Campus life

The University of Sheffield campus is in the heart of the city and has everything you need within walking distance. You’ll find excellent facilities, study areas and the number 1 Students’ Union in the country.

Join in from day one at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College is located on the main campus. As an International College student, you are welcome to join in with many of the events held by the University and Students’ Union. You can join societies, start your own club or get involved in campaigning for a better future as an associate member of the Students’ Union. 

No. 1 Students’ Union

Students rate the University of Sheffield Students’ Union as the very best in the UK – it has been voted number 1 for the past seven years in a row by the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (2017-2024).

What's on campus?

The Students' Union has its own bar, café and restaurant run by students. It’s a great place to meet friends or grab some lunch. The Union is also about representing the issues that matter to you most. The student council helps you get your voice heard and has a dedicated officer for international students.

Everything you need:

  • 350 clubs and societies
  • Bar, café and restaurant
  • Box office for tickets to concerts and performances
  • Musical and theatrical events
  • Student council
  • Support services
  • A bookshop
  • State-of-the-art fitness centre, with a gym, fitness classes, and a heated indoor pool.
Sheffield town

Explore the campus

Watch a video of University of Sheffield campus or take a virtual 360 tour of the International College, the University and city of Sheffield.

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Student clubs and societies

There are hundreds of university clubs and societies on campus. You can try something new, build a new strength and make new friends. If you aren’t sure what you want to try, the ‘Give it a Go’ programme is a great way to sample different societies on a trial basis. You simply buy a ticket to attend an activity once and then you can see if you like it. 

Develop leadership skills volunteering at schools and charities, write for the student newspaper or try out the bouldering wall on campus. You’ll definitely find something that interests you.

Opportunities to get involved include:

  • Sheffield volunteering
  • Film making
  • Fashion
  • Faith groups
  • Sheffield entrepreneurs
  • Natural history
  • Dance
  • DJing
  • Sports.

University of Sheffield facilities

Sheffield has everything you need to study, relax and socialise:

  • Western Bank Library — home to new media, digital works, texts and research materials
  • The Diamond — provides exceptional engineering facilities as well as study areas for all undergraduate students
  • iForge — UK's first student-led makerspace, with facilities include laser cutters and 3D printers. The iForge is open to all students, regardless of what they are studying.
  • Information Commons — a multi-purpose learning environment and library with 24-hour access
  • The Arts Tower — the tallest academic building in the UK, and the city’s second tallest building makes for an exciting place to learn
  • Plus many restaurants and cafes on campus.


The Goodwin Sports Centre has excellent facilities for students at the University and International College:

  • State-of-the-art fitness centre with gym, fitness classes and heated indoor swimming pool with sauna and steam rooms
  • Sports pitches
  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Bouldering wall
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts.

International community

You will be part of a community of international students as the University is where the popular 'We Are International' campaign began. Sheffield students wanted to highlight the importance of welcoming international students to world-leading universities, and now the award-winning campaign has been taken up across the UK. Follow the popular #WeAreInternational hashtag for updates. 

No. 1 for clubs and societies

(StudentCrowd Awards 2023)

Golshan from Iran

Born in Iran. Made in Sheffield.

There are societies for all nations in Sheffield. I think joining the societies helps the homesickness. We have Sheffield Iranian film nights every Monday. We play Iranian films and we have an Iranian discussion.

International Foundation Year Business, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities
BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management and Economics

Become a Student Ambassador

We have an exciting opportunity available at the International College to develop your social media skills and contribute to our social channels!

Get involved in taking over our social media, writing fun blogs, hosting Q&A sessions, shining bright at events, starring in our marketing materials, sharing your daily activities, and creating engaging content through photos and videos.

Of course, this would also be an impressive experience worth adding to your CV. Once your Student Ambassador role comes to a finish, you will receive a LinkedIn recommendation from us based on your performance.

“Choosing to apply to the student ambassador position was way out of my comfort zone, I can just be honest about that. But I'm grateful for the opportunity and it made me get more skills and apply them in my daily life. It made me more open to speaking to different people and getting different perspectives from other ambassadors” – Awrad, a previous Student Ambassador

Student holding books on stairwell


Explore our range of pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College and get prepared for your degree of choice at Sheffield.

Chukwuemeka from Nigeria

How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, semester dates and entry requirements.

Ready to join us?

Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer any questions you have about studying with us.