By Charlotte Knowles-Cutler
Division Street is an absolute student dream. While away an afternoon thrift shopping in Vulgar or Mooch and check out Syd & Mallory’s Sheffield-made originals which you won’t find anywhere else. Steam Yard offers incredible coffee and delicious sweet eats.
This one speaks for itself. With special student fares for the bus, Rivelin Valley and Hathersage are perfect for when you need some fresh air and a clear head.
Abbeydale Road is a haven for antiques and bric-a-brac on every budget, as well international supermarkets and local coffee shops.
Sheffield is an ideal city for vegetarians and vegans. The Harley does an incredible vegan burger, Steel City Cakes is a completely vegan bakery (with gluten free options too), ALT. is perfect for vegan brunch, Let’s Sushi has a great vegan options, Porter Pizza has the best vegan pizza in Sheffield, Just Falafs is a haven for hummus lovers, Make No Bones has the most beautiful, seasonal menu and Burger Garden is an all-vegan Americana diner heaven.
A (rare) sunny day is well spent touring our beautiful parks with some pals and a picnic. I recommend Crookes Valley Park, Weston Park, Endcliffe Park and the Peace Gardens. The Winter Gardens offers shelter, as well as natural beauty, if you're craving greenery on a rainy day.
For exactly no pounds (it’s free entry) you can try and pet every animal here, from the mud-loving pigs to the mischievous goats to the shy rabbits. There’s also a lovely vegetarian cafe and a plant nursery.
A festival experience with access to a proper shower? Tramlines and the Tramlines fringe runs all over the city during summer, offers something for every taste, and you can return to your own bed at the end of each day.
Sheffield offers cheap entry, cheap drinks and a huge variety of nightlife. Head to the Leadmill for Club Tropicana, hit up Pop Tarts for throwback tunes on Saturdays, try out Tiger Works for a £5 round, or get your Corp shoes* on for their School Disco on Wednesdays. *Corp’s floors are so notoriously sticky, you’ll need to delegate a pair of shoes for nights out there
The SU is home to hundreds of societies, catering to interests from Tea to Burlesque to Horror, as well as the Representative Committees which offer you the opportunity to shape what the SU does from the ground up. Working Committees, such as Forge Media, run activities that are important to student life and give you a chance to learn practical skills while also meeting new people and having an impact on life in the SU.
Visit Theatre Deli for performance poetry and novel theatre, stop by The Washington for indie bands and upcoming DJs, check out the local street art on almost every corner, or try West Street Live for local acts (and stay for the inventive, affordable drinks. Try the Chuck Norris if you're daring, or the Coco Milko if you're planning on actually enjoying what you’re drinking).
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.