If you are currently wondering where to study, whether you have chosen your course or not, then why not consider Sheffield as your university of choice? Obviously, the actual university is important, but what about student life in the area? Here is an introduction to what university life in Sheffield is like. We hope it helps you to make that all-important decision.
The Student Population in Sheffield
There are two universities in the city – the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Together they account for 60,000 students, and this means that the city has around 10% of its population in the 20-24 age group.
The University of Sheffield ranks in the top 100 universities in the world and offers courses across five main faculties. It also has the best student union in the country, holding top place rankings for the last five years. Being campus based, everything is within the main site including the Western Bank and St George’s area of the city.
Sheffield Hallam University is based in the city centre and is the eighth biggest in the country with over 33,000 students enrolling each year. There are four main faculties which include the Sheffield Business School. There is also a secondary campus in the Ecclesall Road area to the south-west of the city centre.
As both universities look after so many students the city of Sheffield is filled with an energetic buzz, so there will always be someone to meet, and enjoy a night out with.
Living in Sheffield
Because the city has so many students, there are lots of different options in terms of accommodation. There are specialist companies that work with students to find the right type of accommodation, whether they are looking for somewhere on their own, sharing with a friend or even in larger groups. However, both universities also offer Halls of Residence if you prefer to live as near to campus as possible.
Getting around the city also means that you don’t have to live on the doorstep of the university you are attending. Sheffield Hallam is directly opposite both the bus and train stations while the University of Sheffield has its own tram stop linking to the network that covers the city. There are regular train connects with other big cities including London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool.
Facilities around the city
Just outside the city centre is Meadowhall Shopping Centre, which contains over 280 shops, so there’s never a struggle to find something that you need. It also has a cinema, dining quarter and there’s even a spa on site for a treat. The tram stops here and there’s plenty of free parking if you have a car.
The city centre has a great selection of chain pubs, cafes and restaurants with many offering special deals for students such as 2 for 1 cocktails in happy hour. Many of the pubs and clubs have special student nights as well. There is also the O2 Academy, where top acts are often seen, and plenty of art galleries and museums to explore.
Annual events include the Sheffield Film and Comic Con, and the Sheffield Comedy Festival is also good for a laugh. There is also Oktoberfest – 1500 people in tents drinking beer, eating food and dancing – what’s not to like?
So that was a very quick summary of Sheffield, and we hope it has given you a taster of what life might be like if you choose to study there. We wish you the best of luck in your search your perfect university, and hope you have found this guide helpful.