Sheffield on a budget
Sheffield was named the most affordable student city in the UK by The Royal Bank of Scotland's Student Living Index 2021. Accommodation, social life and living costs are all well below the national average – and there are plenty of things to do that cost nothing.
Almost a third of Sheffield is covered by the Peak District national park, some of the most beautiful natural views in the UK. From hiking to mountain biking, climbing or fell running, the Peaks are perfect for anyone looking for a cheap day out.
Parks and gardens
When the sun is out and the sky is blue, there are tons of outdoor spaces to enjoy in the city. Sheffield Botanical Gardens is the place to sit back and relax or take a trip out of the city centre to Meersbrook Park or Bole Hill for stunning views. It’s also an excellent study space if you want to get outdoors and enjoy the weather during the summer months.
Soak up some art
Sheffield’s got one of the biggest art scenes outside London, with countless galleries and studios you can visit for free, such as the Millennium Gallery and Site Gallery in the city centre. Or, you could spend a whole day walking around the city soaking up some of the diverse street art on Sheffield's buildings.
Guest talks and panels
Sheffield often has free talks and debates you can go along to and gain some new knowledge. You'll find talks and panels at the University and the Students' Union, as well as around the city. Every October, Off the Shelf festival brings literary talks and readings to the city, many of which are free.
Head out the back of Sheffield train station and climb the stairs for one of Sheffield's best views. The amphitheatre is a great spot for sightseeing and relaxing on sunny days. In the warmer seasons, you can watch the sun go down or experience pop-up cinema events.
From Zumba to learning a language, Give it a Go provides students with a full calendar of activities to try during your studies. Sessions are run by the Hallam Students' Union and many are free. Endlesslovecreative run monthly free drawing workshops in Sheffield's outdoor spaces.