By Robin Wilde
If you’re new to Sheffield, finding your way around can be daunting at first - but it’s really not too complicated. Here’s my guide to the main forms of transport in the city and how you can make the most of them.
Sheffield is famously hilly, but it’s close-knit enough to still be fairly easy to navigate on foot. From Endcliffe and Ranmoor student accommodation it’s a 20-minute walk to the Students’ Union and major University buildings like the Octagon - an easy journey straight down Fulwood Road. From there it’s another 15 minutes to the city centre (but you might need to be made of tougher stuff for the walk back up that hill).
Your Ucard and NUS Card entitle you to a £1.20 fare for any journey within Sheffield - just show it and ask for a student fare when you get on board. You can now pay with a contactless card on both First and Stagecoach buses, so there’s no need to carry change. And you shouldn’t be left stranded, as most buses run until just before midnight. The most useful buses for most freshers are:
In 2017 the Students’ Union worked with First to introduce the 952, a late night service which serves the student villages and other student areas. It runs from the Students’ Union at 2:38am and 3:38am every Sunday - perfect for getting home from Pop Tarts.
If you need to go shopping at Meadowhall, Ikea, or Valley Centertainment, or you have an exam in Hillsborough or Infirmary Road, Sheffield’s tram network can be really useful. Fares are typically £2 for a single ticket, or £4 for a dayrider - but you can pick up a student dayrider for £3.60 at the SU Box Office. You can jump on from the tram stop right outside the Information Commons, at the heart of the University. Just be prepared - it’s cash only.
Despite the hills, Sheffield operates a successful dockless bike hire scheme run by Ofo. Just install the app on iOS or Android, use it to find and unlock the nearest bright yellow bike, and ride for 70p per half hour.
Russell's Bike Shed also offers a bike hire service up from Sheffield Station, and the Peak Park authority operates cycle hire in the Peak District.
If you have your own bike and it’s in need of a bit of rehab, be sure to make use of The Cycle Hut near the Arts Tower. This is the university’s on-site cycle repair facility; it offers free bike checks and at cost servicing and repairs for staff and students at the University of Sheffield.
To find out more about life in Sheffield as a student, be sure to pick up a copy of Sheffield Student Guide from around the SU. How to Find Sheffield Students’ Union