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Universities in Sheffield

Which universities are in Sheffield? Discover location, transport and facility information for each uni

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  1. Why study in Sheffield?

  2. Entry requirements

  3. Transport links

  4. University of Sheffield

  5. Sheffield Hallam University

Why study in Sheffield?

Sheffield is the UK’s fifth largest city and is located in the north of England. Over 60,000 students live in Sheffield, making it a true student city. The large student population helps local businesses thrive and, as a result, many of these businesses are tailored to students' needs. With many different theatres, cafes, art and music venues, there’s plenty to explore. There’s also lots of parks, public gardens and countryside as 60% of Sheffield is made up of green spaces.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from uni to uni and course to course – the best way to check what you need to get into your preferred course at each university is to use our course chooser and see what each course’s entry requirements are.

Transport links

Average train journey times from Sheffield

Bristol 3 hours 6 minutes
Cardiff 4 hours 49 minutes
London 2 hours 34 minutes
Manchester 1 hour 14 minutes
Nottingham 54 minutes
Oxford 2 hours 30 minutes
Southampton 4 hours 4 minutes

Sheffield is at the centre of the UK railway network.and has an extensive public transport network covering the city centre, suburbs and beyond into South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Regular railway services operate between Sheffield and London St. Pancras (at a journey time of just over two hours), Birmingham (85 minutes), with Leeds Manchester and Nottingham all roughly an hour away, so it’s definitely worth getting a student railcard.

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield teaches around 25,000 students, including around 3,900 from 120 countries. Students here come from a diverse range of countries, including China, Malaysia, Cyprus, Nigeria, India, Bulgaria and more. It also attracts the best teaching staff from all over the world, which adds to the university’s multicultural feel.


The University of Sheffield is not a campus university, although most of its 430 buildings are located in fairly close proximity to each other. The university’s centre lies one mile to the west of Sheffield city centre, where there is a mile-long collection of buildings belonging almost entirely to the university. 

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


The University of Sheffield boasts the number one Students’ Union in the country with access to 350 clubs and societies, a bar, café and restaurant. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness centre with gym, fitness classes and heated indoor swimming pool with sauna and steam rooms and one of the UK’s leading research libraries, with specialist librarians for every main subject area.

For more information on facilities, visit the University of Sheffield facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam has almost 24,000 students, 3,000 staff and more than 400 courses to choose from. The central campus is an award winning building, which cost £50 million to perfect. Hallam is also home to one of the country's most advanced library complexes. 


Sheffield Hallam University is based mainly on two sites; the City Campus is located in the city centre near Sheffield railway station, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away in the Broomhall Estate off Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

The City Campus is a modern environment just minutes from Sheffield's main bus and rail stations and the city's commercial centre. The Collegiate Campus is set among lawns and trees in one of Sheffield’s leafiest and thriving suburbs. Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union runs its own free shuttle bus service throughout term-time for all students with a SHU student card.

See the university profile page for an interactive map and more information. 


There are over 30 sports clubs and 35 social sports sessions every week In everything from rugby to ultimate Frisbee and over 100 student-run societies from rock music to scuba diving.

The university also has state-of-the-art technology that’s available to the students. For instance, the university has the largest PlayStation teaching lab in the world, engineering students have access to a flight simulator to inform their aircraft designs, and healthcare students practise treating cancer patients in a 3D virtual radiotherapy room.

For more information on facilities, visit the Sheffield Hallam University facilities page and see the sports table for what recreational and elite sports are available. 

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