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Sheffield Guide For Students

A vibrant place with an interesting background, Sheffield has shed its industrial name tag and become one of the number one cities for socialising and entertainment amongst young people. Sheffield has seen a rise in its student population, and it’s no surprise considering the price of comfortable living as compared to other major UK cities. Throw in top class universities, exciting activities, and bubbling night life and you’ve got yourself a mouth-watering recipe for the ultimate student experience!

Sheffield’s a great place for breaking the boundaries and getting involved in something slightly out of the ordinary. Get fit at Ice Sheffield, a large ice rink close to the city centre, or visit Sheffield’s Ski Village and book onto some lessons with a difference! If you’re up to a challenge then check out The Climbing Works for some of the biggest walls around. For more regular sports Sheffield offers huge leisure centres within good distance of the universities, each with a variety of activities and dirt-cheap gym memberships.

Students who enjoy culture and art will love the quality selection of museums, galleries and theatres to be discovered around the city. The Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum are two of the most popular spots and perfect for a stimulating afternoon with a twist. Sheffield also offers three theatres, putting on performances ranging from independent plays to the West-End worthy!

Shopping is a favourite sport for most, and Sheffield lives up to expectations when it comes to unique shopping at great prices. Devonshire Quarter is home to 10 funky independent stores dishing out one of a kind trends and original pieces for you to cherish forever. It’s vintage, it’s urban, it’s inspired by life and music – basically the most fun you’ll have shopping, ever! The Forum cafe and bar is the cool down spot after exploring through the stores; serving delicious food and drinks in the day and throwing a different event on most nights. Devonshire Quarter is student friendly and a great place to spend the day at with friends.

If high street shops and quirky market stalls are more to your liking, then head down to Meadowhall Shopping Centre – the primary destination for any die-hard shopper. As in any good shopping centre, you’ll find all the regular stores ... and some irregulars too! When you’re done spending that cash choose a cafe or restaurant to relax in, or watch a film at the 11 screen cinema.

Keeping yourself properly fed without breaking the bank is simply done in Sheffield. The cultural feel of the city is enriched by the variety of cuisines available, so whether you fancy a filling Italian or want to be adventurous with an authentic African meal the choice is yours, and with most places offering student discount you’re unlikely to ever get bored!

Home to the Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield’s music scene leaves little to be desired. Sheffield Arena and the O2 Academy consistently book the very best in music acts; checking their websites on a regular basis will guarantee you don’t miss out. As well as big names, there are multiple venues around the city designed for more intimate live gigs with up-and-coming acts, so you’ll always be up to date with what’s happening on the scene. Sheffield even puts on a great festival every year – Tramlines is a melting pot of music and culture, plus entry is completely free!

Sun-set sees the streets of Sheffield come to life and fill up with eager party-goers ready to explore the eclectic clubbing scene each night. With hundreds of bars, pubs and nightclubs to choose from it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a few, but do check out Nocturnal for wicked student nights pumping out all the latest house music, or . For a great end to the week, check out The Plug for a huge mix of music served up over three nights, or for those searching out the gay scene there’s Climax on a Saturday! 

After a hard day at uni, or a hard night of partying, take your friends and your hangover cures to one of Sheffield’s many parks. As a third of the city is in the Peak District National Park, there’s plenty of greenery to be found. Popular student spots include Devonshire Green or the Peace Gardens, where you’ll find a quietly animated atmosphere to recharge your batteries in.

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