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Guide to public transport

You'll use this more when it comes to the cold autumn / winter nights, when you just can't be arsed walking up Broomhill anymore !

A note about South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Exec (SYPTE) travel passes:

Until you turn 19 you are entitled to apply for monthly travel passes from the SYPTE for travel on all Trams, Buses, and Trains within South Yorkshire for a flat rate of 30 a month.

When you first apply you need a passport sized photo, and proof of age to form the pass, but other than that you just keep getting a new ticket every month from the numerous Sheffield Travel Information Centres.

Taxis

Plenty of them about, more so at night, they take you right to your door/lecture building, but the meter does start at 2.50 - ie make sure that you have a few people in to make it worth while.

Buses

Definately the best option up Broomhill during term time.

First Group Buses:

To Uni:

51 (Yellow Route): Showing CHARNOCK, will drop you at the Dainton Building - before going into the city. Should be caught from corner of Manchester / Fulwood Road or outside the RBS on Whitham Road. Service goes down Western Bank.

52 (Red Route): Showing WOODHOUSE, will drop you at Dainton Building, before turning right at Brook Hill roundabout and then around the St Georges / Mappin Street complex and into the city.
Should be caught from RSB Whitham Road, or any stop going down Western Bank.
*Note a local company "Yorkshire Terrier" also runs an identical 52 Service, their buses are green.
** Students in Tapton Hall can catch 52 from further up the Crookes Road, opposite Tapton Hall.

60 (Purple Route): Showing SHEFFIELD INTERCHANGE, will go down past Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and drop you at the corner of Clarkson Street (outside Bar One), then goes straight over the tram lines down WEST STREET, and can be stopped at the corner of MAPPIN STREET for the Management / Economics St Georges Complex.

This route can be caught from any number of stops along Fulwood Road, and it then takes a right at the HSBC / The York traffic lights at Somerfield.
You can also use this service to take you to the train station and bus terminus for National Express Coaches.

All of the above services run through the city centre.

Away from Uni:

51: (Yellow Route) Showing LODGE MOOR: Can be caught from outside the HICKS BUILDING, and then up WESTERN BANK at stops near CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, WESTERN PARK HOSPITAL etc. Jump off either at THRESHERS, or at junction of Fulwood / Manchester Roads.

52: (Red Route) Showing CROOKES: Can be caught at the same venues as route 51, however DOESNT STOP at THRESHERS, instead turns right at the traffic lights and then stops at CROOKES ROAD / BROOMHILL SHOPS.

*Yorkshire Terrier run a 52 route, will either show Crookes, or Hillsborough via Crookes, and can be picked up at the same places, and will drop off.

**Students at Tapton should take Route 52 further up Crookes Road to Tapton Hall.

60: (Purple Route) Showing FULWOOD: Crimicar Lane.
Can be caught from West Street outside Varsity Bar, or from corner of Clarkson Street near Bar One on the Glossop Road side.
Drop offs are Broomhill shops, before you get to The York / HSBC, it then turns left at Somerfield, and heads down Fulwood Road, with numerous stops along there including Endcliffe Crescent (for Stepho, Woodvale, Crescent Flats, Sorby, Earnshaw, Halifax), Endcliffe Vale Road (for Riverdale, Endcliffe Vale Flats), and a stop further along the road for Ranmoor residents.

*Service runs from Transport Interchange, calling at the Rail Station front, and through the City at Fargate HSBC, then Reflex Bar, Varsity etc.

First Buses do unlimited Termly travel passes: eg Winter passes (13 weeks) 84.
They also do weekly student travel passes for 8.

(UCard or SHU Cards must be produced in both cases).

Trams

Sheffield Supertram has its own stop at Sheffield University.

Luckily for the students it is on the border of the Central Zone, and so travel between University, through the city, for all stops up to and including Sheffield Rail Station / Hallam University is capped at 70p each hourly pass.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR TICKET FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR JOURNEY - Inspectors do come round and CAN force you to buy another if you can't produce a valid ticket whilest on board

Journies between University and Meadowhall take 25 minutes.

Blue Route - Halfway to Malin Bridge

If you are heading towards the city centre from University you want the service for HALFWAY, this service also runs to Sheffield Train Station, Granville Road (for Sheffield United), and Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre.

Yellow Route - Middlewood to Meadowhall Interchange
You can also take a yellow tram from University, the service for MEADOWHALL is the one you want.

This service also runs to Arena / Don Valley Stadium stop, for Hallam FM Arena, IceSheffield, Don Valley, and English Institute for Sport - also runs to Valley Centertainment for the UGC Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, and various eateries. Carbrook for Meadowhall Retail Park, and finally Meadowhall Interchange for the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and Meadowhall Train / Bus Stations.

With your tickets you are allowed to change trams - so you can catch the Yellow one, into the city, change trams, and then get on a blue one to take the line for the train station (a mistake that many people make is to stay on, and then wonder why they miss their train).

At peak time there is a tram from University of Sheffield stop every 5 minutes on average.

If you are going to be hopping about, or taking a "long-distance" eg Meadowhall or Arena etc, return journey then a DayRider is your best buy, at 2.40 offers unlimited travel for the day; and considering the single from Uni to Meadowhall is 1.60 you can see why not to have to buy one outbound single, and then an inbound single !

Trains

Trains from Sheffield offer links to the rest of the country.

To London (St Pancras Interim (in the nearby future International)), the Midland Mainline service takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Services to Manchester Airport / Piccadilly are frequent, at around every 30 minutes, either from Central Trains, or TransPennine Express, taking little over an hour to Piccadilly.

With services to Liverpool Lime Street offered by Central Trains taking 2 hours.

Local long winded services to Leeds and Wakefield are available but stop at the little stations that you see wizz pass on speedy services - better instead to catch a luxurious Virgin Voyager who's services seem to go everywhere, including Plymouth, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newcastle.

Public transport

You'll use this more when it comes to the cold autumn / winter nights, when you just can't be arsed walking up Broomhill anymore !

A note about South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Exec (SYPTE) travel passes:

Until you turn 19 you are entitled to apply for monthly travel passes from the SYPTE for travel on all Trams, Buses, and Trains within South Yorkshire for a flat rate of 30 a month.

When you first apply you need a passport sized photo, and proof of age to form the pass, but other than that you just keep getting a new ticket every month from the numerous Sheffield Travel Information Centres.

Taxis

Plenty of them about, more so at night, they take you right to your door/lecture building, but the meter does start at 2.50 - ie make sure that you have a few people in to make it worth while.

Buses

Definately the best option up Broomhill during term time.

First Group Buses:

To Uni:

51 (Yellow Route): Showing CHARNOCK, will drop you at the Dainton Building - before going into the city. Should be caught from corner of Manchester / Fulwood Road or outside the RBS on Whitham Road. Service goes down Western Bank.

52 (Red Route): Showing WOODHOUSE, will drop you at Dainton Building, before turning right at Brook Hill roundabout and then around the St Georges / Mappin Street complex and into the city.
Should be caught from RSB Whitham Road, or any stop going down Western Bank.
*Note a local company "Yorkshire Terrier" also runs an identical 52 Service, their buses are green.
** Students in Tapton Hall can catch 52 from further up the Crookes Road, opposite Tapton Hall.

60 (Purple Route): Showing SHEFFIELD INTERCHANGE, will go down past Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and drop you at the corner of Clarkson Street (outside Bar One), then goes straight over the tram lines down WEST STREET, and can be stopped at the corner of MAPPIN STREET for the Management / Economics St Georges Complex.

This route can be caught from any number of stops along Fulwood Road, and it then takes a right at the HSBC / The York traffic lights at Somerfield.
You can also use this service to take you to the train station and bus terminus for National Express Coaches.

All of the above services run through the city centre.

Away from Uni:

51: (Yellow Route) Showing LODGE MOOR: Can be caught from outside the HICKS BUILDING, and then up WESTERN BANK at stops near CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, WESTERN PARK HOSPITAL etc. Jump off either at THRESHERS, or at junction of Fulwood / Manchester Roads.

52: (Red Route) Showing CROOKES: Can be caught at the same venues as route 51, however DOESNT STOP at THRESHERS, instead turns right at the traffic lights and then stops at CROOKES ROAD / BROOMHILL SHOPS.

*Yorkshire Terrier run a 52 route, will either show Crookes, or Hillsborough via Crookes, and can be picked up at the same places, and will drop off.

**Students at Tapton should take Route 52 further up Crookes Road to Tapton Hall.

60: (Purple Route) Showing FULWOOD: Crimicar Lane.
Can be caught from West Street outside Varsity Bar, or from corner of Clarkson Street near Bar One on the Glossop Road side.
Drop offs are Broomhill shops, before you get to The York / HSBC, it then turns left at Somerfield, and heads down Fulwood Road, with numerous stops along there including Endcliffe Crescent (for Stepho, Woodvale, Crescent Flats, Sorby, Earnshaw, Halifax), Endcliffe Vale Road (for Riverdale, Endcliffe Vale Flats), and a stop further along the road for Ranmoor residents.

*Service runs from Transport Interchange, calling at the Rail Station front, and through the City at Fargate HSBC, then Reflex Bar, Varsity etc.

First Buses do unlimited Termly travel passes: eg Winter passes (13 weeks) 84.
They also do weekly student travel passes for 8.

(UCard or SHU Cards must be produced in both cases).

Trams

Sheffield Supertram has its own stop at Sheffield University.

Luckily for the students it is on the border of the Central Zone, and so travel between University, through the city, for all stops up to and including Sheffield Rail Station / Hallam University is capped at 70p each hourly pass.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR TICKET FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR JOURNEY - Inspectors do come round and CAN force you to buy another if you can't produce a valid ticket whilest on board

Journies between University and Meadowhall take 25 minutes.

Blue Route - Halfway to Malin Bridge

If you are heading towards the city centre from University you want the service for HALFWAY, this service also runs to Sheffield Train Station, Granville Road (for Sheffield United), and Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre.

Yellow Route - Middlewood to Meadowhall Interchange
You can also take a yellow tram from University, the service for MEADOWHALL is the one you want.

This service also runs to Arena / Don Valley Stadium stop, for Hallam FM Arena, IceSheffield, Don Valley, and English Institute for Sport - also runs to Valley Centertainment for the UGC Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, and various eateries. Carbrook for Meadowhall Retail Park, and finally Meadowhall Interchange for the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and Meadowhall Train / Bus Stations.

With your tickets you are allowed to change trams - so you can catch the Yellow one, into the city, change trams, and then get on a blue one to take the line for the train station (a mistake that many people make is to stay on, and then wonder why they miss their train).

At peak time there is a tram from University of Sheffield stop every 5 minutes on average.

If you are going to be hopping about, or taking a "long-distance" eg Meadowhall or Arena etc, return journey then a DayRider is your best buy, at 2.40 offers unlimited travel for the day; and considering the single from Uni to Meadowhall is 1.60 you can see why not to have to buy one outbound single, and then an inbound single !

Trains

Trains from Sheffield offer links to the rest of the country.

To London (St Pancras Interim (in the nearby future International)), the Midland Mainline service takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Services to Manchester Airport / Piccadilly are frequent, at around every 30 minutes, either from Central Trains, or TransPennine Express, taking little over an hour to Piccadilly.

With services to Liverpool Lime Street offered by Central Trains taking 2 hours.

Local long winded services to Leeds and Wakefield are available but stop at the little stations that you see wizz pass on speedy services - better instead to catch a luxurious Virgin Voyager who's services seem to go everywhere, including Plymouth, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newcastle.

Nightlife

As always there are two elements to a students night out, the Bars, and the Clubs.

Bars

Sheffield isn't short of them.

Start in Broomhill

Hall Bar
My usual choice was Endcliffe Bar, cheap pint/snakebite and move on.

Fox & Duck
Union owned bar, can sometimes get some locals in, but is the official pre-bar for Gatecrasher One on a Monday night.

The York
Scream Bar, don't forget your Yellow Card (1 start of the Year), for discounted drinks/food.

The Broomhill Tavern
Nice little pub, good friendly mix of town/gown.

The Place
Directly opposite the Tavern. Quite a nice one.

The South Sea
Scream Bar; see The York; this one is hidden away, and I didn't become aware of its existance for quite a while.
Used alot by the Tapton residents on the way down into the city.

Head down the hill towards the University. (Stop in at "The Broomhill Friary" for the best local chippy)

Nottingham House
On Glossop Road, on the way down the hill. Quite local, but has a bit of a beer garden for the nice nights out.

Bar One
Union building. Cheap shots and pints always available. Have a game of pool.

OK so now you'll be at University tram stop.

West Street

I can't remember every bar on West Street, here's a few studenty ones.

The Cavendish
Scream Bar; see York re Yellow Card; this Scream Bar however unlike the York is HUGE compared.

Varsity
Don't forget your V-Card (1 for the Year) for cheap drinks offers (about 25 % off), based on 2 floors, and has a huge widescreen projector screen for sports/music videos. Busy, but very good for a night out.

The Swim Inn
Shhhhh. Weatherspoons.

Walkabout
Australian sports bar, ours is good, live music a few nights a week, two floors, the usual mix of many TV screens, showing different channels, and a wide variety of music. Don't forget your SWOT Card for discounted drinks.

Devonshire Quarter
Street running parallel to West Street.

Vodka Revolution
Never before have you tasted such a wide variety of Vodkas. Certainly try the six-stick (8 for 6 shots), don't just have the same shot all the way along. This place also serves some of the wildest cocktails.

Frog & Parrot
Home of the legendary, former world record holding, Worlds Strongest Beer, the Roger & Out (circa 15 %), that they can only serve in 1/3rd pint glasses.
Drink three in a night and you get a certificate, this one is only for the die-hard ale fan as I didn't like the first sip.
Also had an offer on 10 Vodka & Red Bulls for 10 this year which wasn't bad.

Yates'
Always popular, ever faithful.

Many many more worth a mention, but I just can't be bothered ! More information on Sheffield Pub Guide, search the City Centre area.

Clubs

Sheffield Union
Speaks for itself, very often NUS only. As far as I can think there is a night for everything. Frouk (Friday) in the Sheffield Octagon (capacity 1500), with Official Pre-Bar in Bar One (SUSU) is my particular favourite.

Gatecrasher One
Crasher is the home of UK clubbing, and hosts the official Union night on a Monday. Well worth a look. Good night out.

Kingdom
I like Kingdom, purely for Monday night Vodka Revolt. 2 rooms, one for clubbing, where it gets extremely busy, and hot, and a second, busy, but not as, room, for happy party sorta stuff. The rest of the week at Kingdom is worth a go, and if you want to cause trouble go on a Wednesday and take the Uni bashing Hallam AU night on the chin !

Corporation
Alternative venue. Home of some rock and metal, indie, hip-hop, ska etc across 3 rooms. If alternative is your sort of scene, then theres normally something being played in one of the 3 that you'll enjoy.

Also now home to Skool Disco on a Wednesday night. If you want a fun St Trinians night, this one is a good laugh. (Free entry in St Trins wear)

Leadmill
Venue is a great night out, 3 rooms; Monday night SHAG is worth a night, as is Vodka Nationwide on a Wednesday, Thursday night FAB is Pop, Friday night Royale/Risque is classy. Genuinely can't say much of a bad word against it.

Spearmint Rhino's Gentlemen Club

Certainly always worth a visit for a laugh - and if you've got a lass along with you make sure she's game for a laugh too.

Admission: 10

Topless dance: 10
Nude: 20

This is not some seedy strip joint; by far the more classy and beats the Dancing Dollar in Attercliffe hands down.

You'll find it Spearmint Rhino right opposite the brand new Hallam Union which should be in use this year; it was the National Centre for Popular Music, which flopped - it'll make a Union worth visiting, as their current one is a dive !!

Obviously 18+ only.

Don't try to go in there totally hammered. And most importantly DON'T TOUCH

Sport

Sheffield was Britain's first "City of Sport", and continues to be the hub of top class facilities.

Don Valley Stadium

Home of the Sheffield Eagles rugby league side, many athletics events, and recently hosted Channel 4's "The Games", great venue, which excels with its intimacy.

IceSheffield
Brand new facility opened in October 2003 - with 2 ice pads; public skating is great fun, and inexpensive with their special themed nights running throughout the week. Students normally get a discount here.
Home to some ice hockey, though not that of the Sheffield Steelers.
Seated capacity of around 1500.

Sheffield Arena
Though not directly a sporting venue, rather an entertainments venue, the Hallam FM Arena is home to the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club, and selected Westfield Sharks Sheffield Basketball Club fixtures through out the year. Basketball finals, hockey finals, boxing events, have all been seen at the Arena.

Capacity 9500.

English Institute For Sport - Sheffield

The EIS Sheffield, is an incredible venue which played host to this years GB Indoor Athletics Trials / AAA Indoor Championship broadcast live on the BBC.
As well as an indoor track, with seated capacity of 1200; there are also:

4 Multi Purpose Sports Courts
- Hosting Badminton, Netball, Basketball, 5 a side.
Boxing Centre
Judo Centre
Table Tennis Centre.

There is also a fantastic gym facility down there.

All of these venues are accessible from "Arena / Don Valley Stadium" tram stop on the Yellow / Purple Routes destined for Meadowhall.

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Home of the Westfield Sharks Sheffield, this place has a large hall, with 1800 seats; Olympic size pool, which hosts the GB selections, and a fun pool with flume, which is cheap to access.
This is found at the bottom of Commercial Street, at "Fitzalen Square / Ponds Forge" tram stop in the city centre section.

Sheffield United Football Club
The Blades, playing in the Coca Cola League - Championship. The red/white section of Sheffield is found at Bramall Lane, accessible on foot if you walk down "The Moor" shopping area, and follow signs from Staples / Decathelon.
Alternatively catch a blue tram for Halfway, purple tram for Herdings, and get off at "Granville Road / The Sheffield College" where the ground will be visible.

Matchday prices tend to vary dependant on the Grade the match is given, grade A games being more expensive.

Students: Prices vary between 5 - 15 dependant on the grade, and the stand you choose. To be entitled to these tickets you must purchase Student membership costing 15 from Sheffield United FC.
(NUS Cards must be produced at time of purchase, AND admission).

3 or 4 times during the year SUFC hold Student specials (Normally Cat C games) where Student Admission is 5 for all students, and no membership needs to be purchased - details of these games are made available at Union Box Office, and in the HUB (Hallam Union Building).

Sheffield Wednesday FC

The Owls, play at the infamous Hillsborough Stadium - and compete in Coca-Cola League One.

Student prices for 2004-5 Season range between 9-12 dependent on where you choose to sit, though you if you buy your tickets before match day, you recieve 1 off each ticket.

UNLIKE SUFC, THERE IS NO STUDENT MEMBERSHIP POLICY

U-Cards and SHU Cards must be produced at time of purchase and admission.

Travel costs 1.50 return, and tram users should alight at "Lepping Lane".

Goodwin Sports Centre

Part of Sheffield University's facilities, with a climbing wall, multi purpose sports hall, and numerous outdoor artificial pitches, along with tennis courts.

Also features the super modern and value for money S10-health facilities (The Gym).

Cofield Swimming Pool

University pool with steam room / sauna.
2 per session from 7 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday, otherwise 3.

There are more pitches for hire, and leisure centres in the city than those named.

Buy a "Slice" card, from Ponds Forge for 3 for the year, to give discounted activity prices at all of the facilities within the Sheffield International Venues (SIV Ltd) group, and other selected facilities across the city.

For swimming, for example, it guarentees at least a 30 % saving at all times.

Registration for new students

Moving in weekend is Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th September.

Let the mayhem begin.

Aside from getting totally trashed the first week that you are there, you do have some administrative duties to perform.

First things first:

Get yourself to University House (next to the Union building), try and find somewhere to put your parents car, and make sure they stay in it. Take all your documentation, INCLUDING your contract with you.

After queueing for about 10 - 15 minutes, making cheap conversation with other nervous people, you'll collect, and sign for the keys, and you'll be on your way, trying to make head or tail of the map to figure out where the bloody hell you are now relative to which direction the car is pointing !

Get yourself moved in, and happy.

Now you've moved in, got rid of your parents, making sure they don't take your map with them, you'll need, sometime over the weekend to get yourself down to Firth Court (castle like building across the road from the Union), to collect your registration pack.

Fill some forms in, and do it before you have to attend registration, sometime over the next four days from then.

If you have any modules left to select, they will need to be finalised in a meeting at the Octogan Centre before registration.

Registration will be done in Goodwin Sports Centre - this is another chance for you to queue, make cheap conversation, but bear in mind this time that chances may have it that some of these people will be on your course. You'll need your finance forms and stuff that'll be provided for you in your registration pack; and you'll pay your first payment of your tuition fees . By the end of it though you are rewarded with your golden ticket - your UCard - yes that photo you sent in will stay on this card for 3 (4) years, so make sure its a good one !

Registration Timetable for New Undergraduates.

After registration you'll also go upstairs to attend your University Health Service (UHS) interview; expect a blood pressure test, questions about any allergies, family medical history, and indeed quizzed about your weekly alcohol unit intake.

But do ensure that you sign up for Health Service, you never know when you might need it.

What else .... ? Although I don't have the dates and venues for them, I know that you'll have general departmental meetings, where you'll be introduced to some of the key departmental staff, and additionally your Personal Tutor for that department will be allocated.

The normal deal then, unless then are away, is to go straight to that tutors room, which you'll have to find, and make yourself known; just knock on the door, nothing to worry about.

It is important that you follow your intro week timetable and attend the meetings that it lists, otherwise you are likely to miss important information regarding your course.

HOWEVER

The following part of the formal Intro Week, is the only part that I am strongly advising you avoid - and that is the "Welcome to Sheffield" speech in the Octogon by the Chancellor / Union Sabbaticals.

It occurs on Monday 20th September at the following times, dependant on what faculty you find yourself in:

09:30 Faculties of Pure Science and Medicine
11:00 Faculties of Social Sciences and Architectural Studies
13:00 Faculties of Arts and Law
14.30 Faculty of Engineering and Visiting Students

Go instead and explore the city, or the Union building whilst it's quiet.

Student's union building

Assuming you get to Sheffield University then this is where the social scene is most likely to start, before you gain the confidence of knowing where you are to explore the city.

So heres my guide to the Sheffield Union of Students Building.

First things first, no building thats on 4 floors is going to be easily navigable, so the map is attached.

LEVEL ONE

Bar One
Every Sheffield student knows of this venue, assessible either by going through the side entrance on Glossop Road, or by going through the main doors on the Western Bank side and going down two levels.
Cheap cheap drinks every night of the week; 8 pool tables at 50p a time, and loads of TV screens for your sporting events, and coverage of student favourites such as The Simpson's.
On a nice day, the outside gardens and sunshine deck make a great place for BBQs and the likes.

One to Go
Fast food outlet within Bar One, cheap food, and quite possibly the biggest portion of fries for 79p you'll ever encounter.

Plenty of arcade games on this level too, and soft drinks dispensers.

LEVEL TWO

Fusion & Foundry

Home of Ent's nights Lickerish (R&B, Hiphop, Soul - Monthly); Climax (LGB Monday Monthly);Tuesday Club (Weekly), Juice (AU Pop - Wednesday Weekly), Fuzz Club & Bleach (Messy Metal and Dirty Indie, Thursday Weekly), Pop Tarts (Saturdays Weekly, 60s thru to Today).
Capacity of the two rooms together, 1200.

The SU Auditorium
Many lectures happen in here during the day, delivered to first year students due to the size of the groups being taught. But in the evenings the Film Unit have it a couple of nights a week all year, and with a capacity of 400; they host movies delayed by about 8 weeks, at 1.70 for a single ticket, or indeed for a years pass 30.

Interval Cafe Bar
Relaxed and refined, the Interval is the laid back sister of Bar One. Its leading bar design is unique amongst Student Unions as is its service. From hot breakfast sandwiches to pasta, wraps and speciality vegetarian dishes, the Interval provides food right into the evening. You can accompany your continental cuisine with continental beverages too - the Interval has a selection of international beers and wine.

LEVEL THREE

The main level from the entrance off Western Bank.

Box Office
Does what it says on the tin, a vital place for your ent's tickets, also issues tickets for Sheffield International Venues & Theatres (Hallam FM Arena, EIS Sheffield, Crucible, Sheffield City Hall, Lycyem, IceSheffield and Ponds Forge ISC).

Student Advice Centre / Sheffield Students Information Centre
Information point, for all your forms, detail changes, and in the event of any general local information needed.

Endsleigh Insurance
Sheffield University Union Branch

STA Travel

Natwest Bank
Sheffield University Branch

Oxfam Store
Sheffield University Union of Students Store

The Studio
All your Sheffield University hoodies, T-Shirts, Sweaters, and goodies, as well as the cheapest ink catridges around, and photo developing.

Harold Brookes Formal Hire
The best place to hire ball (and other formal occasion) wear.

Union Shop
Student essentials including stationary, magazines, and food/drink

Coffee Revolution
Fairtrade coffee available here, quite expensive though.

The Source
Network enabled computer suites, and local information point.
Lower floor of the 24 Hour Revison Centre during Exam Periods.

The Copy Shop
They'll do anything if you give them the artwork, large banners, posters, business cards...

The Sandwich Shop
Food/drink on the go, snacks generally.

Launderette
Mainly used by 2nd / 3rd years bringing their stuff down, as all 1st year accomodation has some form of laundering facilities on site.

Some Sabbatical Officers' Offices on this level also.
More Vending Machines

LEVEL FOUR

The Gallery
The upper level of The 24 hr Revision Centre during Exam Periods, has more Network enabled computers, coffee / soft drink machines, and plenty of desks as well as comfy couches.

Meeting Rooms
More Sabbatical Officers' Offices

Loxley Food Court
Sally's Coffee Lounge
University owned food venues, but very nice if you want to sit down, read a news paper and eat/drink for a bit.

The Union also owns two bars in residential areas:

Fox and Duck
Broomhill

Rising Sun
Fulwood

The University of Sheffield review

Sheffield is a really friendly and fun place to live. There's something for everyone, whatever your background. It's no longer the depressed slums of the eighties but is really making an effort to become the city it wants to be. Of course there are still some areas I wouldn't venture into alone at night, but that's the same anywhere. You’re safe enough around the Uni though and the Woman’s minibus is great, getting you home anywhere within four mile radius for just fifty pence.

The Union is very active but has lots of issues. Everyone is equal, just some may be favoured. Though the sports clubs and societies are second to none. With the new sports centre with astro turfs, pool, squash courts and bouldering arena as well as the usual it really is a high class service, if not a bit expensive. It may sound a lot but it really is worth getting the three year membership if you are remotely interested in going twice a week

The club nights and atmosphere around the Union buildings is pretty laid back with a coffee bar, union bar and food halls. This links well when in the first year and the Hall term time parties are worth a visit or two, or three…

As for the engineering department, its huge and well regarded. The lecturers know what they're talking about and are prepared to help out with tutorials and email contacts. Each department runs separately which can be a bit of a nightmare when doing a multi disciplined degree like Aerospace as you have a different set of hand in rules for each lecturer, but it does mean that you have the best of each specialisation.

The Aerospace syllabus isn't quite what I expected and isn't too different from A Levels in that there's six or seven separate subjects in the first year all demanding your attention but it starts to link up in the second year, the hard work is worth the effort. It certainly isn’t a degree to doss about on but managing your time gets easier and there’s still plenty left to get involved with Societies and Clubs. I found that there is a lot more programming and control engineering side of things than this is how an aeroplane flies, if you don’t want the in depth computer control then try Aeronautical rather than Aerospace.

I would recommend Sheffield both for its location, city life and the department. Make sure you discover the Peak District just twenty minutes bus ride away. It’s a city in the middle of the countryside and with the M1 and good train links you can reach home relatively easily when the clean clothes run out!

The University of Sheffield review

Sheffield is an amazing city with so much to offer everyone - a buzzing night life,good shopping, the tram (!) and best of all you can literally just walk out of the city and into the peaks. The halls and flats are only a 15 minute walk from the union and lecture theartres. Would personally recommend going into halls - you meet lots of people really quickly. The JCRs are particularly active in freshers week giving you loads of things to do, so you don't end up spending time in your room wondering what you're doing there! Being really busy in freshers week is really good in helping you to settle in. (And apply for Stephenson hall - it's the best!!! although I'm biased of course)

The union is supposed to be one of the best in the country - that's according to the times and the virgin university guide apparently... it has several food outlets (with really nice beer gardens!)a cinema, shops and loads of clubs and societies. Getting involved in these is the best way of meeting like-minded people... I know lots of people who regret not joining them in the beginning. Don't think you'll get involved later - it's best to start at the beginning so people get to know you when they're geared up for newcomers. The nature of clubs and societies is that they're cliquey - but becoming involved does make you feel that you belong somewhere. It's really good to have friends who you don't live with and who aren't on your course. I didn't realise before I went to uni how important the union would be, but it's your base and a good union contributes loads to your university experience so make sure you compare them...

The medical school at Sheffield is great, although a little disorganised at times. The course is changing quite a lot at the moment, so make sure you read the prospectus carefully. One of the great things about Sheffield is that their ethos is that once you're in medical school they don't want to kick you out, so they do all in their power to get you through exams. They claim that no one ever leaves on academic grounds. I chose Sheffield based more on the city than the medical school as I figured if you've got to live in a city for 5+ years it should be some where you enjoy living. There are no shortage of house officer jobs in the area, and a large number of graduating medics choose to stay in the area. Oh, and one of the best things is that you get 3 weeks of placement in your first year which at the mo is unheard of in other unis! A week with nurses, week with doctors and a week with social services... it was a brilliant experience (and they're not changing this project either...) Interviews are really relaxed - they really just want to know that you're really dedicated to medicine and Sheffield... you sit round a little coffee table in comfy chairs - very informal...

It's easy to find houses in the 2nd year... plenty of accommodation to go round. My rent next year is £44 a week... that's about average. Most people live in Crookes... probably about 10 minutes walk from the union.

I would recommend Sheffield to any one... it's great...

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I really like Sheffield as a city and am hoping to continue living here after graduation. I had never been here before my university open day and was really impressed by the city centre and the friendliness of the people here. Sheffield is a city which is not too large and not too small. Admittedly as a student there are large areas of sheffield you will never visit, but the area of the universitys buildings and where the majority of the students live will become well known to you.
The univeristy students union is an excellent place to both work and play. It has been well designed with students in mind and I can almost not fault it. With two universities in sheffield the locals are used to there being plenty of students around and generally you are well accepted by the public.
The university looks after its students well and there are plenty of clubs, societies and activities available to you.
I could go on all day about how much i enjoy being a student in sheffield, but unfortunately there is always a downside, and for me it is the course. Obviously most students would tell you that the work is the worst thing about university, but then not all of them have to endure the Automatic Control and Systems Department!
Dont believe the Research and teaching ratings the department has been given! If you are an independant researcher, or lecturer then no doubt the department will be very good to you, but as an undergraduate, the level of teaching you recieve is appalling. Lecturers are chosen because of their research background rather than an ability to lecture, and therefore there are very few who actually can! There is little to no support available for students who wish to do well in their degree.
The course covers almost nothing that will be useful in a real world environment and often I have been left wondering, why am i learning this? to teach it to other people?
You may think that i have no comparisons or that an merely guessing at what may be useful, but i have done modules from other departments and been shocked at the level of teaching given! I am also at the stage of looking into careers, and in the discussions I have had with employers they can find very little of use in what I have covered in my degree.

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Well what to say about Sheffield Uni? Well a more realistic question is what is there not to say?...not a lot is the Answer.

Sheffield is a great place to live, full of students from both Universities yet there is a good proportion of non-students too, even around the university campus and main student areas.

The union is great, especially designed for the students of today. There something for everyone in the Union, from Chess to Medeval Reinactment to team sports....the list is endless!

The city is great for culture, clubbing, history and most of all access to the Peak District is so cheap and easy. I chose Sheffield because it is a big, clean, friendly and safe city. I feel the student areas are especially safe and if you don't fancy walking home on your own theres the womens minibus: door to door service for just 50p.

Sheffield is a cheap place to live, average house rent is just over £40 per week, beer roughly £1.50 a pint in student bars (some do pound a pint) and food is relatively cheap as well.

Sheffield is at the centre of England maybe thats why there is such a mix of people from all over the UK. Also makes it easy for the odd trip home if you need it, but you'll be so busy having fun that you won't need to.

As to my course I find it really interesting, most lab sessions support the stuff taught in the lectures. The lecturers are all (well most of them) really friendly and will give you help in tutorials and other support should you need it. The departmental society is quite active and organises socials and industrial visits which are both great ways to get to know people on your course. The Department are really well organised unlike some other places.

Well i've had a great time here and am looking to staay in the area once I graduate at the end of next year.

The sky really is the limit in Sheffield, you will get a lot out of coming here

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Very good university, city and course. Didn't really know what to expect when i got there, despite having a brother who had already been at university. Was homesick for the first couple of days but made friends quickly both in the halls of residence i was staying in and on the course. Also joined a couple of clubs and that has been really good for adding to interests i already had. Course has definitely been the right choice as I have enjoyed all the modules i have taken and the quality of the lectures is high. Found the transition from A Levels when you are told everything to uni when you are expected to read around a lot quite difficult at first but am now getting used to it.

Sheffield as a city is really nice and has a good nightlife. The union also organises a lot of events and there are loads of things to get involved with.

Overall i have been reallly really happy with the choice of uni and course and although at first the transition was a bit difficult I am definitely very happy with everything and couldn't see myself anywhere else.

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Firstly, Sheffield is an amazing city, for starters it's the rock climbing capital of the country! The first year halls are situated in a nice area, though some are definately better than others. Personally I would recommend self catering, as these tend to have a nicer atmosphere than the big catered halls. Catered food was resasonable, though at quite restricted times. The halls are fairly close to uni, and it's down hill all the way there (everything in Sheffield is down or up a big hill!), with good shops and pubs nearby. Most students in their second year go into private housing, of which there is a plentiful supply, though it's important to sort out who you're living with early.
The course is lecture based, with a fair amount of reading. The first year doesn't count towards your degree, so take it easy in your first year! Also in the first year you get to choose modules outside of the department. The department is well equipped, with good staff - lecturers like rob ferguson are the best in the world in their field. There is also a nice mix of people within the university, with a very active union.
Sports in the university are good, especially if into the outdoors. Sheffield is about 15mins bus/hitchhike/drive from the best bits of the peaks which is great for walking, and more importantly, the home of Stanage, froggatt, burbage etc - the best climbing on the planet!