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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.
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the cost of living is reasonably cheap in sheffield, i wouldn’t expect it to be too cheap as it is a city, but you can find nice houses and accommodation which aren’t too much to rent, the nights out in sheffield are amazing, i have been before covid hit so i have been able to experience a true night out in sheffield, however they haven’t been as good now due to the pandemic. if you’re looking for a uni go start i would recommend coming to sheffield.
Everything is easy access whether that’s getting a £1 bus! Or walking it’s super easy. There’s loads of different places that you and mates are able to eat and enjoy yourselves, it’s all close and not long walks meaning you can enjoy yourself more and not have the worry
Sheffield is a student city through and through, it offers everything you need at amazing prices. Having lived in the south east of england prior to Uni, I can say that your money definitely goes further in terms of food and transport.
Sheffield is a nice city, low cost but lots to offer. It closes to the peak national park which has stunning views. It also has all different cuisine to fill your taste bud. Especially there are lots of Chinese restaurants.
Sheffield is relatively cheap to live in due to the markets and variety of shops. Large variety of pubs and bars which go across all price ranges and a decent variety of independent shops and businesses in the city centre. Plenty more as you head outside and in the city centre public transport is not necessary even though it is there as due to Sheffield being so compact.
Very cheap place to live and go out. Variety of venues to suit everyone from indie at lead mill to basic pop at code and drum and bass at tank. Good transport links to surrounding areas and student discount offered on these services
The nightclubs are extremely expensive and charge you more than you would spend in a city like Liverpool all night just to get into one club. There is quite literally nothing to do in Sheffield besides the shopping centre which is a 20 min dram journey away.
Sheffield is really affordable comparing to most cities in the UK. The nightlife is really good there are a lot of student bars. For shopping you can get mostly famous brands here, but for more complete brands you can have a day trip to Manchester which only 50 minutes train ride.
Sheffield is a great student city if you’re wanting city life on a smaller scale.The cost of living can be cheap if you pick wisely where to shop. Moor Market is great for fresh, cheap and local produce, but there’s also plenty of other supermarkets. In terms of eating out, there’s lots to choose from, so again, it’s whether you want to make the meal cheap or not. Nights out are fun but unless you’re going out on West Street you’ll most likely have to pay entry fee or buy a ticket to whatever event is on. This is usually clubs like Code, Tank, Leadmill. Shopping in Sheffield city centre isn’t that great, but Meadowhall shopping centre is a train or bus journey away. There’s plenty of public transport from £1 bus tickets, trams and trains, otherwise be prepared to get trekking up and down Sheffield’s many hills.
The cost of living in Sheffield in comparison to other student cities is extremely cheap. Sheffield also offers a variety of amazing restaurants, shops and night clubs, which are great for students to help meet new people and create new friendships. Moreover, there is also a tram system within Sheffield which can take you to Meadowhall.
Great variety of restaurants, nights out are class (at the SU and the different clubs that bring in great DJs as well as West Street for a good boogie). Great pubs and bars offering a variety of drinks and music. Division Street offers fab independent and vintage fashion spots and Meadowhall is only a short tram journey away. Public transport is rarely needed because the city is so walkable but if needed then the bus is only £1 for students and a 40 min bus journey will take you to the heart of the Peak District
There are many food places around Sheffield and a lot to choose from so there is no problem when deciding what you want to eat. Shopping is easy, there are quite a lot of clothes shops in town as well as direct trains/trams to Meadowhall shopping centre. Public transport is easy to get access of. There are a lot of near bus stops at £1 for students as well as a shuttle bus for students. Ubers are also very easy to book. so there is no hassle for when you need to use public transport. There are many places to go to for a night out. West street being the main one with loads of bars and clubs.
Cost of living is good and it helps living near an Aldi. Plenty of options locally to eat and shop for a good price. Public transport is fantastic and close. Nights out aren't really for me but there is a lot of choice, particularly during the week.
Sheffield is great! Aldi is in the city centre and is great for shopping. Meadowhall( the shopping centre) is a 5 min train away and has an amazing food hall. Sheffield Centre also has a variety of places to eat out, some being on the moor. Nights out never get boring, you have the choice of code, tank,Corp and WEST STREET(I recommend going here!!!)
Sheffield as a city is very exciting and there is always events to go to and things to do. Its fairly cheap depending on your choice of activity, there is a night out for everyone with very cheap drinks especially on student nights. Meadowhall is only a short tram or bus ride away and there is everything you could want there. the public transport around sheffield is very regular which is necessary with the hills!!
Sheffield is very cheap, so good cost for what we are getting and very cheap for drinks/ meals etc.as a student, haven’t eaten out too much but the price is within a reasonable budget.nights out are average, some very exceptional places such as west street and some places to avoid;code, tank. Public transport is disappointing, sometimes on time sometimes cancelled but never tells you, so you could be waiting at a bus stop for hours
I have absolutely loved living in Sheffield, though the public transport was hard to get my head around at first due to not being used to trams but the nights out and everything else Sheffield has to offer is amazing!
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.
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.