an amazing place to live. Come to the University of Sheffield and you'll make this amazing place your home.

Visit us on an open day

Sheffield city centre showing Winter Garden