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The best bits about studying in Sheffield

Once famed for steel, Sheffield's music scene, buzzing nightlife and beautiful scenery are now what make it stand out. Whether you’re at the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam, here’s how to make the most of your time...


The first step is to look the part. A short walk from Bramall Court, Division Street is a must-visit destination for lovers of vintage and unique attire. It’s packed full of stylish independent shops, including the mighty Freshman’s Vintage Store, which is as much a meeting place as a shop! It stocks tons of dazzling pre-worn pieces as well as bespoke collaborations with local artists.

If fun, femme 90s wear is your style, visit Vulgar on nearby Devonshire Street for a huge range of gorgeous re-worked items. Then, if you're into vinyl, head next door to Bear Tree Records to build your collection. You’ll find the top new releases and essential second-hand specials.

And keep an eye out for signs of the city’s rich musical history. This area is home to one of Sheffield’s very best: a blue plaque celebrating the moment when local legend Jarvis Cocker broke his leg clambering out of a window trying to impress people at a party in 1985!

Food and drink

When you fancy a bite to eat, head over to London Road, just 'round the corner from Bramall Court. Here you’ll find a huge range of diners and cafés, taking in everything from aromatic Turkish cuisine to eye-catching ice cream treats.

Next, explore The Forum. This is Sheffield’s renowned independent shopping centre, home to countless shops and boutique stalls, along with a locally adored restaurant with plenty of affordable, ethical options. This student fave also has an outdoor terrace where you can sip on a fruit-packed cocktail or chill out after studying with a meal in the open air.

If you want somewhere more intimate to hunker down with wine and a burger, modern pub Bungalows and Bears is a student hotspot, especially in the evenings. This former fire station regularly hosts small-scale gigs and events, making it ideal for a full evening out with friends.


Whether you’re tackling a hangover or simply want to clear your mind after a day of lectures, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to relax in Sheffield. This botanical oasis is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with the highest tree-to-people ratio in Europe, and it's home to some truly beautiful parks.

Heeley People’s Park is a stone’s throw from Bramall Court and the largest community-run park in England. Sweeping hills, art structures, rock climbing, it’s all here, ran by friendly locals. The Botanical Gardens are another stunning destination. This is a vibrant haven right in the centre of the city and home to lots of animals and plants with plenty of private spots to kick back and stretch out.

If live music is how you unwind, head to iconic indie venue The Leadmill. As well as must-see gigs, it also hosts comedy nights, drag events and club nights and, more importantly, serves a decent, cheap pint. Our tip: make sure you pre-book as this place gets packed out!


To get the most of this awesome city, you need somewhere close to both your university, whether that’s Sheffield Hallam or the University of Sheffield, and the city’s hot spots. Bramall Court has the lot. Based on a quiet street on the edge of the city centre, all the main lecture halls are within walking distance and the area is packed with pocket-friendly restaurants and bars, along with a host of scenic green spaces when you fancy a well-deserved break from your studies.

You’ll find plenty of public transport options right on your doorstep too, but Bramall Court also has plenty to offer on-site and a busy calendar of social events.

If you like getting out and about, there’s on-site parking for your car and safe bike storage, as well as other handy extras such as laundry services, post collection and ensuite bathrooms with every room.