Guide to student life in sheffield

With two universities and 60,000 students living in the Steel City, it’s safe to say Sheffield is a student city.

Sheffield City Centre is relatively small and easy to get around, whether you’re at the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University you aren’t far away from the action.

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Cheap Eats

Proove Pizza
Proove Pizza

With lectures, reading, essays, exams and a social life to manage sometimes you’ve not got time to cook. Fueling up in Sheffield doesn’t need to eat into your loan too much.

There’s some great, affordable spots in the city that will satisfy both your tastebuds and stomach such as The Forum on Division Street, Howst on Howard Street, in Broomhill you’ve got Proove Pizza and you can’t go wrong with fish and chips from Ranmoor Friery. Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale are packed with places to eat cheap including burritos from Street Food ChefRoneys do great pork sandwiches whilst Graze Inn is a crowd pleaser. 

Check out our Best Burger Guide Here, and Best Pizza in Sheffield Guide Here.


Firepit Rocks
Firepit Rocks

Night in with the gang? Download the CityGrab app here to get some of the best food in the city delivered to your door, they can also bring booze too.

Our faves include curry from Balti KingFirepit Rocks for burgers and The Porter Pizza Company for a slice of Italy.

Check out our guide to Sheffield takeaways here.

Late Night Bites

Shawarma Stack
Shawarma Stack

We’ve all been there, had a few too many Jager Bombs and you crave something dirty? 

Avoid food poising and grab something from Efes on Glossop Road, Wild Rice on London Road or Relish and Burger on Abbeydale Road, you’ll thank us later.

Hangover grub

Common Room
Common Room

Had a big night? Have a cuppa, a berocca and a shower then head to the Common Room on Division Street, Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road or head to Glossop Road’s The Broomhill Tavern and catch up with ya pals to discuss last night whilst stuffing your face with comfort food.

Pubs and Bars

The Fat Cat
The Fat Cat

Sheffield is full of great places to eat and drink. It’s a city known for its beer but there’s options for every kind of drinker.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to go to Spoons for a pint under a fiver. Head to Kelham Island for ShakespearesThe Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern where you’ll find locally brewed real ale for £3. Ecclesall Road has craft beer spots The Portland HouseThe Eagle or the Ecclesall Ale Club, as does Broomhill with The Itchy Pig and The York whilst Division Street has The Gatsby, The ForumCommon RoomThe Old House and Bungalow & Bears offering the best of everything. 

Need some more ideas? Check out our pub guide here.


The Leadmill
The Leadmill

The Leadmill and Corp are Sheffield’s independent venues that hold student nights that include cheap drinks and sticky dance floors.

Download the City Taxis app here to ensure you get home safely if you’ve had a few too many.

Art and Culture

National Videogame Museum
National Videogame Museum

No hangover? Caught up on your revision? Head out and explore the city.

Kelham Island Museum tells the story of Sheffield’s industrial heritage, the National Emergency Services Museum is the only one like it in the country, as is the National Videogame Museum.

Into art? Check out the Millennium GalleryGraves Gallery and Site Gallery, or just wander the streets and keep your eyes open for pieces but some of the best artists in Sheffield.


Foundry Climbing Centre
Foundry Climbing Centre

There’s skateparks (House), swimming pools (Ponds Forge), ice rinks (Ice Sheffield), climbing centres (Foundry) but there’s also plenty of places to explore for free. Botanical GardensEndcliffe Park and the Peak District (which isn’t far away) are great opportunities to get some fresh air.

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