A world-class university – a unique student experience. Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.


With 5 Faculties and over 50 departments, there are many study options at The University of Sheffield .

Teaching staff at Sheffield are globally leading with innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Many of them are accredited Senior, Principal, and National Teaching Fellows, which means they’re recognized at a national level for their high-quality teaching.

Our job is to prepare you for life after university. That’s why there are also usually opportunities to get out of the classroom and explore the world beyond your subject and apply what you learn.

At Sheffield you’ll have the chance to work with students from different subjects, as well as external organisations and local communities where you could really make a difference.


When you study here you get one of the best student experiences in the UK – and that's according to the people who matter most, our students.

Our campus is a city-based campus, so you will be studying in the heart of Sheffield and within walking distance to shops, bars and restaurants. Our campus is surrounded by beautiful green spaces such as Western Park and Ponderosa Park, so you can enjoy some of the green spaces that the city has to offer. 

We’re continually investing in our campus and facilities to ensure we provide a high-quality learning environment with access to all of the resources and technology you need. The University’s history dates back to 1905 and our campus features both historic buildings and contemporary architecture.


We provide a range of support services to look after your health and wellbeing, enhance your opportunities for success and help you make the most of your time at university. 

We offer support for our International Students through our International Student Support Team on immigration matters, settling into life in the UK and English Language Support.

We offer academic support via our 301: Academic Skills Centre and personal tutors. We also offer support on mental health, counselling, wellbeing and disability and dyslexia support. 

We offer financial support and scholarships for students. 


Sheffield is continually investing in facilities to offer the best possible teaching and learning experience. The Diamond and Engineering Heartspace are dedicated hubs with 19 specialist laboratories for engineering students as well as lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and IT services. 

The University’s main library is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, and has more than £1.3 million books and periodicals. The University has more than 3,532 study areas and more than 2,000 computer workstations. 

Our School of Architecture offers all the tools you need here, including dedicated design studios with panoramic views over Sheffield and specialised architecture resources. Our Workshop has a comprehensive range of equipment including laser cutters, CNC router, bandsaw, bench sanders, vacuum former, heat sheet bender, TIG welding and a huge range of battery-powered and hand tools. Staff are on site to offer advice and assistance and the workshop offers a well-stocked shop which sells modelling materials.

Other departmental facilities are that we are an all-Steinway Music School, we have EEG and virtual reality suites and the Arthur Willis Environment Centre provides state-of-the-art 'GroDome' plant growth facilities comprising 16 discrete compartments with the capacity to simulate a range of current environments as well as future climate scenarios. 

All of these facilities are to support teaching and learning and prepare our students practically for the world of work.  


We have the Number 1 Students’ Union in the UK, and becoming a Sheffield student is all about trying new things, testing your strengths and discovering what you're passionate about. 

There are over 400 societies and sports clubs to get involved with. You could help to write the student newspaper or climb a mountain. If there isn’t a club or society for you, then you can start your own.

You don't have to stick to one thing. If you think your Singers society should get together with the Beekeeping society, go for it, see what happens. If you don't have the time to go to anything regularly, our ‘Give It a Go’ scheme lets you sample different clubs and activities on a pay and play basis.

If you’re looking for great cafes, bars and nights out then our £20 million Students' Union is a great place to start. Take your pick from a mix of live music, comedy, talks, film screenings and nights out or just take time out in the Students’ Union building: the perfect place to meet, eat or relax.

Three on-campus venues attract DJs and bands from around the world. We have club nights running almost every night of the week playing pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and retro.

The 400-seater Students' Union cinema screens foreign films, cult classics or box office smashes. You can watch dance and theatre performances, and stimulate your mind with live, high-profile speakers. Or just take some time to be entertained at our regular open-mic night, pub quiz or our hugely popular comedy night.

Our Sports Facilities are split over two sites.  Goodwin Sports Centre is our flag ship facility hosting a full size synthetic 3G pitch, 3 small sided synthetic turf pitches, a multi-purpose 638sqm sports hall, swimming pool, bouldering wall, 3 squash courts and the superbly equipped S10health Fitness Centre. We also have Norton Sports Park with 5 11 aside football (soccer) pitches, 3 full size Rugby pitches (1 synthetic), cricket pitch and artificial wicket, 9 aside football pitch, lacrosse pitch, synthetic hockey pitch and Ultimate Frisbee and American football pitches also available.

As well as the weekly British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) our clubs also compete in many other local, regional & national competitions. Events run throughout the year including our annual Varsity competition vs our city rivals Hallam University.

Our Campus Leagues and Residence Life programmes help those who want a more relaxed competition or just to get involved through many leagues in sports such as football (soccer) and netball, plus fitness classes and other activities.


The University guarantees you accommodation, providing you meet a few simple conditions. There is a range of accommodation options to suit your needs and budget. You will always have your own bedroom. Our accommodation offers excellent value for money and all bills and utilities are included in the cost. We also have several amenities on-site such as The Village Store, free Residences Fitness Suite for all residents, and the Edge Bar. 

Our Residence Life Team are also there to support you. Residence Life helps students settle into University, introduce you to new things, meet new people and learn new skills. Every week there are loads of opportunities to get involved, from five-a-side football, dance lessons and weekly fitness classes to music lessons, film nights and cultural celebrations. You can meet new people and try new things.

All University accommodation is within a short walk of the University campus.


We work closely with business, industry, the arts, government and NGOs to make sure you develop the skills you need. Our departments have strong links with external organisations that benefit from their research.

All kinds of professionals contribute to the teaching – actors, architects, entrepreneurs, solicitors and surgeons. Some of them are guest lecturers, others are co-supervisors and mentors.


Whilst you’re at Sheffield, you’ll be able to access support and advice from our dedicated Careers Service. Your course will equip you with specialist subject knowledge and a range of transferable skills, but to succeed in a competitive graduate job market, you need to ensure you are prepared for every opportunity that presents itself. Whether you know what job you want, or need help exploring options with your subject, our trained staff can provide a range of different advice, support and training. They organise Careers fairs, events, workshops, CV/application help and interview preparations. We also have our Student JobShop that can help you find part-time work whilst studying.

Our Careers Service can also help you find shorter placements, vacation work and part-time jobs. Recent placements include: AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, ESPN, Fujitsu, IBM, the NHS, Rolls-Royce and Unilever. Some are in Sheffield, some in London or elsewhere.

Through the University volunteering programme, you can take part in projects that give you invaluable insight into how organisations work and why.


Home to more than half a million people, Sheffield is a vibrant major city with events and activities to suit every taste. Key events on the city’s calendar are the World Snooker Championships, Tramlines music festival attracting more than 60,000 people and the UK’s premier documentary film festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest. Sheffield has the UK’s largest theatre complex outside London and the world’s oldest football club. It is easy to get to most places in Sheffield on foot and there are student discounts on trains, trams, and buses as well as in many shops, cafes, theatres, and cinemas.

More than a third of the city is in an area of outstanding natural beauty called the Peak District National Park which is a center for cycling, hiking, climbing, and paragliding. There are more than 200 parks, gardens, and areas of woodland throughout the city including Endcliffe Park, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, and Weston Park which is just a short walk from our main campus. Sheffield is also within a 90-minute drive of four airports with regular flights to destinations across Europe.


Studying at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class educational experience in a vibrant, friendly and welcoming city. Take advantage of everything it has to offer and you won’t just graduate with honours - you’ll graduate with insight, skills and experience that set you apart.

If you would like to find out more about studying at the University of Sheffield, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors. 

Established: 1905

Student population: approximately 30,000

Number of international students: approximately 9,500

City population: around 550,000

Location: In the city of Sheffield, centrally located in the middle of the UK – 2 hours by train from London, 1 hour from Manchester

Closest airport: Manchester Airport is the closest international airport and is approximately 50 minutes away by train 

Nationalities on campus: over 150

Areas of Expertise/Centres of Excellence:

  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Business and Management
  • Politics
  • Archaeology
  • Biosciences & Medicine
  • Architecture

Notable alumni: 

  • Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (Olympic Gold Medal Winner)
  • Dr Helen Sharman (first Briton in space)
  • Amy Johnson (first woman to fly from Britain to Australia)
  • Professor Sir Harry Kroto (Nobel Prize winning chemist)

Nobel Prize Winners:


  • A World Top 100 University (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • Top most 50 international universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)
  • Number 1 Students’ Union in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards)
  • Sheffield is the most affordable student city in the UK (RBS Student Living Index 2021)
  • Sheffield is reported to be the safest large city in the UK and one of the greenest cities in Europe 


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.

Hilary F.
Archeology, University of Sheffield

Describing my university experience in the United Kingdom is a difficult task, as it has honestly been one of the most fun and exciting times of my life. I heartily recommend this experience to anyone who is thinking about a Master's, as living… Read more

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