Get to know Sheffield

Sit back and enjoy as we show you some of what our extraordinary city has to offer.

Student Experience

Choose the University of Sheffield and you’re not just choosing one of Britain’s finest universities. You’re choosing a university that’s been voted number one in the Russell Group for student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

The University of Sheffield is a unique place to study and a global leader in research and teaching, as well as an institution giving students an unrivalled, rich experience in a city unlike any other in the UK.


Over the past 4 years, our award winning accommodation has been voted number one 3 times in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. We came top for quality in the Student Barometer 2013 and we were named Best Student Housing at the 2012 College and University Business Officers (CUBO) awards.

Living in University accommodation is a great way to settle into your life as a student at the University of Sheffield and whether you are a home, international, undergraduate or postgraduate student as long as you meet a few conditions you are guaranteed accommodation.

Find out more about our accommodation 

Students’ Union

Being a Sheffield student is all about trying new things, testing your strengths and discovering what you’re passionate about. Our Students’ Union is here to make sure nothing stands in your way.

We’re the UK’s number one.

Our Students’ Union is consistently rated as the best in the country.

We’ve been voted number one for the past nine years in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The Students’ Union building recently underwent a £20 million refurbishment meaning there’s even more room for the things you want to do. The building features cafes, shops, bars, an advice centre and an activities and sports zone where students can join over 300 sports clubs and societies. There’s something different happening in the SU every day; from club nights to film screenings, live music, theatrical performances and fascinating talks.

The SU is an organisation run for students, by students. Eight Union Officers are elected annually by the study body to direct the SU and represent its students. The Students’ Union offers the opportunity for students to get involved and make their issues heard – a collective voice of over 27,000 people.

For more information check out the Students’ Union website

Library Services

Our library services are built with you in mind and we’re dedicated to providing the best learning environment for our students. 

That’s why we’ve been voted joint first for our library services out of 122 institutions. 

The five library sites at the University of Sheffield contain over 1.3 million books and periodicals. They also provide access to millions of digital resources whenever you need them.

There are 3,532 study spaces and 2,096 available for student use.

The Diamond is open round the clock and boasts unrivalled innovation in study facilities. As well as hosting an on-demand print collection and the highest demand text books, it also features sector-leading creative media facilities including private editing booths and a full TV studio.

The Information Commons is open 24/7, giving you access to 1,300 study spaces, extensive technology support and a high demand collection of 120,000 volumes.

Western Bank Library is a grade II listed building, offering study spaces designed to inspire your best work. It houses extensive research collections and is also home to our Special collections and National Fairground and Circus Archive.

The Health Sciences Library at the heart of the medical school, offers a large discipline based collection and a range of study spaces for independent and group study.

Your Global Sheffield

Undergraduate students at Sheffield have the chance to get involved in a range of global activities – both at home and abroad – to develop their international experience.

Whether that’s through travelling abroad or experiencing different cultures right here in Sheffield, there are plenty of opportunities to gain global skills and make friends from all over the world.

Activities included in Your Global Sheffield are a great way to enrich an academic career, gain new experiences and enhance a CV.

Find our more on our Your Global Sheffield website


Enterprise is made up of people with ideas. That’s academics, entrepreneurs, departmental staff, societies, graduates, interns, businesses, employers, the careers service and students.

We bring people together to make ideas happen. We create opportunities for you to develop your ideas whether it’s selling T-shirts to raise money for a society, organising a gig or setting up a business. We’re here to help, mentor and support you… and celebrate your success with you.

Find our more on our Enterprise website

Placements & Internships

Getting involved in placements and other work experience whilst at University is becoming more important for students who want to maximise their employment prospects after graduation.

Taking part in an placement programme during the summer can be a really useful way to gain real experience and help you develop your career goals, without interrupting your studies.

Find out more via the Placements section of our website

Our Graduates

A Sheffield degree is a preparation for life and the world of work. Our graduates go on to achieve amazing things across the globe, using their degrees to make a positive impact on society. 

Our relationships with employers enable students to gain work experience from the start of their degree and connects them to more opportunities once they have graduated. 

Find out more on our Careers website

Sheffield Varsity

Varsity is the city’s annual sporting competition between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam.

The Varsity Sports programme is carried out in a positive way by both Universities ensuring it is inclusive for the clubs involved but also for the supporters and the community.

Varsity is a celebration of sport at Sheffield, showcasing the cities fantastic facilities and capabilities for high profile sporting events. The competition provides an opportunity for all sports men and women to be equal regardless of the standard of play or the sport they are part of.

In 2017, the University of Sheffield were crowned Varsity champions for the fifth consecutive year.

We Are International

We value international students and are passionate about ensuring that their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised.

That’s why we’ve launched our We are international campaign. So far, it’s been backed by 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations.

  • Sheffield is home to over 10,000 international students
  • In 2012/13, international students made an estimated net contribution to Sheffields GDP of £120.3m million
  • International students volunteer for more than 140 Sheffield charities
  • Our alumni network is made up of 160,000 people in 188 countries
  • 120 languages are spoken in Sheffield

Visit the We Are International campaign website

30 Things To Do In Sheffield

Here’s our bucket list of the best things to see, do and experience in the city of Sheffield.