A lower cost of living

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One of the first things new students ask us about Sheffield is how much things cost here. The answer's pretty simple: less than they cost elsewhere.

So however much you get in grants and loans for your living costs, it'll go further and last longer in Sheffield. And by the end of your degree there'll be less debt to pay off.

That just leaves the problem of what to spend your money on. With so many options for leisure and nights out in Sheffield, you're a bit spoilt for choice. But as problems go, that's quite a nice one to have.

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  • With more than 50,000 students in Sheffield, shops and services are queueing up to offer discounts. Stationery, cinema tickets, hairdressing, driving lessons, music, kebabs... you name it, you can save on it – just by flashing your student ID.
  • Sheffield is ranked as the fourth most cost-effective place to study in England in the 2015 Natwest Student Living Index.
  • Your transport costs will be a lot less than in other cities. In Sheffield it's an easy walk from our student accommodation to the University. And loads of buses offer a student fare of just 50p.
  • Our Students' Union – voted the best in the country on several occasions – offers a fine selection of shops, services and places to eat and drink at minimal expense.
  • In Sheffield the best things in life really are free. Well, some of them. A trip to our stunning galleries or museums, a walk or bike ride in the Peak District, loads of gigs every week across the city... they won't cost you a penny.

Wherever you go to university, it'll cost you. But in Sheffield it'll cost you less. It'll be more rewarding. It'll be more fun. And in the long term it'll pay you back many times over.

Now, if you need to know more about fees, funding, loans, bursaries and that side of things, our student finance web pages are just the place. Or to discover a load of great things to spend that money on, read about culture, leisure and sport (and shopping) in Sheffield or what it's like going out around here.