20 Feb Student Blogger Matt Reilly – The City of Sheffield
Sheffield is a great place to live, especially as a student. There is so much going on and a real variety on offer from sport to nightlife and shops to the Peak District, it really does have it all.
As a sport addict Sheffield has been great for seeing some live action. There is the two professional football teams Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, I’ve been to a few United games which are always good fun! Another good sporting spectacle is the Sheffield Steelers Ice hockey team who play at the Motorpoint Arena, I’ve seen my team the Nottingham Panthers play against them, and if you like good atmospheres, big hits and trick plays then this will be right up your street. I’m hoping to branch out and see the Sheffield Sharks basketball team as well as Sheffield Eagles rugby league team.
Although personally not my cup of tea there is lots of shopping within Sheffield. There are quite a few vintage shops on West Street and Division Street as well as in the city centre. Of course there is also the shopping centre Meadowhall which has virtually every high street name and is only a 15 minute tram journey from the University.
Sheffield’s nightlife is also very good, whether it be a night out in Corp, a uni night like Roar or just a spontaneous night out on West Street. Drinks and taxis are cheap and most clubs are usually quite busy. There are various types of clubs so it’s easy to find a club which plays the music you like best.
However If you just want to be in the outdoors relaxing then don’t worry, with numerous parks in the city it’s easy to find somewhere. The Botanical gardens is very popular, other great places to chill are Crookes Park and Weston Park near the University. The Peace Gardens between the city centre and train station is also very nice.
Although not in the city itself my favourite part of Sheffield is definitely the Peak District. It’s a great escape from the world of lectures, seminars and student living and it feels like you’re in another part of the UK. It hosts lots of walking and cycling trails and there are lots of small villages with coffee shops and youth hostels. In the summer Hathersage has an outdoor swimming pool which I am hoping to venture too as soon as it reopens.
I think overall Sheffield is a great place to be as a student, the fact it has two universities means there’s a lot of us around and it creates opportunity to meet even more people, the annual Varsity event and it means more and more student orientated places. The people of Sheffield are very friendly and the public transport links make it easy to get around as well as allowing access to the Peak District. Everything you really need is easily accessible and I think most students would agree when I say the city has a really nice vibe to it.