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Sheffield - a great student city

Sheffield - a great student city

More than 50,000 students live in Sheffield. It's green, lively, independent, safe, inexpensive and creative. We think it's the best place in the UK to be a student.

Although it's the UK's fifth largest city, the friendliness of the people makes Sheffield feel like a big village. Many students fall in love with it and choose to start their careers here after they graduate.


In the Which? University Student Survey 2014, our students scored us 84% for our nightlife.

And because students are such an important part of the local economy, almost all of the city's bars, cinemas and restaurants offer a student discount, making your money go further.


As well as a thriving local music scene, we have Britain's largest theatre complex outside London and nine major art galleries, including the award-winning Millennium Gallery directly opposite our City Campus, and our own Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery.

The great outdoors

Sheffield combines a bustling student city with access to the vast open countryside of the Peak District.

Just 20 minutes down the road, it's one of the UK's most beautiful national parks - and one of the reasons Sheffield was voted the best city in the UK for countryside lovers in a BBC poll in 2014.

Sheffield has claimed the title 'The Outdoor City'. Discover some of the outdoor activities we celebrate taking place on our doorstep.

Festival city

In Sheffield you don't have to get out of the city for a major festival. From Tramlines, an annual music festival attracting 100,000 people, to international film festival Doc/Fest and Sheffield Food Festival, there's always something exciting going on.

A creative hub

The creative and digital industry is one of Sheffield's biggest, providing almost two fifths of the region's jobs. We have more artists' studios than anywhere in the UK outside London, and the city's independent spirit makes us an ideal home for Made, the national festival for entrepreneurs.

I've loved studying in Sheffield and fell in love with the city the first day I moved in. There are a lot of students here, which means the entire city – restaurants, nightclubs, shops, pretty much everything – is aimed towards you.

Danny Gibbs, architecture graduate

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