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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!

Sheffield insights
Sheffield’s population
House price’s in Sheffield
Is Sheffield a nice place to live?
Is Sheffield safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in, in Sheffield
Travelling in Sheffield
What are the schools like in Sheffield?
Universities in Sheffield
Eating and drinking in Sheffield
Shopping in Sheffield
Hotels in Sheffield
Top 10 things to do in Sheffield



Sheffield Insights

Sheffield is located in the county of South Yorkshire. Previously, the city of Sheffield was a steel giant but now it is more recently known for its rising scene in the arts and culture and is surrounded by the beautiful Peak District.

It takes around 3.5 hours to reach London from Sheffield via car along the M1. If you want to get there quicker however, it is just over 2 hours via train on the EMR train.


Sheffield Population

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.


Average House Price in Sheffield

Over the past year Sheffield has seen 3,897 sales. The average price paid for a property in Sheffield stands at £200,486 and the current average value stands at £200,235. There has been a fall of -4.28% over the last 12 months but fortunately for housing market Sheffield has seen a rise of 1.63%.


Average Detached House Price in Sheffield

£338,271 is the average price paid for a detached house in Sheffield, this is from 742 sales. On the market currently the most expensive detached house you can buy in Sheffield is a 7 bed, 5 bathroom home worth £1.6 million, the cheapest detached house on the market currently is a 2 bed worth £120,000.


Average Semi-Detached House Price in Sheffield

There were a huge 1,501 semi-detached sales in Sheffield over the past 12 months generating an average price paid of £190,299. Pick up the most expensive semi-detached house in Sheffield for a cool £950,000 for a 4 bedroom home on the edge of the Peak District, the most modest budget for a semi-detached house will get you a 2 bed for £80,000 unless you want to risk going to auction where the guide price is £45k for a 3 bedroom semi.

Average Terraced House Price in Sheffield

If you’re looking to buy a terraced house in Sheffield you can expect to pay around £152,092, this figure has been put together from 1,240 sales over the past 12 months. £68,000 will get you a 3 bed terraced house in Grimesthorpe whereas £535,000 will get you a 4 bed property in the award-winning development in Ranmoor.


Average Flat Price in Sheffield

£135,616 was the average amount home buyers paid for a flat in Sheffield over the past 12 months from 413 sales. Currently there are 1 bed flats on the market from £35,000 and £750,000 will get you a 3 bed penthouse apartment on an exclusive Braemore development.

Renting in Sheffield

The average median rent for a property in Sheffield is £625pcm. The works out at £386pcm for a room, £676pcm for a flat and £724pcm for a house in Sheffield.

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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:


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.

What are the Best Neighbourhoods in Sheffield?

Some of the best neighbourhoods in Sheffield include:

Walkley, Sheffield

Close to the city centre is the neighbourhood of Walkley in Sheffield. There are a good mix of traditional Victorian terraces and new developments in Walkley and the area is in proximity of not one, not two but 5 primary schools and a secondary school…that are all rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted!


Dore, Sheffield

Dore is one of Sheffield’s most affluent areas. The suburb has been beautifully kept to its historical style and has a sweet small village/ town feel but is conveniently located around 15 minutes from Sheffield city centre. Locals say the Devonshire Arms is a lovely pub to rest in!


Ecclesall Road

If the quiet life isn’t your thing then definitely check out Ecclesall Road! It is full of pubs, bars and parks meaning you are just within a 10 minute walk of everything you need. Ecclesall Road has a multi-cultural community so you can experience a flavour of something from around the world in the comfort of your doorstep.

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Travelling in Sheffield

Getting to Sheffield from London takes around 3hr 15 minutes by car via the M1 but just over 2hrs by train! Sheffield has rebranded itself as the ‘outdoor city’ so there are plenty of walking and bike trails for you to follow.

Buses and Trams in Sheffield

Buses in Sheffield are run by Stagecoach and take you to all the main attractions in and around Sheffield. The trams are being updated to supertrams this year. For more information visit Travel South Yorkshire here:

Sheffield Train Station

There are many train stations inside Sheffield’s borders that grant you access from the very north all the way down to the south border in Sheffield. The central Sheffield Station is the busiest train station in South Yorkshire and is located in the hub of the city.

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’s 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.


What are the Schools like in Sheffield?

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.

Universities in Sheffield

There are three institutions in Sheffield that provide degrees, they include; The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and The Sheffield College.

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities, they excel in research and are renowned for ‘the excellence, impact and distinctiveness’ of their teaching. The University of Sheffield offer many courses from Astronomy to Zoology!

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University won an award for their teaching quality in The Times’ Good University Guide 2020. Built in 1843 but only as an established university 25 years ago, Sheffield Hallam is progressively making itself known! Sheffield Hallam University offers many courses also including the arts, computing, languages, marketing and teaching to name just a few.

The Sheffield College

This college offers you the opportunity to attain a degree without going to university as all of their courses are validated by Sheffield Hallam University. The benefit of choosing a college over a university includes smaller classes sizes and a cheaper tuition fee. The college currently offers 31 degree level courses of a wide range of subjects.

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Eating and Drinking in Sheffield

These are the top three restaurants in Sheffield according to TripAdvisor (September 2020):

  1. Grazie

Beating the rest to the top spot is Grazie which serves delicate Italian dishes in a cosy and friendly restaurant. Reviewers rave about the authentic tasting food and the attentive staff.


  1. Turnip & Thyme

This British restaurant managed to secure the second spot with 157 excellent reviews. Many people review saying that the roast dinner served at Turnip & Thyme is the best they’ve ever had!


  1. Enver’s Turkish Grill

Customers enjoy the fresh food and Middle Eastern flavours at Enver’s Grill. As you would expect the people of Sheffield love this place not only because of the tasty food but the great service too.


These are the top three pubs and bars in Sheffield according to TripAdvisor (September 2020):


  1. Crookes Social Club

Customers enjoy the live music and atmosphere of this club in Sheffield that has the capacity to hold up to 500 people and as an added bonus the beer garden is a great place for the kids to let off some steam.


  1. Revolution

Cocktail making is on the cards if you are planning to visit Revolution with a group of friends. If making your own cocktails isn’t your thing, worry not there are plenty on the menu to chose from.


  1. BrewDog Sheffield

Enjoy a wide range of quality beers and pizzas at BrewDog Sheffield. The rustic/industrial setting has an easy, relaxed vibe so you can enjoy time spent with your family and friends.



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.

Devonshire Quarter

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:


Hotels in Sheffield

The top three hotels in Sheffield according to TripAdvisor (September 2020) are:

  1. Whitely Hall Hotel

From £70 a night this 16th century mansion provides you with a touch of elegance and romance. The tranquil grounds are the perfect place to sit back and relax with a cup of tea. Why not upgrade your room to include a Juliet balcony with views over the lake.


  1. The Garrison Hotel

From £64 a night you can enjoy the award winning grounds and gardens whilst resting your head comfortably in the historic Grade II Listed building. Enjoy a tasty meal and a drink at the Guardhouse Bar and Restaurant too!


  1. Premier Inn, Sheffield

From £38 a night you can always rely on a comfortable night sleep at a Premier Inn. Guests at this Premier Inn are delighted with the food on offer for great prices.



Top 10 things to do in Sheffield

  1. Peak District National Park
  2. Sheffield Botanical Gardens
  3. Sheffield Winter Garden
  4. Peak Cavern
  5. Peveril Castle
  6. Kelham Island Museum
  7. Magna Science Adventure Centre
  8. Wentworth Woodhouse
  9. Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
  10. Meadowhall Shopping Centre


Need a Locksmith in Sheffield?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Sheffield Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Sheffield provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once your in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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