A city like no other
The best for student life
Choose the University of Sheffield and you're not just choosing one of Britain's finest universities. You're choosing a place to live that's the best in Britain for student life.
You're choosing a city like no other. A city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming, stubbornly independent, rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do.
There's all the buzz and stimulation of city life, but none of the stress. Instead there's the friendly, laid-back feel of a village and some staggeringly beautiful scenery. In Sheffield you get the best of both worlds.
Safest, friendliest, cheapest
Part of it is that Sheffield is safer than other big cities – an easy-going and tolerant place to live. Local people welcome the contribution students make to life in the city. And crime rates are lower – check out the stats in the box over on the right of this page.
In some cities people talk of 'student ghettoes'. These are deprived areas of town where all the student housing is located. We don't do that in Sheffield. We trust our students to live fully as part of the community.
This means we treat you like a grown-up. It means you're fully immersed in the day-to-day life of this fine city. And it means you get to live in some really nice areas.
And as if all that isn't good enough, the cost of living is less here than in just about every other university town in the UK.
Things to do, places to see
There's a pulsating grassroots creative arts community, a harmonious multicultural population, more parks and woodland than any other UK city, striking Victorian and modern architecture, big shopping at Meadowhall, small shopping at niche independent stores, the best pubs in Britain, dazzling public art, stylish restaurants, champion sport facilities, a legendary music scene, great cafes and coffee shops, secret parties, urban farms, Supertrams, seven hills, five rivers and two and a half million trees...
We could go on. And it's worth knowing that, after graduating, more students decide to stay on and live in Sheffield than in any other city.
But take a look round these pages to learn more – and then come and see for yourself. Book a place at one of our Open Days to look round the University, and while you're here take some time to discover our unique city. It's a city that we're proud to be part of.
People who come to Sheffield say it's an amazing place to live. Come to the University of Sheffield and you'll make this amazing place your home.