In 2022, Time Out Magazine named Sheffield’s Kelham Island as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. Now, in 2023, the highly regarded magazine has named Sheffield as one of the best cities to visit in Europe. It sits proudly at number two on the list, only topped by France’s culture-packed Marseille.
Having beaten the likes of ultra-modern Oslo, art-heavy Milan and Spanish gem Valencia to second place, Sheffield’s got plenty to shout about. The city’s green credentials, rich culture and great food scene are what earned it its place as a top spot for a city break – and guess what? These things make it a brilliant place to live and study, too.
Why is Sheffield so great for students?
As a student at Sheffield University or Sheffield Hallam, you’ll have no shortage of spots to relax in between revision sessions – the city’s got no less than 250 public parks to its name. In fact, it’s officially the greenest and most sustainable city in the UK. So, no matter the location of your student house in Sheffield, you can practically guarantee there’ll be some open space close by. The Peak District National Park’s right on the doorstep, too – perfect for weekends of hiking, biking, trekking, climbing, kayaking, caving or just relaxing in beautiful landscapes
Sheffield’s food scene earned it some points in Time Out’s list, as well. From street food halls housed inside former industrial buildings to fine dining spots for special occasions, there really is something for all tastes here. And when it comes to drinks, beer’s in the spotlight – the city’s been dubbed one of the brewing capitals of the world. You can drink craft pints or sip cocktails in a crop of city centre pubs. West Street in particular is full of popular student haunts, so you can expect low prices and a sociable atmosphere.
Another thing Sheffield scores highly on is its rich cultural heritage. The city’s known for its contemporary art scene, so it’s a real magnet for creatives. If you choose to study a creative course at college or university here, you’ll find inspiration around pretty much every corner. The Millennium Gallery showcases some of the best in international art and design, while the Graves Gallery displays sculptures, paintings and more from local and international artists. Both are free to enter, and the latter’s located right above the Central Library, so you can pop there for a nose around after a study session.
Student accommodation in one of Europe's best cities
So, if you fancy studying in one of Europe’s top-rated cities, you might be wondering what Sheffield student accommodation is like. The good news is there’s plenty to choose from, whether you’re after a single room or a house to share with a group of friends. Claypenny has a huge range of houses and flats in Sheffield city centre, close to both university’s campuses and Sheffield College. You can check out the full range of student properties in Sheffield and when you’re all set, see what’s available for July 2023.
Example property - 43 Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield - 6 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, super-fast fibre optic broadband, outdoor space at rear of the property, located opposite Sheffield Hallam College Collegiate Campus and 15 minutes walk from The University of Sheffield.