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Thursday, 10 March 2016

City of Sheffield

By Usman Sami Khan


Flying away thousands of miles from my home country to study abroad seemed pretty nerve-racking, but Sheffield as a city not only helped me overcome all my fears and distresses, but it grew to be my home. Sheffield is considered as one of the friendliest, safest and cheapest cities in England. Living costs are 10% lower than the UK national average! To back it up by facts, Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 has ranked Sheffield as joint first for social life and community atmosphere!

The greenery throughout the city is breathtaking! Sheffield is known to be the greenest city in the UK, from the city centre that has the Winter Gardens, being the largest temperate Glass house in Europe, all the way up to the Peak District National Park. Peak District is a stunning country side, with many magnificent sceneries all over the National Park. The best part - it’s only 10 minutes away from the City! 


Relating to shopping, Sheffield city centre has hundreds of stores, with diverse brands that fulfill all your shopping desires. However, if you have trouble finding any store, just take a tram to Meadowhall shopping centre, that’s not more than 5 minutes away from the City Centre. Meadowhall is one of the UK’s largest malls, with around 300 stores, that will surely satisfy all your shopping preferences.

In relation to living, there’s a wide range of student accommodations present around the University. After finishing first year, students usually tend to live around the Broomhill and Crooksmore areas that are both within 10 minutes on average away from the University. In addition to that, the rent is quite cheap, which as a student I find quite feasible. Being a hilly city, some houses up on the hills have gorgeous views of Sheffield; there is nothing better than just relaxing next to your window and looking at the scenery after a long day! However if someone is looking for apartments, there’s a wide range of them available in the City Centre within 10-15 minutes from the University at very affordable prices!

People looking for some good music are surely in the right city. Sheffield’s Tram Lines Festival is Sheffield’s own 3 day music festival, which is not only attended by thousands of people, but is really cheap compared to other huge music festivals! Having varied musical genres and being cheap is what students are normally looking for. Sheffield is quite famous for its student nightlife as well. Some clubs and pubs have been present for decades, and are well known all over the UK!


On the whole, it seemed pretty scary moving so far away from my home, but Sheffield as a city has surely been a blessing! Being cheap, friendly, and relatively small in the sense that it only houses two universities, Sheffield makes an ideal city for students and I’m really glad I made the right decision.

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