Life In

We’re proud to call Sheffield our home. Really proud. Recently voted the happiest city in the UK (and it’s clear to see why) this Northern town is rooted in rich history and leading the way as one of the most dynamic and vibrant student communities around.

Home to over 50,000 students, Sheffield is jam-packed with things to see and do. So whether you’re looking to hit the town, shop till you drop, or soak up some culture, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for and so much more here.


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Sheffield is home to some world leading institutions such as the University of Sheffield (which is ranked within the top 100 universities in the world), the University of Sheffield International College and Sheffield Hallam University.

Here at Central Quay, we’re perfectly placed to access all of them – less than a 10 minute walk from the International College and just 20 minutes from both universities. We’re well serviced by public transport links too, which means you can hop on a bus or a tram and get there in no time at all.


Food and drink

You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in Sheffield. It’s got a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars serving up drinks and dishes from all over the world. As the birthplace of the UK’s craft beer revolution, there are loads of independent breweries and bars for you to explore, or you can head to Eccleshall Road for a more Bohemian selection of cocktail joints and independent eateries like Ashoka and Kettle Black. In the mood for some street food? Visit Pedder Market on the first weekend of every month, where you can take in live music and exhibitions whilst tucking in to the best street food Sheffield has to offer.


Thanks to the many students who live here, the nightlife in Sheffield is pretty much 24/7. Whatever day or time you choose to head out, there’ll be an awesome bar, restaurant or venue ready to welcome you in with open arms. West Street, Carver Street and Division Street all join up to form the main circuit of bars, pubs and clubs in the city, but every street has its own unique vibe. Head to Bungalows and Bears for a few craft ales or sip a few cocktails over in Gatsby. Whether you prefer to keep it chilled and chat with friends or party into the early hours, Sheffield’s got your ticket to a great night out.


Museums, galleries, theatres, live entertainment and sports venues – when it comes to culture, Sheffield really does have it all. Catch a show at the Crucible Theatre, Lyceum Theatre or the Crucible Studio – the largest theatre complex outside of London – or if you’re feeling arty, explore the Millennium Gallery, S1 Parkspace, Site Gallery or Grove. And if you’re a music lover the city won’t disappoint either. Sheffield is the birthplace of the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Def Leppard and naturally has some great gig venues. The Leadmill is a local institution – one of the best places in town to hear live music, it plays host to almost every touring band. If festivals are more your thing, grab a ticket to Tramlines – a local music festival that takes place across the whole city, featuring national and international artists.


From high street shops to independent retailers, Sheffield’s got something for every taste and budget. Most big-name brands can be found in The Moor and Fargate shopping precincts and also in Meadowhall – the biggest shopping mall in Yorkshire. If you prefer browsing boutiques and independents, go and explore the Antiques Quarter – a lively local area full of shops, bars and cafes, it even has its own gallery.

Kelham Island

And let’s not forget about the bustling community right on your doorstep! Kelham Island and the surrounding area draw people from all over Sheffield to enjoy its many bars, shops and restaurants. In the mood for food? Head over to Pina for their Taco Tuesday deal or feed your belly and your brain at the curry and quiz night at The Fat Cat. If you’re in the mood to shop, go and find some hidden treasures at The Blind Mole Antiques and top off your day with a few cocktails at The Gatehouse.