The weekend has landed. After a hard week of lectures, coursework, reading and finding new and imaginative dishes to create from as few ingredients as possible, you are ready to let your hair down and venture out in search of fun and frolics.
With so much to see and do, Sheffield is a great place to spend your weekends. Whether you are looking for a big night out with your friends, or something relaxing, cerebral or different, the city has something to offer you. From bars and clubs, to parks, museums, cinemas and theatres – Sheffield will not disappoint when it comes to ways to enjoy your well-earned time off.
Now you have paid your rent, put aside money for your bills and other necessities and bought more text books than anyone can be reasonably expected to carry, you are ready to get together with your new friends and explore what Sheffield has to offer. However, money is still tight and you aren’t just looking for a good time, you are looking for a good deal as well.
If big nights out with your friends are your cup of tea (or pint of lager, as the case may be) then Sheffield Nights is a great place to start. A comprehensive website, which lists hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants throughout the city. It has a built in map to make sure you don’t get lost and even has separate pages for each night of the week, so you can find out what is on where, and when.
It will tell you which clubs have free entry on which nights and help you find where the best drink promotions are available. Another page will inform you on one-off or limited availability events which cater to all tastes – from bands and DJs, to opera, comedy and theatre performances. Rounding off this wonderful resource is an employment page, if you are looking to supplement your student finance with a little part-time work, and an Apple app (sorry, no sign of an Android equivalent), so that you can plan your night on the fly.
Sheffield became famous (or should that be infamous) for its revelries during the Carnage UK tour a few years back. A countrywide tour of fresher’s weeks, Carnage UK is a massive party taking in 36 cities, 1000s of students, 100s of bars and clubs; complete with T-shirts, huge promotions and circus performers.
Whilst we certainly don’t condone the kind of excesses that were reported back then, Carnage UK has been voted the best student event in the country since 2004 and with good reason. So, if you find yourself around the town on fresher’s week during the time when Carnage rolls into Sheffield and you like your parties big and loud, you may want to check it out.
However, student life is definitely about more than studies and nights out, and you will surely want to spend some of your time off exploring the city for more cultural and cerebral experiences. Once again the internet is there to help you.
Sheffield City Council offer a tourist information site that will inform you on a plethora of events, leisure activities, museums and other attractions. The site can also point you in the direction of the city’s best shopping locations if some retail therapy is what you seek.
The Peak District website can give you advice on the best (and cheapest) ways to enjoy this breath-taking National Park. Whether you enjoy cycling, walking, climbing, wildlife watching, or just a great view, the Peak District has something to offer you for little or no money. The park also offers volunteering opportunities if you would like to enjoy this fantastic space whilst gaining some invaluable life and career experiences.
Finally, the Welcome to Sheffield website can offer you many of the same services as the Council site, with the added bonus of being able to filter your search based on things such as “free admission,” incredibly useful when exploring the city on a budget.
There you have it. Whether you are feeling flush at the beginning of the term, your bank account bursting with money and potential, or you are scraping those last few pounds together before the holidays, Sheffield has something to suit you at the weekend. All that is left to say is work hard with your studies, and have fun with everything else.
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