Sheffield

Sheffield is a diverse city with a rich history and a vibrant mix of museums, galleries, bars and shops. Home to two major universities, its reputation for fantastic student experience is well-earned. Nestled in its own natural valley created by seven hills and the confluence of five rivers, the surrounding area is picturesque, and the Peak District national park is never far away. Meanwhile, whether it’s live music, high-quality theatre, good food, real ale or just a great night out, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the city centre. And at our Sovereign House accommodation, you’re perfectly placed to explore it all!

Student Living in Sheffield

  • How easy is it get around Sheffield?

    Sheffield is a city located in the North of England and is located a short distance away from Manchester and Nottingham (both under an hour by train).

    Sheffield has great transport links, including Stagecoach Supertram which has three tram routes, giving you easy access to the most popular places in and around Sheffield.

    The University of Sheffield has its own stop on Sheffield’s Supertram network. meaning you can get there from the railway station in less than ten minutes. The trams also stop at places like Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield Arena, Ice Sheffield, Valley Centertainment and the Meadowhall centre.

    Stagecoach also have bus routes around Sheffield, with discounted tickets on offer to students. A single student ticket is £1 and allows you to travel on any stagecoach bus, you can also get a 28-day student megarider ticket which for £43 a month, can be used on both buses and trams.

    Although there are great transport links, most places can be reached by foot. Both Universities are located in the city centre, only a short walk away from Sovereign House!

  • Which universities and colleges are based in Sheffield?

    Sheffield has two main Universities: University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

    Each university has a Student Union, which offers a range of activities:

    Sheffield Students’ Union

    Sheffield Students’ Union offers a wide range of club and societies to students which are a great way to meet new people, socialise and develop new skills outside of studies.

    Clubs and societies include: Book Society, Computer Gaming, Buddhist Society and Debating.

    For all activities see: https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/groups

    As well as clubs and societies, Sheffield Students’ Union have a great range of sports clubs to fit everyone’s preference.
    Sports Clubs include: Caving, Triathlons, Snowboarding, Canoeing, Subaqua, Judo, Cheerleading, Football and Hockey.

    For all Sports see: https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/get-involved/sport-sheffield

    Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union

    Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union also has a great range of societies for everyone to take part in; which again is a great way to socialise with new people and develop new skills outside of studies.

    Societies include: Architecture, Airsoft, Biosciences, Breakdance, DJ, Darts, Hindu and Ice Skating.
    For all clubs and societies: https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/get_involved/societies/

    Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union have a wide range of sports and activities, there’s something for everyone.
    Sports clubs include: American Football (men’s and women’s), Badminton, Climbing, Futsal, Netball, Rugby League, Swimming and Waterpolo.

    For all sports: https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/sport/team-hallam/sports-and-activities

    Each Year, both universities compete over a variety of sporting events, to be crowned the winner of Sheffield Varsity. The annual event is famous in the city and brings in crowds of over 4,000 students.

  • What is the student nightlife like in Sheffield?

    Sheffield has a thriving student scene with pubs, bars restaurants and clubs around the city to cater for the student population.

    Not only is the city lively, but the University of Sheffield Student Union offers a range of entertainment. The union has two bars, several club venues and even a cinema, so there is always something to keep you entertained.

  • Where are the best places to shop in Sheffield?

    Meadowhall Shopping Centre is the leading shopping and leisure destination in Sheffield. For all the iconic high street brands such as, H&M, House of Fraser, Lipsy and Miss Selfridge; this is the place to shop. Within Meadowhall, there are also a wide range of restaurants to dine at and even a cinema to watch the latest films.

    The Nichols Building is a vintage store that sells Arts, Crafts, Vintage Clothing and Retro Interior. You can buy, sell, or even just meet up with friends to have a coffee.

    Another place of interest to shop is Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre; which (like Meadowhall) has the favourite brands such as New Look, TkMaxx, Roman and Dorothy Perkins.

  • What are the job opportunities for students in Sheffield?

    Each of the Student Unions help students find part time work to fit around their studies. However, with Sheffield being a popular place of study for students and having a large shopping scene, there are plenty of part time job opportunities for students in the retail sector.

  • What else is there to do in Sheffield?

    Sheffield is a diverse city with a rich history and a vibrant mix of museums, galleries, bars and shops.

    Looking for something fun to do to get away from your studies? Why not try Awesome Walls? The first ever climbing centre to be awarded ‘National Performance Centre’ status by the British Mountaineering Council. They have a range of different walls at different angles and styles for you to try out.

    If you love your street art, why not wander around the streets of Sheffield, following the Feature Walls Trail Map? In 2016 Sheffield hosted the Feature Walls street art festival, where Artists painted large scale murals across the city. Most of these murals are still there today, which creates a cheap and fun day out.

    Sheffield is known as the outdoor city with the Peak District on its doorstep. Sheffield is the UK’s leading destination for people looking for outdoor adventure and rural escapes.

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