Khyati Mundrey Srivastav

Khyati is a Medicine student at the University of Sheffield

"The city of Sheffield is described best as a perfect balance. It is one of the friendliest cities I have ever visited. From the man who serves chips in Aslan’s after a night out to the lady in Pret, everyone has a smile on their face.

Sheffield is a nature lover's heaven. With so many green spaces, living in Sheffield during the lockdowns was a blessing as there was so much natural beauty to enjoy. Weston Park and the Botanical Gardens always provide a lovely break during the day from university coursework while Endcliffe Park is the perfect place to walk to on a sunny weekend afternoon – to sit with a coffee and doughnut grabbed from one of the many cute cafes on Ecclesall Road.

In addition, the beautiful Peak District is just a stone’s throw away providing the perfect escape with so many hiking trails as well as rivers to swim in in the summer. I come from a big city and Sheffield has provided me with an amazing experience. It has given me the space to sit back and relax in nature while having all the convenience of London or Manchester.

The University itself has so much to provide. From having a top-notch Students’ Union with events running day and night, to so many societies to choose from, the university truly shows that each student is a priority to them. For me, my fondest memory is my first week at Sheffield when I had landed from another country, scared and nervous but the university had organised so many activities for us to enjoy that I was put at ease immediately.

The best thing about being a student at University of Sheffield for me truly is the diversity and inclusivity that has been created. There is a place here for everyone no matter where you are from. The student community is strong and full of different and unique voices and I know for a fact that this beautiful environment is a rare find and I am so blessed to study here."