Sheffield is a fantastic place to study as a student. Countryside surrounds the city and fifteen minutes drive can take you right into the heart of the Peak District. Walkers and climbers come from afar to visit the beautiful scenery the area has to offer.
There are also many neighbouring places you can explore from Sheffield, including Manchester, Leeds and York.
Sheffield’s Supertram network allows public transport throughout certain areas of the city, and there are talks to further expand the existing network.
In Sheffield centre there are a number of impressive architectural landmarks. The Winter Gardens are a particular highlight. The building itself, which is large enough to house 5,000 domestic greenhouses, hosts over 2,500 plants from around the world to create a truly unique display. You can also relax in the picturesque Peace Gardens, where there are a number of fountains and areas to meet and sit. There is constant work going on to improve the city, and the train station was recently redeveloped as a slickly stylized beacon of modern architecture.
Shopping and Restaurants
Meadowhall shopping centre is only ten minutes drive from the city centre, and plays host to hundreds of retail outlets and a wide selection of restaurants. In the centre itself, the Moor and Fargate are two sprawling streets where many more shops and coffee houses are located. Sheffield has a huge variety of places to eat and drink, both in the centre and the surrounding area. In the West Bar part of town you can find both chain and independent restaurants serving an array of world cuisines. Nearby to the central campus are plenty of bars and pubs to meet and socialize.
There are plenty of available opportunities to watch Sheffield’s sports teams in action. The city has a rich football history, and is the birthplace of the first football club, Sheffield FC. The two football sides, Wednesday and United, play their games at Hillsborough and Bramall Lane respectively. Both stadiums are steeped in sporting culture, and Hillsborough hosted matches during the 1966 World Cup. Neither of the clubs are currently in the top tier of English football, and it is usually very easy to get tickets to games. For fans of other sports, there are the Sheffield Steelers ice-hockey and Sheffield Sharks Basketball sides. Athletics and swimming also form a key part of Sheffield’s sporting make-up, and the Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge swimming centre both regularly play host to events.
Art and Culture
Sheffield has plenty of other attractions for you to explore, including 3 theatres and an array of art galleries. The Millennium Gallery is a particular highlight, as it brings art, craft and design works to the heart of the city. Entry is free to this particular gallery.