Fresh air, excellent student life and affordable
Living in Sheffield
Sheffield has it all. Café culture, vibrant night life and relaxing green spaces. What will you discover in Sheffield?
An extraordinary place to study
Sheffield is one of the UK’s most popular places for students to go to university. The city is large enough to offer a great range of restaurants, shopping, theatre, cinemas, bars and culture; yet small enough to find your way around quickly and feel part of the community. Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England and just over two hours by train from London.
Join in with the fun
Sign up to a society. Here are just a few examples of what’s on offer:
- Sheffield volunteering
- Film making
- Engineers Without Borders
- Sheffield Entrepreneurs
- Natural History
- Faith groups
Safe and friendly
Our students are valued as a part of the city’s lively community.
The UK’s greenest city
Sheffield is the UK’s greenest city and offers many spaces for you to relax in the sunshine or rain. For example, the indoor Winter Garden in the city centre offers a sheltered place to relax. There’s a quiet, modern tram system to get you around too. If you’re looking for more space, the Peak District National Park is just outside the city – perfect for hiking, climbing or a picnic. You can walk there or take a bus or train to enjoy the local countryside.
A safe, friendly and affordable home
Sheffield is a safe and friendly multicultural city. This was proven when the most recent UK Peace Index ranked Sheffield as England’s safest major city.
The cost of living in Sheffield is also low compared to other student cities in the UK. Accommodation, travel and entertainment are all available at affordable prices. Most University buildings are within a short walking distance. It’s easy to get around the city on foot but trams and buses are also available.
Our students are valued as a part of the city’s vibrant community which is home to more than 50,000 students. Most places offer student discounts, so make sure you keep your student ID with you to save money on food, entertainment and shopping!
Meeting people is easy
The Students’ Union is central to student life in the UK. The University of Sheffield has the best union in the country – it has been voted number 1 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for eight years consistently. This is the heart of the University, where you can choose from hundreds of societies to join and find student support. The Students' Union has its own bar, café and restaurant run by students. It also houses the council that represents student issues – international students also have a dedicated officer.
We are International
Sheffield students wanting to highlight the importance of welcoming international students to world-leading universities started the ‘We Are International’ campaign. The award-winning campaign has been taken up across the UK since but Sheffield still leads the way, producing useful videos about visa applications and the popular #standbyme selfie hashtag.
Sheffield and you
When you join the University of Sheffield International College, you are welcomed into student life at the University. You can join societies, start your own clubs and get involved in campaigning for a better future as an associate member of the Students’ Union. As an international student here, your contribution will be valued and respected. Additionally, the city and everything it has to offer will be easily accessible to you. Join in the fun by signing up to a society.