Why you'll love Sheffield


For the feel-good factor

We've got that in spades. You'll be joining a community that's friendly and upbeat. You'll mix with staff and students from all over the world – sharing ideas and making those ideas happen. Sheffield is a sociable place to study, so you can expect to have fun.

We're top five in the UK for best overall student experience for the eighth year in a row (2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey).

For the experts

Above all, you can expect to be challenged.

Sheffield academics are passionate about teaching. And they work very hard at it. Sometimes that means finding new ways to challenge you. Sometimes it's about doing more to support you on your journey.

Students on grass in Sheffield

It's very much a symbiotic relationship. Students are here to learn from you, and you are here to learn from them.

Dr Ed Daw, Physics & Astronomy

Jumping on steps: students abroad

For your future

But it's not just about academic excellence. It's about experience that looks great on your CV – work placements, studying abroad, entrepreneurial ventures, and much more.

When you have a degree from Sheffield, employers expect you to be good. They know you'll be creative, disciplined, with experience of the real world. So whatever you decide to do, you'll have a head start in your career.

For the city

You'll be at the heart of a very special city. Sheffield is packed with people who want to make a difference, and buzzing with possibilities.

Sheffield is a city of stunning landscapes, with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do. Music. Sport. Culture. The great outdoors. Hands down, it's one of the best cities in the UK for student life.


Extraordinary experiences

Students abroadYour global Sheffield

International experience: You could study or work abroad, do international research, attend a summer school at one of our partner universities or learn a language. You can even combine all of these.

Spending time abroad: Many of our degrees include a built-in year abroad; others give you the option to decide once you've started your studies. With more than 70 agreements world-wide, our life-changing Study Abroad programme offers you the chance to study in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA. Most of our students are eligible to apply.

Our Students' Union also provides many global opportunities, including volunteering abroad and joining international student societies.

Students' Union with students on an open dayThe best students' union in the UK

We've been voted number one for the past 10 years in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

There's more to a successful students' union than great cafes, bars and nights out.

Sheffield Students’ Union plays a key role in the lives of our students providing support, representation, activities and entertainment for all. That’s why it has been recognised as the best since 2009.

Take your pick from over 300 clubs and societies. You can try out new activities through the Give it a Go programme or get involved with Sheffield Volunteering, one of the biggest schemes of its kind in the UK.

The class of 2017

Our graduation video dedicated to the extraordinary class of 2017.

Outstanding facilities

There are five sites with library facilities across the University and you’ll have access to all of them: Western Bank Library, the Information Commons and The Diamond (on campus); and The Health Services Library (at the Royal Hallamshire and the Northern General Hospitals).

The Diamond and the Information Commons are great places to meet up and work together. The Diamond is open round the clock and is unrivalled for its innovation in study facilities. The Information Commons is also open all day every day and has 1,300 study spaces.

Study spaces in the Diamond

Top-rated student accommodation at Sheffield

Top five for accommodation: Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

The majority of our accommodation (85%) is in one of the UK's most affluent districts. Most of it is new (2007–2009) and purpose built. 82% of our rooms are en suite. The student residences are walking distance from campus and we have places in the city centre, just a short walk from lectures.

Whichever location you choose, you'll be part of a supportive community where there's always something happening.

Come and see us

See for yourself why our students love our University and city.

We run open days and campus tours, or you can do your own self-guided tour.

Visit us on an open day



Sheffield – the city for students

There is nowhere like our famously friendly city.

See for yourself why students love Sheffield with our guide to living in Sheffield.

Intro Week