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Sheffield, the home of Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, forms the final corner of the triangle made by nearby Manchester and Leeds.
Top 10 Tips for Students in Sheffield...
1. Best Student Union. If you’re at Sheffield Uni, you’re lucky enough to have one of the UK’s top Students’ Unions. It’s been voted number 1 by the Telegraph and the Times - your one-stop shop for societies, socials, snacks, shops, services and support… So get involved!
2. Travelling? Sheffield has good Megabus connections. It’s dirt cheap compared to the train. There are even a few tickets to be found for £1 if you book early and keep your eyes open. If you have an NUS Extra card you’ll also receive a 10% discount when booking online.
3.Alton Towers. If you fancy a trip to a leading theme park, Alton Towers is not far away, and with your NUS card you can save 40% off tickets!
4. Hungry? For a cheap, cheerful and convenient feed visit John’s Van, Sheffield Uni’s much-loved food van. You’ll soon feel like the friendly face dishing out the bacon is a long-lost part of your family!
5. Peak District. Outdoorsy folk, you’ll be in your element with the whole of the Peak District right on your doorstep. For those without a car, there are some nice spots closer than you think. Try Meersbrooke Park, or get a whiff of the countryside at Heeley City Farm.
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6. Discount. Vouchercode have a handy little app that will give you access to some great deals in your new location, including cheeky discounts at several popular retailers as well as some great entertainment and days out. Download it to your smartphone and get bargain-hunting!
7. Fancy a gig? Keep an eye on the Leadmill for some quality live music. If there’s nothing on that takes your fancy, it’s also a nightclub and hosts some popular student nights.
8. Shopping. Meadowhall’s pretty awesome for shopping, but it’s not your only option. There’s also Orchard Square, Fargate and the Moor, which has a brilliant market hall that’s just been re-done.
9. Winter Gardens. For a day trip, there’s the Winter Gardens for the budding botanist (horrendous pun totally intended), Wortley Top Forge for history geeks (free entry!) and the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in South Yorkshire for animal lovers and anyone who just generally fancies mixing it up a bit. These are good places to bear in mind if your parents decide to visit too.
10. West Street. If you’re on the lookout for a restaurant, West Street is a good place to start. There are plenty of pubs and bars there too.
- The Leadmill: The oldest independent music venue in the city, it still draws a crowd, as well as a varied lineup. Half of the time it hosts live gigs, and the other half of the time it’s a nightclub.
- Shopping spree!: Meadowhall is the big shopping complex with the multiplex cinema. The other main areas are Fargate, The Moor, and Orchard Square.
- The Crucible Theatre: As well as a regular rotation of plays, it’s also famous for hosting the World Snooker Championship.
- Devonshire Green: This small park, with it’s amphitheatre shape, is a great spot to grab some lunch with mates, and enjoy the live performances that go on all through the year. There’s also a skatepark right next door.
- Heeley City Farm: You may be in the heart of Sheffield, but city farms exist to give you that all-important breathing space. Pet a pig, cuddle a cow, have your essay eaten by a goat...
- Watch the sunset: Or the sunrise if the party lasted that long. Sheffield is quite hilly, so there are are some good spots around like Meersbrook Park. For those with a car, or who like long walks, the hills above Hathersage have good views back over the city.
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There's always loads to do and plenty of options for a great night out! It's so close to the peak district too if you fancy a visit to the countryside. Full of many friendly people, Sheffield is an all round wonderful city to live in!
Sheffield is a wonderful city for students as there are tonnes of nights out and there are plenty of shops with meadow hall and centretainment ( a food and cinema haven) being just a short bus ride or tram ride away. It super easy to get everywhere as there is so much public transport available.
I love this city to pieces. The drinks here are really cheap for nights out. The nights out are amazing. There are loads of restaurants around so finding a place to eat out is never an issue. There's a club night pretty much every night and there's a wide variety of clubs to go to. Meadowhall is just a tram ride away so for shopping it's great, that place is massive. With regards to public transport, the busses run with one every 10-20 minutes and there are a lot of different busses you can take. Tickets are £1 and that takes you anywhere in Sheffield. There's also a tram that goes right the way around Sheffield so you can always get that as well but it's a little more expensive.
It's very cheap to live in Sheffield which also helped with my budgeting and allowed me to spend my money responsibly. I love Sheffield as a city because it's a very studenty city so it was easy to make new friends from both my uni and Hallam.
There are amazing places to eat that have to be found, that offer not only brilliant food, but also at a reasonable, student price. With meadowhall just a tram ride away and town a little walk away there is plenty of opportunity for shopping and with the huge choice of clubs available nearby you always have a good, cheap night out
One of the cheaper cities to live, plenty of nice cheap places to eat, I.e. Wetherspoons, Taco Bell, smokehouse bbq, nandos, there's a night out every night, something for everyone, cheap drinks. Meadowhall a cheap train ride away
I'm living in sheffield as a student at hallam so live in Devonshire quarter in the city centre. Everything is so close by, clubs, bars, shops, supermarkets, takeaways, restaurants. The city is easy enough to walk around, I've never had to use a bus once! I just use the train to get to Meadowhall which I find it better for shopping than the city centre. Nights out are great! Everything's so relaxed and no need to get really dressed up for some places which is ideal when you decide to go out at midnight! It is also so cheap! Especially the student nights! Everywhere is always so busy aswell due to the city having 2 unis so whenever you decide to go out you'll have a great time and the people are so friendly!
Sheffield is in my opinion the best city you can possibly think of, a home away from home if you don't live in Sheffield to start with. Its friendly, green ethos invites any visitor and prices for anything from nights out to cost of living is quite cheap for its central location in Britain. Its a must visit/stay location!
Sheffield is fairly cheap to live in. You are always close to a tramline or bus stop which means its easy to travel and get about. The shopping in Meadowhall is great with a variety of shops. Nights out are good! Vodka revs and Carver Street are the places to go.
Bus fair is £1 for students here and the nightlife is great. If there aren't any shops or restaurants with don't take your fancy in the city( which is hard to believe) then get a short train or tram ride to Meadowhall shopping centre where there is a lot more fun to find :)
Sheffield is a fantastic city to be a student in. With 2 universities there is so much going on for students as well of loads of green spaces to chill when you need a break from study. There is also the Peak District on our doorstop which is absolutely stunning and a perfect escape. Sheffield has a inner city music festival every year called Tramlines as well as loads of really goo live music gigs. There is also a thriving underground music scene with warehouse parties catering to house, techno, dub, reggae, jungle and garage tastes.