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Living in Sheffield

Over 63,000 students and 500,000 people are proud to say “I’m from Sheffield.” It’s a friendly, safe, multicultural city in the north of England offering plenty to see and do. 

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.

Located in the county of South Yorkshire, in the north of England, Sheffield offers plenty to do both in the city and surrounding area. You can easily travel around the UK from here too.

Born in Kenya. Made in Sheffield.

Ali in the Sheffield campus grounds

The good thing about Sheffield is things are closer in the city centre. It's really good for student life. People are so much friendlier, more patient. You feel more welcomed and warm.


International Foundation Year in Business, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities

BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management and Economics

England’s safest major city, according to the UK Peace Index.

Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England.

60% of the city is green space.

Top 10 most affordable UK university cities. 
(The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Living Index 2019)

Study in Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is in an ideal location. The campus is set around the city centre, with all departments just a short walking distance from each other, or a very short ride on the bus or tram.

The Students’ Union has been voted number one for ten years running and is the place to be at the heart of the university campus.

Student life in Sheffield

Student life in Sheffield

Close to campus you’ll find:

Restaurants serving food from around the world.

A large range of independent cafés and coffee shops.

A safe, friendly and affordable home

Sheffield is a safe and friendly multicultural city – where students are valued as a part of the city's vibrant community. There is lots to see and do when you live here. Find out more about living costs in Sheffield to begin planning your adventure.

There’s plenty of things to do in Sheffield for students. Music is a big part of the city, with annual events and festivals. Some of the UK’s biggest rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Pulp emerged from here. You’ll also find award-winning theatre, exhibitions and activities. 

  • Annual Tramlines Festival
  • Award-winning theatre
  • Kelham Island Museum’s industrial history
  • Sheffield Botanical Gardens 
  • The Millennium Gallery.

The Peak District, the UK’s fifth largest national park. Discover dramatic countryside just a short bus ride away from the city centre. Here you can enjoy: 

  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Picnics 
  • Chatsworth House – home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire 
  • Wildlife
  • Horse riding.

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 modern tram system you can use to travel around too.  

  • 60% of the city is green space
  • 2 million trees
  • 250 gardens, parks and woodland areas
  • City boarders the Peak District national park.

University of Sheffield location

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.