Choosing your university is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. No matter where you end up, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time, but picking the right city can make the experience that little bit more special.
We might be biased, but we think Sheffield is one of the best places to study in the country. The Steel City is home to two fantastic universities – Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam - both of which are well worth your consideration.
To help you get a feel of whether either would be the right choice for you, both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam are hosting open days in October.
We’ve put together this handy guide to provide you with everything you need to know about each. To help sway your decision, we’ve also highlighted some of the best things about the city and suggested some things to do whilst you’re here.
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Sheffield Hallam University
Date: Sunday 2nd October
Time: From 9.30am to 3.30pm
Location: The open day will be held across both of the university’s campuses – City and Collegiate. Approximately a mile apart, there will be free shuttle buses running between the two throughout the day.
How Do I Book?
To book your place and plan your itinerary, visit the Sheffield Hallam University website.
Can’t Make This One?
Handily, if you can’t make the 2nd October, there will be two more undergraduate open days held at Sheffield Hallam in 2016. These will take place on Saturday 12thNovember and Sunday 4th December.
Date: Saturday 22nd October
Time: From 10am to 4pm
Location: The Sheffield University campus can be found to the north of the city, within walking distance of the city’s bus and train stations.
How Do I Book?
You can book your place and specify the talks you wish to attend on the Sheffield University website.
What Can I Do Whilst I’m Here?
Where’s A Good Place for Coffee?
Couch have two superb coffee venues in Sheffield. Handily, one is located on Ecclesall Road and the other can be found on Campo Lane in the city centre. Comfortable and charming, these both serve unique blends of tasty coffee.
Where Should I Go For Lunch?
Where Should I Go For Dinner?
The city boasts two superb smokehouses – Red’s True Barbeque on Ecclesall Road and Smoke Barbeque in the centre. Le Bistro Pierre, which is reachable by bus, offers some great vegetarian options nearer to Ecclesall Road.
How Can I Get A Feel For The City?
Sheffield’s city centre is incredibly diverse, with an abundance of green spaces juxtaposing next to converted industrial landmarks. To unwind in relaxing surroundings, Western Park and the Peace Gardens are two of the city’s charming, centrally-located parks.
If you’re more down towards Ecclesall Road, you can experience Sheffield in a different way. Coffee houses and independent shops line the famous street, with Endcliffe Park making an ideal place for a stroll.
If you’re after a bit of culture, the Millenium Gallery in the centre regularly plays host to some excellent art exhibitions. This can be found next to the Winter Gardens, which house an array of plant life inside a truly stunning architectural frame.
- The Sheffield Hallam City campus can be found opposite Sheffield train station.
- The Sheffield Hallam Collegiate campus is 20 minutes’ walk away from the City campus, near to Ecclesall Road.
- If you’re coming by train, there are discounts available from selected cities. You can find more information on these here.
- The expansive campus sprawls across the north of the city centre. Buses run from the interchange next to the station. Alternatively, the campus can be reached on foot within 15 minutes’ walk.
- For those arriving by car, there is ample parking both in the city centre and on Ecclesall Road.
- Doncaster-Sheffield is the nearest airport.
- There are selected cycle routes throughout the city centre.
Why is Sheffield a Great Place to Study?
As one of the greenest cities you’ll see, Sheffield is a wonderful place to live. With the Peak District located right on its doorstep, you get the hustle and bustle of city centre living mixed with countryside tranquillity, all in one package.
A city steeped in historical traditions, Sheffield also boasts a number of additional attractions. With some of the best real ale pubs in the country, you’ll never be short of a new drink to try.
Additionally, the city has produced some of the UK’s most well-recognised bands (namely the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp) and the music scene here is always thriving. There’s few betters place to check out new and established talent. The now established Tramlines Festival is always an annual highlight.
We might be biased, but we really do think it’s a great place to live. Which is probably why such a high proportion of students choose to stay here once they graduate.
Make a Weekend of It
To truly experience Sheffield, why not stay a night or two around an open day? Whether you’re visiting with friends or family, this is a great way to get to know the city better.
To cater for such visits, we at Sheffield Metropolitan can help. Not only are we ideally-located in the city centre, we also offer a range of outstanding rooms.
As one of the leading Sheffield hotels, you can be sure that we'll make your stay one to remember.