Six Things You’ll Love About Living in Sheffield

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by

We can all agree that Sheffield is one of the greatest cities in the UK… or at least, everyone who has ever been there can do! For those who’ve never had the privilege, we thought we’d break down for you just six of the reasons that Sheffield is just so super!

1. Sights

Sheffield is lovely to look at – the perfect city for anyone who fancies themselves a fan of a good view. From Park Hill, you can see the entire cityscape and beyond. From the top of Crookes, there is greenery as far as the eye can see. Not only that, but the varied architecture and vibrant street art mean there are visual treats waiting around just about any corner in the city centre. And for those of you lucky enough to be living with MakeSpace in Redvers Tower, you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your own apartment!

Beautiful Sheffield Sunset
A Beautiful Sheffield Sunset

2. Size

Some say that Sheffield feels like more like a big village than a city, and that’s partly down to the small scale of the centre. Even at a leisurely pace, it takes less than 45 minutes to walk from the train station to Hunters Bar. And this simply means we can all enjoy more character per square mile, with an excellent selection of bars and pubs, and the best theatre complex outside of London.

Sheffield Train Sta
The train station & its famous water feature

3. Space

That is, green space. What would the greenest city in the UK be without its beloved foliage? Sheffield centre boasts a whole host of parks and gardens in close proximity: Weston Park, Crookes Valley Park, Ponderosa, the Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Park, Sheaf Valley Park, Norfolk Park – all within walking distance of the high street and universities.

Colourful Flowerbeds in Weston Park

4. Savings

Living and studying in Sheffield city centre is, on average, much cheaper than most major cities. The Steel City is the fourth most cost-effective city for students and the general cost of living is 10% lower than the national average. Sheffield recently topped a list of best cities to be a graduate in the UK, due to its high wages and low house prices. Bingo!

Sheffield Statistics
Sheffield Statistics Courtesy of

5. Sustenance

It’s no surprise that such a multi-cultural and metropolitan city has a centre packed with every kind of cuisine imaginable, ranging from relatively cheap but high quality fast food such as Street Food Chef, to boutique burgers at Bungalows & Bears. Sheffield is a foodie’s dream and is becoming a more attractive place for investment, with new eateries seeming to pop up all the time.

Mouth-Wateringly good food at The Graze Inn, Sheffield

6. Sophistication

In a 2014 survey of city centre residents by Sheffield City Council, the most popular reason given for living there was to be close to restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities. There are events for all tastes and interests happening all the time, ranging from huge festivals such as Doc/Fest and Tramlines to a regularly changing programme of exhibitions at the Millennium Gallery.

The Crucible Theatre