Sheffield is home to two universities – the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University – and an estimated 45,000 students flock to the city every year. There’s an active student scene in the city, with great nightlife and dedicated student nights at local nightclubs for the city’s university students.
Sheffield is a diverse city with a vast range of attractions, including a lively music scene, amazing food, tons of entertainment options and great shopping. The city is also incredibly green and boasts many natural spaces, including the Sheffield Winter Garden (pictured), the Peace Gardens and the Botanical Gardens.
Some interesting facts about Sheffield:
- 61% of Sheffield is green space, while a third of the city is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park
- Sheffield has one of the UK’s most technologically advanced tram networks, making it really easy to get around
- Home to Leadmill, regularly voted the best live music venue in the country
- Sheffield was a major centre for steel production in the 18th and 19th centuries and is often referred to as the “Steel City”
- Sheffield’s name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city
- The suburb of Hallam is one of the wealthiest areas in the country
Sheffield is one of the largest cities in the UK and has a vibrant cultural scene to meet the needs of its growing population, hosting various music and arts festivals throughout the year. With two train stations, an active bus network and a modern tram system, getting around the local area is quick and simple.
Developing its economy from its original industrial roots, Sheffield has attracted new investment and is now a major retail centre. As well as high street shopping, Meadowhall Shopping Centre gives Sheffield great retail opportunities. In terms of leisure, Valley Centertainment is home to a bowling alley and the largest Cineworld in the country, and the city has several popular student areas including West Street and Kelham Island.
The shopping is of a very high standard here too with designer boutiques and department stores aplenty. The Moor Precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter are the most well-known names. The enormous Meadow Hall offers an abundance of shops where you’ll find everything – from that little black dress to blue suede shoes and, for more leisurely mooching, Ecclesall Road is a mile-long stretch of fashion boutiques and up-market stores.
Whatever type of food you’re seeking, we can guarantee that you won’t have a problem finding it here! Sheffield is packed with restaurants and gastro pubs to delight any appetite and budget. Here are some of the best restaurants in Sheffield:
- The Hidden Gem – it’s a real ‘hidden gem’, with friendly staff, excellent service and amazing food. You ought to check it out!
- Cossack Cuisine – this restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious international food along with great service and a lovely atmosphere. You will definitely want to come back.
- Edo Sushi Takeaway – a very small place that offers great sushi and light Japanese dishes. You get good value for money and the service is always very efficient, chances are this takeaway will become your go-to-place for Japanese.
Due to its large student population, Sheffield has a thriving nightlife with numerous places that guarantee a great night out. If you’re looking for traditional pubs, you might want to check out the Kelham Island area, just outside the city centre. Fat Cat on Alma Street is one of the best pubs you’ll find in Kelham Island, definitely worth checking out. The Harlequin, Kelham Island Tavern and The Riverside are other traditional pubs you can find in this area.
In the city centre, the buzzing and lively bars can be found on West Street, an area very popular with students. Cavendish, Varsity, Reflex, Soyo and The Hop are some of the best venues in this area.
Sheffield has two major theatres – the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible, which together with the smaller studio make up the largest theatre complex outside London. The Showroom is Sheffield’s independent four screen cinema situated in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter, one of the biggest in the UK.
Sheffield has a long and rich sporting heritage, especially when it comes to football. Founded in 1857 by a group of cricketers, Sheffield F.C. is the world’s first-ever official football club. And that’s not all! Hallam F.C. is the world’s second-ever official football club and is based at the world’s oldest football stadium – Sandygate Road, located in the suburb of Crosspool. By 1860, there were 15 football clubs in Sheffield. Sheffield United (The Blades) and Sheffield Wednesday (The Owls) are the biggest teams in Sheffield.
Football is not the only popular sport in the city. The Steelers represent Sheffield in ice hockey, the Tigers in rugby and the Sharks in basketball.
Sheffield is one of the best cities for live music in the country, hosting festivals such as Tramlines Festival and Sensoria Music & Film Festival. There are several live music venues in Sheffield, including the O2 Academy Sheffield, Cask Corner & Bordello Cocktail Lounge, Centre Spot Pub, Corporation, Dove & Rainbow and many others.
Although a very large city, you’ll have no trouble getting around Sheffield. The tram and bus networks are very efficient and cover every corner of the city. If you prefer walking, keep in mind that Sheffield is built on hills and requires good fitness, so be prepared for hilly terrain or consider public transport.
I like everything about the accommodation. My room is quite big. If anything is broken I can go to reception and report it and someone will come and fix it. Every morning when we left reception staff will say hello and be very warm and welcoming.Lin Feng Jiang, Information Management, University of Sheffield