The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Sheffield
Here is everything you need to know about Sheffield, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Living in Sheffield
The Best Neighbourhoods in Sheffield
Sheffield Transport Links
What are the schools like in Sheffield?
Universities in Sheffield
Leisure and Amenities
Top 10 things to do in Sheffield
Need a Sheffield Locksmith?
A city with the River Sheaf running through it, Sheffield is a historic part of Yorkshire and is a central hub of culture, vibrance and historical reference. Sheffield’s importance is rooted in its role within the Industrial Revolution, where cutting edge technology and significant inventions were developed within the city which shaped the course of history. With the city’s history established through steel, the city has developed into England’s shining star of art and culture; most of the factories which once saw Sheffield become an important play have now been hollowed out to make way for galleries, theatres, and museums.
Sheffield is well known as the hometown of one of the most famous alternative bands, the Artic Monkeys, so it’s no surprise that Sheffield is a centre for music and art.
What is the population of Sheffield?
According to World Population Review the current population in Sheffield stands at 730,158 in September 2020, this figure has steeply risen from the year 2000 and shows an incline of 0.69% residents annually. This works out that there are 4,000 people per square mile but this figure is more than double in the urban area. However, according to the site Sheffield has more trees per person than any other European city from the 250 gardens, parks and woodland areas found inside its borders.
The annual crime ratio for Sheffield is 36 crimes per 1000 people, this 12% higher than the national crime rate. The most common crimes within Sheffield are categorised as either antisocial behaviour or violent crime and are most commonly found within the city centre.
Higher Crime Areas in Sheffield
The highest crime can be seen in central Sheffield which a multitude of bars, clubs and shops call home. With the vast amount of hospitality and retail, central Sheffield is more prone to crimes such as anti-social behaviour and shoplifting and anyone visiting should be more aware of these.
Apart from central Sheffield, areas such as Burngreave, Darnall, Firth Park and Manor Castle are areas with higher crime rates.
The ‘Steel City’ is becoming a popular place for people to move to, whether young professionals looking for culture and nightlife, students looking to get a degree and experience student life in a larger city or families looking for more affordable housing.
Sitting on the River Sheaf, Sheffield offers not only city living and a metropolitan lifestyle but also is one of the greenest cities in Europe! Home to over 250 parks, woodlands and gardens, this city is very family friendly. In this section, we discuss everything that you need to know about living in Sheffield, whether you are looking to relocate or are thinking of attending university in Sheffield.
House Prices in Sheffield
According to Zoopla, the average price for a property in Sheffield is £219,925 which is a 1.14% increase compared to the last 12 months.
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Renting in Sheffield
Home report that to rent a property in Sheffield it will cost on average £827 per calendar month.
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Is Sheffield a Nice Place to Live?
Sheffield is an excellent place to live if you enjoy the benefits of cheaper costs of living by being up north in the UK whilst working in a progressive, employable city with excellent transport links and being close to the beautiful English countryside.
Sheffield is the UK’s 5th largest city and is increasing in popularity as more students decide to study and continue living there after they graduate. Its past would have you believe that Sheffield was a steel city but it has recently rebranded itself as ‘the outdoor city’ in 2016. If you like being active and getting outdoors Sheffield has multiple activities for you to try including hiking, climbing, water sports and many more. Check it out here: https://www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/activities
Is Sheffield a Safe Place to Live?
Sheffield comes in at number 12 as the UK’s Safest Places to Live chart according to Compare the Market but by filtering it by crime Sheffield comes in even better at number 10. It was reported that 198 crimes took place in Sheffield per 100,000 people.
The best neighbourhoods in Sheffield will depend on what you are looking for. Students will prefer areas like Crookes, whereas Fulwood is a favourite to families.
With a variety of shops, cafés, pubs, and bars alongside the proximity to the University of Sheffield this area is popular with students for its vibrant nature and atmosphere. Parks such as Crookes Valley, Ponderosa and Weston Park are local to the residents of Crookes and offer leisure amenities to keep all residents busy. Surprisingly, this area is also popular with families with younger families, as it offers great commuting links to the city centre whilst also being a lively community itself. Buying and renting in this area will be slightly higher in this area due to demand, but the residents are treated to only a 20 minute walk into the city centre, so we would argue it is worth it.
In the heart and soul of Sheffield, St Paul’s has undergone much renovation to provide nightlife, leisure and premium housing that is central to all of the action. This area is particular popular with young working professionals who are looking for the metropolitan lifestyle with all amenities within walking distance.
Properties in this area are slightly lower in price as it is still an up and coming area, so currently this area offers lower cost housing with all the luxury expected from city living.
An on the rise area that is becoming increasing popular for students of Sheffield’s two university but also families, Walkley offers a variety of different properties that come in a range of prices to suit all needs. From Victorian terraced houses to new build communities, there is a property type that suits any needs. However, one of the biggest selling points for this area is the excellent schools in the area that all boast an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted including Notre Dame High School, making this area a very attractive area for families.
Sheffield itself is quite central to the UK, so not only are the internal city links convenient but links to other major cities in the UK are fairly painless.
Getting Around by Bus
Like most big cities, Sheffield run an efficient bus service to ensure that getting across the city is easy and convenient. With different routes, running regularly throughout the city, the bus is a cost effective way to travel across the city whether you are just visiting for the weekend or are commuting to work.
Getting Around by Tram
A unique part of the city that isn’t seen in many across the UK is Sheffield’s tram service. With four lines offering commuting links across the city, including stops at train stations, the two universities in Sheffield, Sheffield Cathedral, and sport arenas.
In an attempt to promote more eco-friendly travel, Sheffield as implemented a series of cycle routes around the city, to offer commuters the chance for safe cycling around the city. There is even a fair few organised rides and local cycling groups that you can join if you are looking to use a bike as your main mode of transport.
Train Transport Links
Sheffield Station is a popular stop for different rail lines, offering convenient direct links to Leeds and Manchester, with London only 2.5 hours away and Edinburgh only 3.5.
Where is Sheffield’s Closest Airport?
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a short 30 minute drive from the centre of Sheffield. Alternatively, Manchester Airport is also just over an hours’ drive away.
Hospital in Sheffield
There are a few hospitals located to the left of the city centre in Sheffield including Royal Hallamshire Hospital and located in the north of the city is Northern General Hospital.
There are 202 schools and colleges located in Sheffield, 163 of those are primary, 49 secondary and 31 schools and colleges that offer 16-18 further education. Some of the schools that have recently achieved the Ofsted rating ‘Outstanding’ are Becton School, Hunter’s Bar Junior School and the Rowan School. There were a handful that recently achieved ‘Requires Improvement’ including The Birley Academy, Concord Junior School and Rainbow Forge Primary School. There was just one school, Westfield School that received the grade ‘Inadequate’ in 2017. Many schools achieved the rating of ‘Good’ in Sheffield.
With 159 primary schools within the Sheffield postcodes, families are spoilt for choice when it comes to education. Many of the primary schools within Sheffield have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
The Walkley area is home to one of the highest rated secondary schools in the area, the Notre Dame High School, which received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. The vast majority of secondary schools in the area have received at least of a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted, with 8 schools gaining ‘outstanding’.
As one of the UK’s leading research universities and a part of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield is known for their outstanding academic and teaching performance. The University is not only ranked the 14th in the UK, but internationally ranked as 93rd in the world and 45th in Europe.
As a university that is known for its academic excellence, the University of Sheffield has a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses alongside the opportunity for students to take masters and PhDs.
Ranmoor and Endcliffe are the biggest communities in Sheffield, with a range of different student room configurations to choose from. From shared rooms to individual rooms with en-suites to studio flats all student accommodation offers a student lifestyle where they have spaces to socialise, study and exercise. Pricing can range from £120 – £150 per week depending on what accommodation type you choose and where in the city the accommodation is.
Sheffield Hallam University
As one of the largest universities in the UK, this university is home to more than 30,000 students and can be traced back to 1843. Offering courses from Accounting to Design to Forensics, this university has a wide breath of courses to ensure that all get a phenomenal education.
Student Life in Sheffield
Student life in Sheffield is a varied one, with the city lifestyle in perfect balance of a more chilled and laid back ideal of a smaller university. As a whole the city of Sheffield is a relaxed place where students can not only study and learn but also let their hair down and have a bit of fun.
West and Carver Street are home to a wide variety of different clubs and bars that cater to everyone’s music taste. Paris, Walkabout, Pop World and Crystal are just a few of the locations that you can find on these streets. If you are in the mood for R&B; Paris is the place to be, whereas if you want chart topping hits and creative cocktails; a trip to Crystal is a must.
Leadmill is one of the oldest clubs in Sheffield, featuring live bands, a pick n mix station, and a photo booth it’s sure to be a night that you won’t soon forget. A top tip for Leadmill is to pick up a regular’s card for £3, which will give you a range of different drink offers including £1 mixer drinks (a must have for those on the student budget).
If you are after a themed night, live music and cheap drinks, Plug is the place to visit. Now theme nights might suggest disco or pyjamas, but Plug take their themes one step further with a recent David Attenborough Appreciation night which saw 100 free David Attenborough t-shirts given away.
What to Do in Downtime
Students looking to relax on the weekend should take advantage of the Peak District and The Botanical Gardens for a budget friendly way to spend a chilled Sunday.
Whether business or pleasure, family weekend or couple get away, Sheffield is an exciting city with lots to keep yourself occupied with. In this section we discuss the hotspots to hit when visiting and where are the best places to stay according to Trip Advisor.
Staying Overnight in Sheffield
If you are looking to visit Sheffield, whether a weekend getaway, family city break, or on a business trip, Trip Advisor ranks Whitley Hall Hotel, The Garrison Hotel and Holiday Inn Express as the 3 best places to stay based on traveller ranking.
Whitley Hall Hotel
Rated the top hotel in Sheffield the Whitley Hall Hotel has received an overall Trip Advisor rating of 4.5, with the vast majority of reviews singing their praises. A beautiful ivy-clad 16th century mansion with a tasteful mix of historical and fashionable, this hotel is the perfect place for a weekend get away with its Juliet balconies and lake view rooms. This hotel does cater for all traveller types, however due to its more secluded location it is more suited for leisure than business.
The Garrison Hotel
Another historical hotel, with beautiful moulding and décor that hits at luxury and comfort, this Grade II listed building boasts sprawling grounds for which to enjoy on your stay, alongside a stylish bar and restaurant. With a rating of 4/5 on Trip Advisor, this hotel has been awarded the Travellers Choice award for 2021 due to their consistently good reviews. The Garrison is closer to Sheffield city centre, but a car would still be recommended for easy access into and around the city. Once again, this hotel is more suited to leisure guests than business as the commuting links is not as convenient as a hotel within the city centre.
Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre
With a 4/5 rating on Trip Advisor, the Holiday Inn Express is a household name that promises comfort, convenience at a cost effective price and the reviews for this particular Holiday Inn seems to be confirmation of that. A more central location in Sheffield, this hotel would suit any type of guest and has rooms to suit, from family style rooms to rooms with views of the city whatever the reason for your stay you are catered for.
Sitting so close to some of the UK’s most beautiful spots, holding a wealth of different cultural experiences and home to all the comforts of a big city, there is enough in and around the city to keep you occupied for any duration of stay.
The Peak District
If you are a nature lover, Sheffield offers access to one of the most beautiful greens spaces in the UK, sitting extremely close to the Peak District. Only 30 minutes away by car or only a short bus journey away by bus, this national park offers an exciting day out for everyone.
Sheffield Winter Gardens
This award winning Sheffield attraction homes over 2,500 plants from all over the globe and is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last 100 years and is the largest urban glasshouse in Europe. Not home to only botanical beauties but also to a handful of shops and a little café where coffee and a little nibble are a must. And the best thing about the Winter Gardens is that admission is free.
The Birthplace of the UK Craft Beer Revolution
Sheffield is known across the country as the birthplace of the UK’s craft beer revolution, with the city still sitting firmly at the forefront of the British brewing scene playing host to a unique range of beers available throughout the city’s brew houses.
The Beer House, The Ale House and The Ecclesall Ale Club are said to be some of the hottest brew houses in the city, offering a range of cultivated beers and ales.
Award winning and a receiver of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, this archery range offers excitement and adventure for individuals and groups alike offering something a bit different than the mundane.
Things to Do with the Kids in Sheffield
As a family, finding something fun for everyone can be a challenge. But not in Sheffield it isn’t. There are lots for the whole family to enjoy!
The Sheffield Treasure Hunt Trail
If you have some budding pirates in your party, then the Sheffield Treasure hunt is a must. Cracking clues and codes from Sheffield’s statues, signposts and buildings lead you towards a pirate’s bounty at the end of this 1.5 mile trail across the city.
They say this treasure hunt will take any swash buckling privateer around 2 hours to complete, but as the trail stops at some of Sheffield’s most popular tourist attractions you can easily fit in a walk around The Winter Gardens or the Tudor Square to make the adventure a little bit longer.
If your kids are like a fish to water, you might want to stop by Ponds Forge where a wave pool, 2 covered flumes and a last river await. Fun for all the family, there is enough here to keep the kids occupied for hours as they race down the flumes, jump the waves when the siren sounds or even just take time to relax on the lazy river.
With a smaller pool with mini fountains and a friendly dolphin, toddlers and babies can join in the fun with other siblings.
Shopping in Sheffield
Sheffield is a great place for shopping as there is something for everyone, take a look at the different shopping areas below:
If you’re after a full days worth of shopping then head over to Meadowhall that has over 270 retail shops plus restaurants, cafes and a cinema! Meadowhall offers high street chains and high end retail.
Sheffield Antiques Quarter
Located south of the city centre you’ll find retro and quirky items at Sheffield Antiques Quarter, there are over 60 shops, cafes and bars here as well as the city’s oldest cinema the Abbeydale Picture House which hosts cultural events and screenings so you can be sure to find plenty to do here.
If you’re after a more cosmopolitan purchase check out the Devonshire Quarter with its award winning shops! Boutiques, music stores and design shops will have you all shopped out but there are plenty of bars and cafes here to rest in after.
The Moor Market
This indoor market provides you with all your fresh fruit and veg, meat, jewellery, clothing etc. as well as great worldwide influenced food stalls.
For more information visit the Welcome to Sheffield website here: http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit/things-to-see-and-do/shopping
A Night on the Town
Sheffield is no stranger to a night on the town, with a host of different bars for sipping cocktails and nightclubs where you can dance the night away. If you are looking for a variety of choices within walking distance, then it is the city centre that you want to hit first. With the city’s three biggest nightlife streets (West, Carver and Division Street) all adjoining to form the ultimate bar crawl, you can easily hop from place to place when the mood changes.
The biggest and liveliest of the three, we recommend that you start your night here where you can not only find a wealth of smaller and cosier independents but also some well known chains. Find favourites such as Turtle Bay, Be at One and Walkabout alongside local favourites such as Bloo 88 and Tiger Works.
Carver Street is where you will find a cluster of bars and clubs which cater to those looking to party until the early hours of the morning. With each night offering a different music genre, there is bound to be a club on this row that is playing your jam.
For a more relaxed evening, but still just as fun, a visit to the bohemian Division Street is a must. With live music performances, quirky bars, and cosy pubs, this street offers a chilled evening with entertainment and great drinks.
- Turnip & Thyme
- Enver’s Turkish Grill
- Napoli Centro Pizzeria
- Restaurant 1584
- Olive Restaurant
- That Place
- The Treehouse Board Game Café
- Na Pedra
- The Botanical Gardens
- Sheffield Winter Garden
- Graves Park
- Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
- Revelin Valley Nature Trail
- Holly Hagg Community Farm
- Crucible Theatre
- Endcliffe Park
- Kelham Island Museum
- Meadowhall Shopping Centre
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