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Living in Sheffield
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.
Read Sheffield Reviews
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!
Cost of living is pretty cheap. Ut depends where you go to eat out if it will cost alot. Nights out were good but it boring now. MeadowHELL is amazing when it not packed and public transport would of got five stars but because first buses it lose one
Such a lovely, simple, loving city. Almost like a very big town to me. The public transport is great, with trams available and buses, though some vary to one every hour depending where you going, but most city buses come every 10/20 minutes. Trams are much more frequent! So many amazing places to eat out, especially local independent shops around Division street and West street, where you can hang out with friends. So many lovely cafes to work or chat in, not just the regular Costa or Cafe Nero. Shopping is also popular, in Meadowhall and around town and the Moor, with the highstreet stores, such as H&M, Topshop, Monki, River Island etc, but also so many vintage stores around West Street and Town that are becoming more popular.
Eating Out is relatively expensive so I usually cook in the flat. The kitchen is big and coop and tesco is close to the flat. Public transport can be used for shopping in IKEA and meadowhall. The city is nice and peaceful, which is good for living and study.
Buses are cheap, nightlife is great. Plenty of food choice, only issue is Burger King is so far away (in the train station??) Meadowhall is far but has lots of shopping/food areas. I never get the tram. West street is full of bars, pubs and clubs, there’s lots of choice.
Sheffield is quite cheap to live in. There are lots of diverse restaurants from different cuisines with lots of halal and dessert places. The city centre doesn’t have many shops but meadowhall (the mall that is ~15 min away from the city centre by tram) has more options.
Cost of living and be much in some areas but that depends who you go with. There are loads of amazing places to eat and drink. Nights out are always being great for me I met loads of amazing people and made great friends on my adventures around the city.
Sheffield is a completely different city from where I come from, so I would say this experience is so new and is definitely out of my comfort zone. However, I really like the environment here, especially as a student, everything is close to each other and I would always feel safe walking on the streets.
Sheffield is cheap to live in, where drink and eating out is affordable. Transport is great for students since you can travel for as little as £1 for a single journey and free buses to campus. There are plenty of shops close by to the student accommodations, which are a short walk away with plenty for everyone to like.
£1 for a single bus ticket which can take you all over the city which is thanks to the student union student comity. There are some good pubs about the city and the subject societies do organise good events around the town but the union isn't that good and most of the events they hold are mediocre.
Sheffield is a pretty good city to live in. There’s a wide variety of pubs and clubs, lots of things to do in terms of shopping and days out. The main centre is never too busy but there’s lots of amenities. There’s also some lovely green areas if you know where to look. The public transport seems okay too - not amazing but perfect fine for daily use.
Sheffield is a nice place, there isn't much to do in the day but there are some really good clubs. Places like corporation do deals like free entry when you wear school uniform on Wednesdays. They also do events for Halloween and other holidays. Corp is so chill you could literally go wearing a binbag and no one would care. There's also hallam nation at Crystal on Wednesdays.
Can be expensive to live in Sheffield, however it makes it worth the experience. In general it’s just the accommodation that can be costly, however not as much as many other cities. Everything else is cheap. Great nights out that hardly costs anything, cheap food and shops/fast food restaurants around each corner and always open for emergencies.
It is a great city to be in as a student. The transport is quiet good and cheap. The best shopping can be done in Meadowhall other than that there is only one good street which is quiet small where good shopping can be done.
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