Welcome to Sheffield!!

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Congratulations! You've passed your exams and been accepted at The University of Sheffield. Here at Res Life, we LOVE Sheffield and we want to make sure that you make the most out of your time here, so check out all the AMAZING things this city has to offer:

The Peak District

Exploring this National Park is a must! There are so many things to do: you can go cycling and race your friends (you can hire bikes/helmets), take a guided walk or even spend a weekend camping. Check out www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ for more details.

For the animal lovers…

Ever wanted to go for a walk with an alpaca? Well now you can. The Holly Hagg Community Farm on the outskirts of the city has a herd of these furry animals and days of satisfaction can be gained from feeding and walking them. Watch out though: they tend to snatch!  For more information go to https://hollyhagg.org.uk/

The Steel City also has its own cat café, Tabby Teas. This place is awesome; nothing beats the combination of a warm brew and kittens. Go for lunch with friends (or even alone if you’re a hardcore fan) and meet Tabby Teas’ many feline residents. For information and booking see www.tabbyteas.co.uk/ . Res Life will be organising monthly Cat Yoga sessions here so make sure you check out our weekly e-newsletter (sent to you every Sunday at 6pm) for more details.

If alpaca and cats haven’t fulfilled your animal addiction, Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is the place for you. They have birds, bats, butterflies, lemurs, otters, owls, crocodiles, meerkats, butterflies and much more. See www.butterflyhouse.co.uk

See a show

The Lyceum and Crucible Theatres have lots on offer to suit all tastes. The Lyceum tends to have touring shows so if you don't want to head to the West End you can pick up a ticket (with your student discount) to any number of touring companies. The Crucible tends to produce its own shows, from successes like Everyone's Talking About Jamie (now in the West End and in production for a major movie), to Standing on Sky's Edge (an original musical by Richard Hawley) and the triumphant first ever stage production of The Life of Pi (tear-jerkingly good!).  You can also try the Curzon independent cinema at 16 George St (S1 2PF), The Light in the Moor or The Showroom (15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX) for live theatre experiences!

Catch a film…

We love our movies in Sheffield.  From small independent films to massive blockbusters, you can catch a film no matter how niche your preferred genre is.  We even have our own cinema in the Students’ Union so you can get tickets and hugely discounted rates!


Tramlines is one of Sheffield's BIGGEST-EVER PARTIES!  Okay so you may have returned home next summer but it is well worth coming back for this amazing music festival.  For more info see www.tramlines.org.uk/


You'll be able to pick up a 'cup of Joe' at any number of university retail outlets but if you are a true connoisseur of coffee then you have come to the right city as we have so many independent coffee shops that will suit all tastes and budgets!


Sheffield is a truly multicultural city, celebrating many diverse communities from all the way around the world.  And no more so than in the number of excellent eating establishments in and around the campus.  West Street alone has Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Italian, Greek, French to name but a few.  There are too many wonderful places to eat to mention here but why not set yourself a challenge and see how many different cuisines from around the world you can try in your first year. 

So this was your quick guide to Sheffield.  We hope that you have an amazing time getting to know your fellow students, we hope your course is fulfilling but most of all we hope that you have a wonderful year getting to know this AMAZING place to live!!

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