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Uni Life in Sheffield

Sheffield is often described as "England's biggest village" and it's easy to see why when you live there. The city centre, packed with fun sights and things to do, is a compact nucleus of city centre life that can be walked across in just ten minutes. It's easy to both get around and get to know. Outside the bustling town centre, you'll find an eclectic mix of suburban areas, each with its flavour. As one of the UK's most student-heavy and student-friendly cities, you won't find it difficult to land in the perfect student spot.

Areas like Ecclesall Road, Sharrow and Crookesmoor feature the best wealth of student homes, with a range of 3-bedroom terraced houses through to larger 10+ bedroom houses to rent. These areas are real student hubs, famed for student accommodation in Sheffield. They

Key reasons to study in Sheffield

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    Famous nightlife

    Sheffield is renowned up and down the UK for being a good night out. Fans of classy clubs that serve floor-filling pop anthems will love Crystal and the Viper Rooms. Indie heads are well served by The Leadmill and the "Propaganda" night at Foundry (UoS union's basement club). For lovers of beats music, you'll find a mixture of trance, techno, DnB and house played at Tuesday Club or Network. You can even find a night out to suit the punk and metal fans amongst you at the infamous Corporation - just don't go in nice shoes!

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    That 'local' feel

    Sheffield is often described as a big village, thanks to most of its city amenities being concentrated in a single square mile. This makes it incredibly easy to walk across, but you've got a comprehensive, regular bus service for the occasional longer journey. The north and east sides of the city also have frequent trams running through them.The clustered city nucleus also makes it very easy to make friends. Students often praise Sheffield's strong feeling of community and relaxed atmosphere compared to other UK cities. Sheffield is also known for its high retention rate; it has a large proportion of students returning after graduating to live and work in the city full-time.

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    Affordable rent and living costs

    Rental costs in Sheffield's private student accommodation usually sit between

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    A student-oriented city

    With a student population of over 60,000 in 2022/23, Sheffield is undeniably one of the country's most student-oriented cities. It has a wide range of student accommodation, from purpose-built to privately let flats and houses. Multiple city districts are considered student areas (such as Highfield, Eccleshall Road, Broomhill and Crookes). Many shops, bars, and services offer student discounts, so remember to take your student ID out with you and don't be afraid to ask!

Sheffield is a fantastic city full of culture and friendly people, brimming full of amazing coffee shops, independent shops and the BEST night-life. West-street is the best for a bar crawl and night out and Leadmill's silent disco is one of the most fun nights ever! It's such a green city full of parks and museums!

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Universities in Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

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Split across two campuses in the east and west of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University is one of the country's largest universities. It is well known for its excellent graduate recruitment rate, with 23,000 separate placements on offer each year, and its fantastic support for international students. 

SHU Collegiate Campus

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Sheffield Hallam's Collegiate Campus is located in the verdant green Ecclesall Road area of Sheffield - one of the city's most popular student areas. The campus is just outside of the city centre and focuses mainly on humanities and sporting subjects. It's also easy to get between the two campuses; they are a 15 minute walk away from each other at most and there are constant buses between the two.

University of Sheffield

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The University of Sheffield is in the north west of the city, largely nestled in the leafy green streets of Broomhall and around Weston Park. It's a member of the Russell Group and a renowned centre of research excellence, and was recently ranked a top 20 UK university in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University guide 2023.

Student Life in Sheffield

I feel like Sheffield is a place where you can fully be yourself. I think it's a place of self expression. Also Sheffield is a very friendly city - maybe it's the Yorkshire people but there are a lot of lovely people that aren't uni students I have met. The nightlife is brilliant if you went on a night out, as a student or by yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Sheffield. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Sheffield include Crookesmoor, Ecclesall and Broomhill.
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Tenancy periods in Sheffield usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Sheffield usually costs £89 – £155 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Sheffield.

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