Sheffield Student City Guide
Sheffield might be modest in size but it’s certainly not lacking in culture, bars, restaurants and history. From cocktails at The Great Gatsby bar to exploring the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, there’s a wealth of things to see and do in the compact city centre. Plus, you’re within easy reach of the Peak District National Park and the Trans Pennine Trail, ideal for students who want to embrace the great outdoors.
Home to the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield College, the city welcomes students from across the globe and is known for having a vibrant and multicultural community.
If your heart is set on Sheffield as somewhere you want to study then allow us to paint a better picture of the city. Read on for our Sheffield Student Guide and find out all there is to know about living as a student at Sheffield University.
While your studies should take priority, the social aspect of university life is also very important. Here we’ve rounded up just a handful of great places the city has to offer, whether it’s for dinner, drinks or simply to hang out with your coursemates.
The Sheffield Water Works CompanyOwned by JD Wetherspoons, this all-day restaurant and bar is housed in a brooding Victorian Building, conveniently close to the city centre. It has an extensive menu, quick service and bargain prices, meaning it continues to be a firm favourite among Sheffield University students. The atmosphere tends to be quiet and laid back, particularly midweek so it's a good place for grabbing a quick bite in between lectures.
The Depot BakeryThe smell of freshly baked sourdough bread alone is enough to lure you inside The Depot Bakery. Located on Burton Rd, about 19 minutes walk from Sheffield University, this artisan bakery serves delicious coffee, baked treats and toasties oozing with cheese. As a weekend treat, be sure to check out the brunch menu.
Bag a ticket to a play at The Crucible Theatre or catch your favourite band playing at The Leadmill, Sheffield has a thriving cultural scene with a wide variety of genres and venues to choose from.
The CrucibleA beloved icon in the centre of the city, the Crucible has played host to a starried line-up of actors, dancers and directors over the years since it opened in 1971. Its programme is well known for its seasons dedicated to modern playwrights; in recent years, Harold Pinter, Michael Frayn and Brian Friel.
Millennium GalleryThe gallery has a regularly changing exhibition programme showcasing some of the best in national and international art and design. You’ll also find permanent collection displays celebrating Sheffield’s metalworking prowess and the remarkable artefacts brought to the city by the artist and writer, John Ruskin.
Mayfield Alpacas Animal ParkYou might think South Yorkshire and South America are worlds apart. However, they have more than a shared love of football in common as both are home to alpacas. At Mayfield Alpacas, just outside Ringinglow on the edge of the Peak District you can spend the afternoon hanging out with these furry friends.
If you’re looking for retail therapy, you’re in the right place. Sheffield has several fantastic shopping destinations including Fargate, The Moor and Meadowhall.
You may or may not know that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK. One minute you might be in the thick of city life but just 10 minutes’ drive away you’ll be in the heart of the Peak District. Our best tips?
Peak DistrictDiscover Britain's first national park - The Peak District! It covers 555 sq miles and spills into five counties. The area offers many outdoor activities, ranging from cycling to horse riding and caving. The park is great for all ages and abilities with traffic-free cycling trails like the Monsal and Tissington Trails.
Explore the Rivelin Valley Nature TrailDiscover Sheffield’s Rivelin Valley Trail. This nature and heritage trail stretches 2.5 miles and links the city to Peak District National Park. It has 20 watermills and 21 mill dams, some dating back to the 16th century. With cascades and waterfalls stepping stones, rope swings and more, there's plenty to keep you entertained along the route.
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To fuel all of your explorations, why not consider applying for a part-time job? This will add to your overall university experience by giving you a bit of extra pocket money to play with. In Sheffield, there are a variety of jobs available from working as a barista in a coffee shop, in a retail store, as a tutor or even through a volunteering organisation.