7 reasons to study in Sheffield

18 Aug 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room
Our reasons to study series looks at the best features of each uni city in the UK to help make your decision on where to study a little easier. In this article, we’re looking at Sheffield and all the reasons we think you should study in this great northern city.

1. The universities

Sheffield is home to two of the best universities in the country. The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group.  

The uni is known for its international focus, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic student life. Its different universities and colleges are all located close together in the city centre, putting students right in the heart of the action. The university’s strong academic reputation means students who graduate will leave with exciting career prospects.  

Sheffield Hallam is recognised for its student support, exciting facilities and postgrad opportunities. The uni has invested over £100 million in new facilities over the last five years, and 96% of its students find employment within 15 months of graduating. It doesn’t matter whether you’re studying at the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam – both offer an excellent university experience and plenty of opportunities after graduation.

2. The sports

Home to the oldest football club in the world and the World Snooker Championship, Sheffield is a great city for anyone interested in sports. Modern day football throws up an exciting rivalry between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, and a similar rivalry can be seen in the Sheffield Varsity which sees the city’s universities compete in over 80 sporting events.  

If you’re interested in playing as well as watching, Sheffield Hallam offers a range of state-of-the-art sport and fitness facilities that include a cardio fitness suite, gymnasium, Dojo and sports hall. The University of Sheffield’s Goodwin Sports Centre offers similar opportunities for students looking to join sports teams or keep on top of their fitness. You’ll find fitness classes, sports pitches, a high-tech gym, swimming pool, bouldering wall and squash courts at this diverse sports centre.

3. The best Student’s Union in the UK

The Student’s Unions at both universities are a worthy reason to study in Sheffield. Both host cool freshers’ fairs, exciting events and cheap nights out throughout the year. The University of Sheffield’s Student Union has even been voted the UK’s number one for five years running in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.  

The Student’s Union is in the heart of the University campus and is home to over 350 student-led societies, as well as offering a place for shops, food, live entertainment and club nights. It even features a 400-seat cinema!

4. It’s cheap!

Sheffield was ranked among the top 10 most affordable UK cities in the 2018 NatWest Student Living Index. The city offers everything you want from a great university city; from sports to music and nightlife, and you can enjoy it all without seeing your student loan disappear before your eyes. Cheaper cost of living will help you save money for travelling home or enjoying a holiday with your friends during the summer months.

5. Music, culture and festivals

The music, culture and festivals are another reason to choose Sheffield for university. The city offers a range of venues providing indie gigs, 80s pop nights or northern soul hangouts, so you can enjoy a vast range of music in the city that brought you the legendary Arctic Monkeys. The Fly DSA Arena hosts some of the biggest names in music while you can discover smaller gigs and the city’s rising stars at venues such as West Street Live and Yellow Arch Studios in Kelham Island. You can’t discuss life as a student in Sheffield without mentioning Tramlines. This annual festival sees tens of thousands of fans head to Hillsborough Park to see their favourite acts. The festival also features comedians, pop-up cinemas, and DJ sets, with music playing late into the night.  

6. Eccy Road

Eccy Road is known in Sheffield for being a student haven. The street is lined with pubs, bars and restaurants, and is found in one of the busiest student areas. We recommend the food and cocktails at Graze Inn or that you head to Endcliffe park for a BBQ on hot summer evenings.

7. The Peak District

Finally, Sheffield is known as ‘the green city’ with over 250 parks and green spaces found within the city. Not to mention it’s right on the doorstep of The Peak District, making it one of the best cities if you’re someone who likes spending time outdoors. Weston Park and Endcliffe Park offer students a place to meet friends for a sunny study session or a few drinks outdoors.  

If you’re looking for a little more adventure, The Peak District has trails and routes for mountain biking, caving and rock climbing. It’s the perfect place for outdoor pursuits for adrenaline junkies.

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Staff writer at The Common Room