Guide To Being A University of Sheffield Student

Whether you’re a third year student at the University of Sheffield, or have just found out you have a place, this is your guide to student life in the city. From the cheapest student drink deals to the best library spots, we’ve got you covered.

Places to study

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The University of Sheffield has a multitude of libraries, so you have plenty to choose from. There’s the Information Commons which is the most popular. However, this comes with its cons, too. In exam season, getting a seat is like an extreme sport. 

Western Bank Library is another option, and a much quieter one. If you really need silence to study, this is your place; you might even get a dirty look for opening a packet of crisps too loudly.

The Diamond is another option, also known as the engineering building. Although, as a journalism student, it’s not really my vibe and is kind of intimidating as a very non-maths person. If you’re in first year accommodation you will likely be in Endcliffe or Ranmoor, so you have The Edge about 100 metres from your front door. I loved The Edge in first year as it’s so close and convenient.

And of course, you can always study in the park, coffee shops or in your room. Sheffield has a lot of cute independent coffee shops such as The Hop and 200 Degrees

Night’s out

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Sheffield is definitely not short of a good bar and club, and has some amazing drink deals that won’t make your pockets hurt. First of all, the Students Union has its very own club called Foundry. As well as hosting gigs, it hosts a variety of club nights.

If you love your cheesy pop, Pop Tarts is for you, and it’s on every Saturday night. Roar is the sports and societies club night, featuring our very own mascot Rory the tiger. 

If you want to venture out, go no further than West Street. It’s home to the best of Sheffield’s bars and clubs. Molly Malones hosts a quiz night every Tuesday, and with a student card you get a big discount on your drinks. Tigerworks offers a £5 round, which is as great as it sounds. You get a jagerbomb, sours shot, vodka mixer and VK all for £5.

Places to eat 

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Sheffield is known for its independent businesses and restaurants. There are so many cute places you can grab brunch and a coffee such as Coffee Revolution in the Students Union, The Cabin for sweet and savoury pancakes and waffles, and Copper Pot cafe for brunch.

For an evening meal, there are many student friendly options. BB’s Italian Restaurant on Division Street is so cosy and authentic, and they let you bring your own wine. Ego Mediterranean restaurant and Domo Restaurant also deserve a mention. 

Of course, there are so many places the Students Union has to offer, including Grill and Go, Interval, and Bar One.

Where to shop

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If you’re anything like me and you love a bit of retail therapy, I have good news for you. Sheffield is great for shopping. Meadowhall Shopping Centre is a short tram ride away from the University and has everything you could possibly need.

If you want to stay closer to home, the city centre is home to many chains and independent clothing stores, as well as a large amount of secondhand shops, charity shops and vintage shops. Preloved Kilo and Vulgar on Division Street are two of my favourites.

I might be bias (just a bit) but I think Sheffield is the best city to go to University and I have no doubt you will love your time there as much as I do.

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Hi, my name is Maddy and I'm a journalism student at the University of Sheffield. My main interests are lifestyle, fashion, arts, culture and entertainment. I'm also the former fashion editor and current editor in chief of Liberty Belle Magazine. I'm a wannabe Carrie Bradshaw and you'll most likely find me either reading, shopping, watching films or at a cocktail bar.