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8 Reasons Why Living in Sheffield is Great For Students

25 November 2021

Sat perfectly in the centre of the UK, Sheffield is one of the UK’s largest cities. Once dubbed the ‘Steel City’, the South Yorkshire metropolis was famed the world round for its 19th-century steel-making prowess. 

Sheffield has since graduated from its industrial past, gaining a new reputation as one of the greenest cities in Europe. 

If you’re considering visiting Sheffield to study, there’s a whole host of reasons why you should make this city your home. We’ve narrowed it down to provide you with our top eight. 

The greenery 

Sheffield is bristling with green spaces and has earned a reputation as one of the greenest cities in the UK, and Europe. It’s home to over 2 million trees, meaning roughly four trees to every resident. 

It also boasts over 250 designated parks and green spaces, making it easy for you to get that little bit closer to nature. Whether you fancy a picnic on the lush lawns of Weston Park, right next to the University of Sheffield, or enjoying the exotic foliage of the Botanical Gardens just a 5-minute walk from the city centre, you’ll never have to stray far for a breath of fresh air. 


The countryside

Speaking of fresh air, Sheffield is also the closest major city to a national park. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District National Park, this has to be one of the top benefits of living in Sheffield. 

From the City Centre, you’re less than 10km away from the Peak District, and there’s plenty of transport links to get you there. Here you can stretch your legs on the park’s numerous walking trails and soak in some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. 

The education

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already thinking about your journey into higher education. Well, you’re in safe hands. Sheffield is home to not one, but two world-class universities. 

The University of Sheffield is a leading academic institution, currently ranked 17th in the UK according to the QS World University Rankings. Neighbouring university, Sheffield Hallam University, is currently ranked 47th on the Guardian’s Best UK University league table. 

Between them, they offer a diverse range of courses, state-of-the-art learning facilities and fantastic opportunities to enhance your employability.


The music

Sheffield is the birthplace of many of the nation’s favourite artists. With musical legends from the Arctic Monkeys to Pulp, the city has a rich musical heritage. 

Rising stars are nurtured through the city’s thriving underground music scene. Countless gigs are organised throughout the city at iconic venues such as Yellow Arch Studios in Kelham Island. 

Each year, the city also hosts its own prominent music festival, Tramlines, which sees some 35,000 festival-goers flock to Hillsborough Park to witness indie and rock icons in action. 

The diversity 

Attracting students from over 150 countries around the world, Sheffield represents a wonderfully diverse community. The same is true for its residents. 

As one of the UK’s most diverse cities, you’ll get to experience a real melting pot of cultural influences. Whether that’s in the city’s vibrant markets such as Ozmen Internation and Moor Market or Sheffield’s wealth of authentic restaurants offering diners mouthwatering global cuisine. 


The sports 

Sheffield saw the beginning of British football, with Sheffield Football Club being the world’s oldest football club. Today the city’s sporting successes aren’t just limited to football, raising sports personalities across all manner of sports from swimming to snooker. 

The Universities are no exception, with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam offering a wide array of sports societies to their students. This comes to a head each year at Sheffield Varsity, where teams from both universities go head-to-head in over 80 sporting events. A must-see for any Sheffield student. 


The culture

Aside from its love of music, the city is a real cultural hub, with Sheffield City Centre offering an array of arts and entertainment venues. Its award-winning three-theatre complex, Sheffield Theatres, is the UK’s largest outside of London. 

Alongside performing arts, the city also enjoys leading art galleries, such as S1 and the Millenium Gallery, displaying contemporary, classic and industrial exhibits. The city also has a thriving cinema scene and plenty of museums and other attractions. What’s more, students living in Sheffield will often get discounted entry! 


The opportunity

Sheffield has blossomed over the years due to significant continued investment into regeneration and development projects. The heartland of British manufacturing, the city and surrounding areas have attracted huge multinational companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce. 

This offers student residents a whole host of opportunities to gain experience and employment in the area. It’s no wonder that around 35% of each year’s graduate cohort decide to stay in the city to live and work. 


So there you have it, our top reasons why living in Sheffield would be a great choice for your university experience. If you’ve made your decision, why not check out our wellbeing-focused student accommodation at Hillside House. It’s the perfect base from which to explore all that Sheffield has to offer.

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