Posted on December 19 2017
Sheffield has a lot to offer besides high quality student accommodation. Here are the six places that every student should make sure that they visit during their time here.
If you’re living in student accommodation in Sheffield, chances are that you already know about West Street. The start of all good student bar crawls, if you’re looking for a big night out then there’s nowhere better. Student favourites include the lemon drizzle shots at the Wick at Both Ends, the cheap drinks at West Street Live and a night that ends with dancing on the tables at Bierkeller.
Close proximity to the Diamond building make it a good place to go for a quick drink too, and if you’re lucky enough to live in our student accommodation block at 165 West Street then you won’t even need to splash out for a taxi home afterwards.
One of Sheffield’s trendiest areas, Kelham Island isn’t far from the city centre or any of our accommodation. If you want to escape from the main student areas, head down to The Fat Cat or the Kelham Island Tavern for slightly more expensive, but arguably much more enjoyable, pint of locally brewed beer.
An absolute must is Peddler’s Market, which takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Get there early to avoid the inevitable queue and enjoy the street food, craft beer, live music, and art. For your caffeine fix, coffee shops like The Grind Café are well worth a visit and if you’re spending time in the area during the day, make sure you take a look around the Kelham Island museum.
Sheffield has something of a big town feel to it, with a relatively small city centre surrounded by numerous suburbs and independent shops. For all the big chains, Meadowhall is the place to go. If you don’t drive, you can get there either by tram or train.
A couple of tram stops before Meadowhall is Centertainment. Although a new cinema has recently opened in the city centre, you’ll still need to head out of town if you want to experience seeing a film on one of the country’s biggest IMAX screens. As well as that, Centertainment also hosts a bowling alley, a whole bunch of different restaurants, and a lazer quest arena.
The greenest city in Europe, many students living in Sheffield never visit even half of the parks in the city during their time here. Endcliffe Park is always busy and Western Bank Park is obviously popular with University of Sheffield students, but Norfolk Park seems to get overlooked completely, making it perhaps one of the most underrated green spaces in the city. This is good news if you’re living at The Park boutique student village (our student houses that sit on the outskirts of Norfolk Park) as you’re probably not going to have to fight for a patch of grass on a sunny day!
It might not actually be in Sheffield, but no list of the best places to visit in the area is complete without at least a passing mention of the Peak District. Drive up Ringinglow Road from the city centre to reach the popular Stanage Edge, or head further out for a slightly more ambitious walk up Win Hill, Mam Tor, or Kinder Scout.
If you don’t drive, get yourself down the station and catch a train down Hope Valley. For Mam Tor or Kinder Scout you’ll probably want to hop off at Edale or Hope, but you can pretty much jump out at any station and quickly find a nice walk to do. Bring good footwear and a map, and expect to have no phone signal the entire time that you’re out there.