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Free things to do in Sheffield

Sheffield is one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. Accommodation, living costs and going out are all cheaper than the average. Even better: if you don't want to spend anything at all, there are plenty of things to do that cost nothing!

The Peaks

Almost a third - 355,000 acres - of Sheffield is covered by the Peak District national park, some of the most beautiful natural views in the UK. Whether you prefer to look at the vast, untouched countryside or want to explore the many hidden rural treasures, the Peaks are a winner for anyone looking for a cheap day out.

Botanical Gardens

When the sun is out and the sky is blue, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a place to sit back and relax. It’s also an excellent study space if you want to get outdoors and enjoy the weather during the summer months.


Sheffield’s naturally creative, entrepreneurial spirit means we don’t have only the usual high street chains. You can spend hours browsing the wares in the city's many independent shops. Wander around Division Street in the city centre and Ecclesall Road near Collegiate Campus and window shop at the many local boutiques and vintage emporiums.


The 'Sheffield Life and Times' exhibition at Weston Park Museum tells the story of the city from the perspective of those who have lived there. It’s a great way to find out about the place from those who know it best. The museum also boasts an impressive woolly rhino - that's enough to warrant a visit on its own, surely?

Snooker at the Winter Gardens

Every spring, the World Snooker Championship comes to the Crucible, just next to our City Campus. You don’t even need a ticket to watch the action – there’s a big screen set up outside the theatre. If you fancy getting your face on TV, you can even drop by and be part of the crowd during the the BBC’s live analysis in the adjacent Winter Gardens.

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. Not only that, but you could spend a whole day walking around the city soaking up some of the diverse and amazing fine street art emblazoned on Sheffield's buildings and walls.

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