Living in Sheffield as a student
Sheffield is a city located on the River Sheaf, in South Yorkshire, England. 2 and a half hours away from London and under an hour away from Manchester by train, the city of Sheffield is home to over 577,000 residents who live and work here. One of the largest English cities in England, Sheffield has two universities, The University of Sheffield (or Sheffield University), and Sheffield Hallam University, which has over 28,000 and 30,000 students respectively.
With such a large population within its 367 kilometre square space, it makes sense that Sheffield has a large number of modern attractions, events, museums, and parks. There are more than 250 parks, woodland areas and gardens, including the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, the Peace Gardens and the Hillsborough Walled Gardens. Sheffield has its own Walk of Fame, two farm animal collections in Heeley City Farm and Graves Park, two large theatres (the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre), and six museums. Sheffield’s sporting history started with the world’s first football club, Sheffield F.C, formed in the city, and Sheffield now has numerous clubs that play in a wide variety of sports, from football to rugby to ice hockey and snooker. Sheffield is also known for its music scene, with a large number of famed bands and musicians, including Arctic Monkeys and Def Leppard, hailing from the city. That has led to an established live music scene that aims to promote both local and national musicians.
The University of Sheffield has two campuses in the city: the main one on the Western Bank and one at St. Georges. The Western Bank campus is 1.6km west of city centre, while the St. Georges campus is on Mappin Street, a 7min walk from city centre. Sheffield Hallam University also has two campuses; the City Campus is near city centre, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is in south-west Sheffield. Popular student accommodation areas include Crookesmoor, Crookes, Broomhall, Ecclesall Road, and near city centre.