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The University of Sheffield is a world-famous institution located in the north of England, one of the original 'red brick' universities and a member of the elite Russell Group. Ranked in the world's top 100 universities by the QS World University Rankings, the University of Sheffield was founded by the merger of three colleges in 1905 and currently has 28,000 students enrolled from over 120 countries. Sheffield students voted the University number one for student experience in a Times survey.
The University of Sheffield boasts five Nobel Prize winners in its departments, as well as six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. It is currently the lead institution for systems engineering, smart materials and stem cell technology in a network of research universities around the world and several firms, such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and The Wellcome Trust, are big investors because of its engineering strength, providing strong links with industry in many courses and departments.
One of the best things about Sheffield is its unique combination of academic excellence and an amazing student experience, the heart of which is at the Students' Union which has been voted best in the UK for the fourth year in a row (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2017-2020). Located in the heart of the campus, the Students’ Union has shops, cafes and bars and is home to over 350 clubs and societies. For many international students at Sheffield, this is what makes their experience so memorable.
The International Student Support Team is available to assist with any international specific needs such as visas. There is meet and greet service from Manchester International Airport at the beginning of each academic year and a residential orientation programme also takes place. Intro Week involves talks by University staff, information fairs and tours around the campus and city to help you settle into life in the UK.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the University of Sheffield ranked in the top 10% of all UK universities. 33% of the submitted research was ‘world leading’, while 52% was ‘internationally excellent’.
International students are guaranteed University accommodation, the majority of which is en-suite with a shared kitchen, but shared bathrooms, larger deluxe rooms and studio apartments are also available. Sheffield has the lowest student living costs in the UK according to the Natwest Student Living Index 2021.
Choose to stay in university accommodation and you'll make new friends, live close to campus and have dedicated university customer services to handle your questions or worries. A Residence Life team organises lots of activities for university accommodation residents throughout the year as well as supporting you during your stay.
Sheffield is a vibrant and modern city in the heart of the UK. Home to more than half a million people, it has all the facilities you’d expect of a major UK city and there are easily accessible and affordable transport links, making it the ideal base for exploring the UK and Europe.
Sheffield offers a world of fun, culture and entertainment with plenty to see and do, plus the beautiful Peak District National Park is just 30 minutes away for those who want to explore the English countryside. A friendly, welcoming and safe city, Sheffield has also been named the most affordable UK university city (Natwest Student Living Index 2021), so your money will go further here.
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