With two excellent universities, a vibrant social scene and close links to a number of other prominent northern cities. Sheffield has long been an excellent choice for modern students looking for the perfect place to mix their studies with an excellent social life.
If you have made the choice to study in Sheffield this academic year or are perhaps still weighing up your options, then the chances are you are looking into what Sheffield as a city has to offer its students so you can compare it with your other options. If that is the case, then hopefully this latest feature from the Collegiate team will help you to make an informed decision.
Things to do in Sheffield
The following list is what we believe to be Sheffield’s top attractions, all of which are ideal for students looking to really get under the skin of one of the UK’s favourite regions. We hope there is something for everyone in the list below and that this could well help you to decide if Sheffield is indeed right for you.
The Millennium Gallery
This gallery is one of the most visited free attractions in the UK but that’s not quite why we love it. The Millennium Gallery really encapsulates everything that is Sheffield, with a mixture of industrial history and contemporary features, making it a versatile day out perfect for the curious mind of a Sheffield student.
Touring exhibitions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum regularly display their exhibits here, including permanent collections from Sheffield heroes such as John Ruskin, ensuring that the city’s proud history and heritage continues to be celebrated to this day. You can’t really have a day out in Sheffield without learning about the steelworks that made it so very famous and the Millennium Gallery contributes to this with aplomb.
Find the gallery at Arundel Gate or give them a call on 0114 278 2600.
Try a Sheffield theatre
When looking for things to do in Sheffield, the city has long been synonymous with theatres. Whether it’s the Lyceum, Crucible or Studio Theatre, Sheffield attractions have always been spearheaded by their nationally acclaimed facilities. They are all conveniently located in and around the city’s Tudor Square and it is the largest complex of such auditoriums outside of London. Quite an accolade.
The student community revels in this part of the city especially for students studying in performing arts related degrees and there is never a shortage of talent on offer. From classical drama, dance, traditional musicals all the way up to comedy and contemporary offerings, going to the theatre in Sheffield is something you should do at least once while studying here.
Head to Norfolk Street or Tudor Square or call the Sheffield Theatres Box Office on 0114 249 6000.
Head to the Peak District
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Sheffield as a student but want to get out into the stick for a while, then the Peak District is very conveniently placed. The city is actually greener than many think with more trees per person than any other city in Europe (we were shocked too!), and a third of Sheffield is classed as being on in the Peak District; Britain’s first ever National Park.
A day out in the Peak District can be a great way to clear the cobwebs and forget about the rigours of your degree for a while and offers some of the finest scenery you will find anywhere in the UK.
There are hiking trails and footpaths galore for you to enjoy all that this beautiful part of the country has to offer, you can even explore the famous Chatsworth House. This is one of the most visited country houses and is often used for adaptations of Pride & Prejudice amongst other books and plays.
Finally, Sheffield’s winter gardens is a huge indoor garden that displays over 2,500 species of plants from all across the globe. This is a great attraction for the intellectually curious and again, could be ideal for any students doing a degree in a related subject. One of the largest greenhouses in the UK, the building is 22 metres high, 70 metres long and was designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt.
Head to Surrey Street to find this great Sheffield day out or call the gardens directly on 0114 273 68595
Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Meadowhall is a huge indoor shopping centre in Sheffield – in fact, it’s the largest in Yorkshire, with pretty much any big retailer you can think of under its roof. Shop in one of 230 stores, browse the extensive offering of beauty products and spa services, or indulge in a wide variety of food offerings in the Oasis Dining Quarter.
Reach Meadowhall via public transport thanks to the Meadowhall Passenger Transport Interchange (PTI) or call the centre directly on 0333 313 2000.
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