You’ll love our location

Sheffield, a city like no other

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Sheffield is England's fourth largest city. It is famously friendly, and excellent for student social life and entertainment.

The Lyceum Theatre, the Crucible Theatre and the Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex outside of London.

As the National City of Sport, Sheffield has an enviable choice of world-class facilities

Sheffield has the world’s oldest football club “Sheffield FC”

It is located in the heart of the country - two hours from London by train. 

Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the country - 61% of Sheffield's entire area is green space.

It has 150 woodlands and 50 parks. 

Sport Sheffield is only 11KM (7miles) away from the Peak district

Great transport links 

Sheffield is well served by national road and rail networks and has excellent local transport. The university campus is on the western edge of the city centre and is easy to get to by car, bus and tram.

Sheffield Train Station: Click here
Sheffield Super Tram: Click here
Sheffield First Buses: Click here 
Sheffield Stagecoach Buses: Click here

Famously Friendly

Although Sheffield is a major city, and developing all the time, it has kept its sense of community. This is a friendly, safe and affordable place to make your home. Most University buildings are within walking distance from each other and the campus is a very short walk from the city centre.

Our students love Sheffield so much that they can't tear themselves away. Every year thousands of them set up home here after they've graduated and start to build a life.

Why? It's friendly, it's beautiful, it's modern, and it’s safe. Some people say it's the most creative city on the planet. There are two and a half million trees. And three and a half million amazing things to do.

Take your pick from theatre, cinema, art, music, museums, great shopping, thrilling outdoor activities and sport for all.

Sheffield is a city built on ideas, where you can go on experiencing new things every day. Expand your mind with cutting-edge theatre and film. Push your body harder and further with world-class sporting facilities. Or just forget about all that and go shopping.

Take a look……

Sheffield a city you’ll love: Click here
"Our favourite social and cultural spaces" by Eleven Design Sheffield: Click here
A day in the life of Sheffield (Student video using time lapse photography): Click here
Sheffield Made Us: Click here
Why Sheffield: Click here

A Cultural City

The Lyceum Theatre, the Crucible Theatre and the Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex outside of London. Click here for more information.

Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Sheffield is fast becoming known as one of the top places in the world for people from the documentary and digital industries to get together - to meet, to screen their work, share knowledge, do business, make new contacts and discuss innovations and challenges they are facing in the ever changing media landscape. Click here for more information.

You’ll love our location

Sport Sheffield is the University department that manages all aspects of sport, health and fitness at the University of Sheffield.

Our main site, the Goodwin Sport Centre, is located between the student residential areas and the main campus. This means it’s easy to call in to the pool, gym etc., on your way into lectures or, on your way back.

Interactive campus map - Click here
Campus map with A-Z index - Click here

Sport Sheffield is only 11KM (7miles) away from the Peak district. So, if you’re a climber, walker, and cyclist or just like the countryside we want to help you make the most of this natural resource. It is the first and largest of Britain's National Parks, and is a place of outstanding natural beauty.


Landscapes range from the gentle, limestone dales of the White Peak to the rugged rocky outcrops and open moorland of the dark Peak. Vast caves, natural springs and stone villages are easily accessible from Sheffield.

The Peak Experience: Click here
Visit the Peak District: Click here
Active Peak: Click here
Peak District tv promotional video: Click here
Upper Derwent Valley: Click here

National Centre of Excellence


We have over 47 University Sports Clubs who make the most of our location, from caving to climbing, cycling to horse riding, and rowing to walking, plus many more in between. In some areas we really excel for example we are a National Centre of Excellence for Orienteering and Hockey, in addition to being the home to many Team GB hopefuls.

General Club Sport pages: Click here
Canoe Club: Click here
Caving Club: Click here
Cycling/Mountain Biking Club: Click here
Equestrian Club: Click here
High Peak Club: Click here
Orienteering & Fell Running Club: Click here
Rowing Club: Click here
Sailing Club: Click here
Walking Club: Click here

Our Links across the city

Sport Sheffield work with other facilities and services across the city. Our partners provide the services we don’t have to enable students to get the most out of being at the University of Sheffield.

Whether it’s about using their facilities for Varsity or getting a discount for students on tickets we will do our best to add value for our students.

The English Institute of Sport

The English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) it is one of the country's most impressive indoor sports venues. This multi-sport venue has a range of high quality facilities that are used predominantly by the community. However it is also the home of the Yorkshire region of the English Institute of Sport and is used by a number of national governing bodies, including boxing, judo, badminton, netball, table tennis, handball and volleyball.

There is also a specific agreement in place with World Snooker in respect of the Snooker Academy.
The EIS has an extensive network of internal and external expertise focused solely on performance impact. Through their network of nearly 250 sport science and medicine practitioners, the EIS has a unique network of expertise throughout England.

Many of the Summer Varsity games between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University take place at the EIS in March each year.

English Institue of Sport website - Click here

Ice Sheffield

Ice Sheffield is an ice arena in the Lower Don Valley area of Sheffield. It was completed in May 2003 at a cost of £15 million. It consists of two Olympic-size ice rinks built to world standards, with seating for 1,500 people.

The venue is capable of hosting world-class sporting events but it was also built to allow skaters of all abilities to experience premier ice conditions.

It is now home to most ice hockey teams in Sheffield with the exception being the Sheffield Steelers, who are still based at nearby Sheffield Arena, though the venue has hosted a number of Steelers games in recent seasons.

Ice Sheffield website - Click here

Don Valley Stadium

Don Valley Stadium is notable as being the second largest athletics stadium in the UK, with a seated capacity of 25,000, behind the London Olympic Stadium. It is a vibrant and modern arena with events ranging from international athletics to music concerts. The venue offers indoor and outdoor athletics facilities and training and professional sports coaching for all ages.

It has an athletics stadium which has hosted major UK Athletic events and the 1991 World Student Games. Sheffield Eagles RLFC also use the stadium. It is also used for Channel 4's celebrity sports show, “The Games”, as well as hosting “The BritBowl”, the championship finals of the British American Football League.

The stadium and facilities provide a training base for the City of Sheffield Athletic Club and is home to the Sheffield Half Marathon.

Don Valley Stadium website - Click here

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Sheffield Wednesday is one of the oldest professional clubs in the world and the fifth oldest in the English league. Known as the Owls with their ground at Hillsborough, their main rivals are Sheffield United, the two clubs having contested the Steel City derby on a regular basis for some 100 years.

Sheffield Wednesday FC website - Click here

Sheffield United FC

They were the first sporting team to use the name 'United' and are nicknamed 'The Blades', thanks to Sheffield's worldwide reputation for steel production. The Club play their home games at Bramall Lane, the oldest major stadium in the world still hosting football matches.

Sheffield United FC website - Click here

Experiences & Opportunities

Students choose the University of Sheffield because of its international reputation for high quality teaching and research excellence and because of the outstanding student experience that it offers.

But there's more to it than that. Whether you're after a bit of culture or just having fun and games, there's nowhere better to live than Sheffield.

High ropes - city course!

Aerial Extreme at Ice Sheffield is one of our new action packed urban high ropes courses designed to bring big thrill action adventure to the inner-city. It's compact, but fully loaded with 34 challenging obstacles. Situated behind Ice Sheffield and just up the road from Meadowhall Shopping Centre, we guarantee you'll have a jumping, dropping, laughing and screaming adventure.

Aerial Extreme website - Click here

Map Compass - Navigation course

Navigation is, and can be a part of everyday life. It can also be an essential skill to have. There are lots of courses in and near Sheffield for beginners, enthusiastic walkers, professional ramblers and individuals who want to improve their knowledge. This type of course can gain your confidence and build your map reading knowledge.

Foothills website - Click here
Peak Navigation Courses website - Click here
Pure Outdoor website - Click here

Cycling in the Peak District

The Peak District is a wonderful area for cycling and mountain biking. There are several cycling trails along former railways, and numerous tracks and bridleways for mountain biking. PLUS there are cycle hire centres offering bikes to suit all ages and abilities. There are miles of quiet country lanes to discover by bike. For experienced mountain bikers, the remote moorland bridleways can provide more of a challenge. Cycling is a fun, healthy way to explore and see the stunning countryside of the Peak District.

Visit and Cycle: Click here
Pedal the Peak District - 9 Journeys - video: Click here

Ten great universities for climbers and walkers

Choosing where to go to university? There’s lots of things to consider including the all-important questions of how close it is to the hills and crags, whether it has an active climbing and walking club and whether it’s just the right distance away from home.

With a little help from Facebook friends, The BMC have selected ten university locations in England and Wales to take a closer look at that are considered good or even ‘the best’ for climbers and walkers. Some are listed for their proximity to crags, hills and mountains and others for their specialised outdoors courses.

They have stayed south of the Scottish border, but for those who want to head to the highlands there’s even a University of the Highland and Islands with campuses including Fort William, Inverness and Skye.  Also, whilst Oxford and Cambridge both have active mountaineering clubs, the UCAS form deadline for Oxbridge this year has passed so They haven’t included them either.

For more information click here.

If you want to see more photographs of Sheffield/Sport Sheffield taken by our own students, have a look at our “A year in Sport” e book. Click here