Safe, affordable and welcoming

Us Sheffielders are known for being friendly and welcoming. It's also super affordable here making Sheffield a fantastic city to live in whilst you get to grips with student life.

Feel right at home

Move here and you’ll find that locals are chatty and eager to help. It helps make those first few weeks of student life that little bit easier. And, you’ll be joining over 60,000 students from all over the world. No matter your background, you’ll feel right at home.

There’s no need to worry about where you will live. In Sheffield, you’ll find plenty of affordable student housing in popular areas of the city.

In first year, Sheffield students enjoy living in safe and modern university accommodation in large student communities with 24/7 security.  According to StudentCrowd, the average cost of student accommodation in Sheffield is around 4% cheaper than the national average.

University accommodation is a great place to make friends and meet people to explore Sheffield together. If you ever lose your friends, our city-wide Safe Taxi Scheme can get you home without you needing to worry about covering the costs there and then.

In their second and third year, our students love living in the city centre and areas like Crookes and Broomhill or Ecclesall Road which are buzzing with independent shops, luscious green spaces and food from around the world. They discover a safe student environment in a welcoming, supportive community.

Sheffield is easy to get around, and it’s only a short walk from your accommodation to all the city’s university campuses. The University of Sheffield’s campus sits between the city centre and the student areas of Crookes and Broomhill. You’ll find Sheffield Hallam University’s City Campus right in the middle of the city centre, and its Collegiate Campus is located in the student-friendly Ecclesall Road area.

An affordable city for student life

With many costs sitting below the UK average, it’s a little bit easier to stretch your student budget here. Sheffield is one of the most affordable student cities in England (Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest Student Living Index 2023). You'll also find rent in Sheffield is the lowest compared to 10 major UK cities according to the Higher Education Policy Institute and Unipol report, 2023/24.

Student deals you need to know about

  • Discounted bus and tram travel with the Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass
  • CINE26 gives you £5.00 tickets at The Showroom Cinema
  • £5.00 Sheffield Theatres tickets with Live for 5
  • £1.20 FirstBus single journey with a valid student ID