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Sheffield is famous for its culture and people and is home to two renowned universities. It’s a city that’s got plenty of beautiful sights to see and plenty to do. Sheffield’s a great place for people who like to party hard as well! It’s got a great nightlife and lots of places to explore! Welcome to the “world’s biggest village”.
If you’re new to the city, our Sheffield student guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
The first thing you’ll notice when you get to Sheffield is its futuristic-looking tram network.
The Stagecoach Supertram can take you anywhere you need to go, with regular stops all over the city centre. Hopping on a local bus is also an option.
The Meadowhall/Middlewood (yellow) route will take you to all of the cities sporting venues as well as the massive Meadowhall shopping centre.
The Halfway/Malin Bridge (blue) route will take you into Sheffield’s suburbs and out of the main centre, If you want to see some greenery, this route will take you straight to the sprawling Norfolk Heritage Park and the gorgeous Rivelin Valley.
Both routes will take you to the University of Sheffield Campus. For Sheffield Hallam students, you’ll need to use the Herdings-Park/Cathedral route.
For buses that stop at the University of Sheffield, the most frequent are the 51, 52 and 95 from the city centre and the 120 from Sheffield Transport Interchange.
If you’re travelling to the Sheffield Hallam campuses, you can get the number 81, 82, 83, 85 or 88 bus.
In terms of getting around by taxi, there are taxi ranks around City Hall and the train station. Buses and trams tend to do the job in Sheffield, but taxis shouldn’t cost you more than a fiver on average if you need one.
TIP: Take a look online for any day deals and student deals for buses and trams.
There’s something for everyone in Sheffield, whether you love a big night out, or like a nice quiet walk.
Sheffield has a number of beautiful parks as well as the picturesque Winter Gardens located in the city centre (perfect for a great Instagram pic).
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The New York Times once picked Sheffield as one of the finest places in the world for good beer, and for good reason! The Sheffield Tap, The Riverside and The Rutland Arms are all great spots to check out. If you fancy something a little different, Bungalow and Bears is a pub made out of a converted fire station! If you fancy grabbing some fancy cocktails, head over to Soyo. It’s a classy bar where you can share some drinks with some mates!
For any night owls among you, The Leadmill, The Corporation and Viper Rooms are three of Sheffield’s best nightclubs. If you’re a fan of House and EDM, Plug is a place you have to check out. It’s known for its great selection of music and is a haven for clubbers. That’s the tip of the iceberg though, as the city is home to a whole host of varied clubs and music venues. For LGBT students, OMG Sheffield is a great venue to check out. It’s got great drinks deals and often hosts extravagant RuPaul style drag nights!
For sports fans, there isn’t just one huge football ground to check out but TWO with Sheffield being home to the Hillsborough ground and Bramall Lane stadium! These are stomping grounds of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United respectively. The two both battle it out in the Championship and maintain a fierce rivalry, so pick a side! If you’re looking to get into something totally different sports-wise, be sure to check out the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team at the Sheffield Arena. The team is one of the best in the league and competes with teams from all over the country. Grab some hockey gear and support the side!
If you’re a bit of a culture vulture, the Millennium Gallery is a must-see. For lovers of the theatre, the Crucible Theatre is definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking to learn more about Sheffield history for a cheap price, Kelham Island Museum is open all year round at only £6 a pop!
If you want to grab a coffee, Sheffield’s got plenty of places to offer. Marmadukes Café Deli is a cosy place to check out. It’s “shabby-chic” layout makes it a favourite for locals. Couch is a great place to see. It does lovely lunches and does cheap deals on coffee throughout the day!
As Sheffield is the second biggest city in Yorkshire, all the major restaurant chains like Pizza Express and Nandos are here and easy to find. Almost any restaurant chain you can think of you’ll be able to find in the huge Meadowhall shopping centre, which is filled with plenty of places where you can grab a bite to eat!
Meat-lovers, be sure to check out Twisted Burger Co. The burgers are huge and the menu is completely music-themed!
Mud Crab Diner is a cool place to get a retro-themed snack. The diner is styled after 50’s American diners and is a style place to grab a bite to eat!
If you fancy some international eats, the Cubana offers up some great Spanish and Latin-American style tapas. Proove Pizza is a great place to share a huge pizza with some mates! If you’re in the mood for some delicious Mexican street-style food, be sure to check out The Street Food Chef. They’ve got a wide selection of delicious burritos and tacos to choose from, so dig in! Maveli is a great Curry House that serves up delicious spicy dishes at a reasonable price.
Any vegans moving to Sheffield should check out the Tampers Sellers Wheel. Its menu is inspired by authentic Kiwi cuisine and has tons of delightful dishes for vegans and vegetarians alike.
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One word. Meadowhall. The Meadowhall shopping centre (accessible on the Supertram yellow route or by train) is the biggest shopping centre in Yorkshire and the 8th largest in the UK. This shopping centre has over 280 shops offering you everything you could want. Better still, it only takes 15 minutes to get there by tram or train from the centre of town.
The city centre also has plenty of major chains as well as plenty of cool vintage shops. The Thrifty Store, Mooch Vintage, Vulgar and Brag Vintage are great places for anyone looking to pick up some old-school threads.
With two massive unis to its name, Sheffield has no shortage of student accommodation.
There are a handful of areas students tend to live in, both inhabited by Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield uni students alike. These are Broomhall, Broomhill, Crookes, Crookesmoor and Ecclesall Road.
Crookesmoor is a popular choice for students and this area has a high concentration of students living there. If you choose to live here, chances are you’ll be down the road from your mates. Crookes is also quite popular and is fairly close to Crookesmoor.
Broomhall and Broomhill are less populated by students and Broomhill is located at the top of quite a steep hill, which puts some students off. Broomhall is conveniently located though and close to the main uni campuses.
Ecclesall road is a popular choice as it’s located on the ‘Golden Mile’ of pubs and restaurants. This area is slightly livelier than the others, so if you like late nights you’ll be at home here!
All of these areas have something that makes them special in their own way though and you’ll have a blast in whichever area you choose.
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