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Student life on a budget

We're one of the UK's cheapest cities for students

Sticking to a budget is part of life for most students. Thankfully, your money can go a little further in Sheffield.

We have been recognised as one of the most affordable cities in the UK (Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index 2022 and NatWest Student Living Index 2022). The cost of student accommodation is also well below than the national average (Unipol’s Accommodation Costs Survey 2021). You can enjoy great food, entertainment and nightlife on a budget, and there are plenty of free things to do.

Cheap essentials

Food, accommodation and transport can all come at a relatively low cost compared to other cities. We have big discount supermarkets as well as local markets and international stores that sell reasonably priced food.

Our Student accommodation is close to both campuses, so it’s possible to get around on foot to save money on transport. If you do prefer to catch a bus, student tickets can be as cheap as £1.20 for a single.

Student discounts

With two universities, Sheffield has a big student population – and a big student population means student-friendly businesses.

With your student ID and NUS cards, you can get money off everything from eating out to hitting the gym and heading to the cinema.

Free things to do

With 80 parks across the city and a number of galleries, there are lots of free places where you can relax and catch up with friends.

And if you fancy getting out of the city, head to the nearby Peak District National Park for some scenic runs and beautiful walks. The three-mile walking and cycling route from Hunter's Bar up the Porter Valley will get you to the edge of the Peaks for free.

You can also get involved in free activities through our Give it a Go programme. Try a new exercise or creative workshop or join in with volunteering. It’s a great way to have fun and meet new people – and best of all, it won’t cost a penny.


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