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Why it’s safe and affordable to study in Sheffield

Posted 20 October 2015
Why is Sheffield safe and affordable?

The University of Sheffield and its International College are currently home to over 5,000 international students from 125 different countries. The University was voted number one for student satisfaction in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey last year too. Why do our students love Sheffield? Because it’s safe, affordable, multicultural, welcoming and fun.

Student friendly

With the University and International College located right at the heart of the city centre, students are a major part of Sheffield life. According to the latest census figures, Sheffield’s population shows an unusually large number of people in the 20-24 age group – due to Sheffield’s significant student population. Student culture drives the music and creative arts scenes, and students give a big boost to local businesses. As a result, lots of local shops, cafes, bookstores, cinemas, theatres and other establishments welcome students warmly, and offer student discounts too.

A big welcome for international students

The University of Sheffield launched its award-winning #WeAreInternational campaign last year, celebrating the significant contribution that international students make to Sheffield and the UK. The university’s #BigSheffieldWelcome campaign is designed to make sure everyone who comes to Sheffield to study feels as welcome as possible, settles in quickly and forms great friendships with both students and locals. Throughout the year, lots of international student events are held by the University of Sheffield International College, and there’s always support on hand from tutors, specialist staff and advisors, so students feel cared for.

Smaller is cheaper

Sheffield is a relatively small city – which is great news for students on a budget. It means that getting around town is easy – on foot, by bike, or by bus – and transport is cheaper. Not having to commute far to university every day also saves you time; a 10-minute walk rather than an hour-long tube ride means there’s more time for your studies, catching up with friends, and exploring what the city has to offer.

Safe and affordable

Sheffield is consistently ranked as the UK’s safest major city. It’s also one of the best value cities to live and study in the UK, costing an impressive 25% less than London. Accommodation costs are relatively low, as house prices in Sheffield are relatively low. But it’s not just accommodation costs that are affordable; living costs in general here are 10% lower than the UK national average, which makes Sheffield an attractive study destination for students from around the globe – and students from the UK.

Accommodation options

As well as a broad selection of affordable private properties available to rent – from single bedsit flats to whole houses that are ideal for sharing with friends – you’ll also find fantastic student accommodation options, whatever your budget. Whether you’d prefer to stay in the leafy suburbs of the city, or in one of our student villages in the heart of the city, you’re guaranteed a safe, warm and affordable place to stay that’s convenient for university and a great place to make friends.

Lots of green space

Sheffield may have an industrial past, once being a major steel manufacturing town, but it’s also one of the greenest places to live in the UK. A third of Sheffield lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, and with over two million trees in the city, it has the highest ratio of trees to people in Europe. 

Great for travel

Located right in the centre of the UK, students in Sheffield have a great base from which to explore the rest of the UK. Whether you want to head north to Scotland, or have an exciting weekend in London, great transport links make it easy and affordable to see more of the UK while you’re here.