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    Welcome to University of Sheffield

    Dominated by the redbrick building and turret of Firth Court, the University of Sheffield has a history that resonates throughout the campus. Scattered across the city, the university has evolved with Sheffield, creating the Technical School to enhance the steel-making industry, while modern buildings like the Arts Tower and Information Commons add some flair.

    Sheffield Uni is nearly 200 years old, and its notable alumni include stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard, the first British astronaut Helen Sharman, MP David Blunkett and five Nobel Prize winners. As for student experience, its Union was voted Student Union of the Year in both 2004 and 2007, with the club nights some of the best in the city.

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    Courses and fees

    The University of Sheffield has pretty high entry requirements - students must typically get between AAA and ABB in their A-levels to gain entry. Courses are flexible and offer the option of studying abroad for a year as well as studying across departments to get a varied education.

    Some courses also offer a year within industry so you can gain useful employability skills and get to know what working in your chosen field is really like.


    There are five faculties at the University of Sheffield: Arts and Humanities; Engineering; Medicine, Dentistry and Health; Science; Social Sciences.

    The Arts and Humanities department is the newest addition to the university, created in 2008. The subject departments are situated in refurbished buildings in the campus and in the city centre. Subjects include those in modern languages, music, history, archaeology and philosophy.

    The Faculty of Engineering has a well-established research centre and has courses in bioengineering, computer science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering.

    With its origins dating back to 1828, the medical faculty is one of the major centres in education and research in health-related subjects. Alongside courses in nursing, midwifery, medicine and dentistry, you can also study oncology, neuroscience and infection and immunity.

    The most diverse of the faculties, the Social Sciences department is comprised of thirteen schools and is renowned for its research facilities. Courses cover subjects like journalism, economics, geography and law.


    Sheffield is a top 10 uni for nearly 20 subjects, according to The Complete University Guide. Its top 10 courses include those in politics, linguistics, librarianship and dentistry.


    You can learn another language as part of an extra module on your course, plus the English Language Teaching Centre provides support to international students needing a brush up on their language skills

    Tuition fees

    For the 2014/15 year undergraduate courses are £9,000 per year. International students will pay between £13,390 and £31,580 per year, depending on the subject studied.

    For postgraduate fees, visit the university's website where you can find the exact fees relating to your course.


    The University of Sheffield is committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities and has recently refurbished many of its key buildings including the Students' Union and the engineering and management buildings.


    Situated in one of the greenest cities, the university is located just seven miles from the Peak District, one of the biggest national parks in the UK. It's also well-served by public transport and road links. As one of the UK's biggest cities, Sheffield has an excellent variety of entertainment and culture on offer.

    Library and study facilities

    There are three libraries on campus which all offer something a little different. There are more than 1.4 million books and 2,200 study spaces, included extended opening hours during busy periods so you can get all the resources you need when you need them the most.


    The Information Commons is a 24-hour study centre with access to 500 PCs and a 70-seat cafe. It also is part of the library and has more than 100,000 books that you can use for inspiration, including key course texts. Internet access is available throughout the campus, wirelessly and through the network.

    Careers service

    The careers service will help you build your CV, put you in touch with prospective employers and help you find work after you graduate. There are a range of events which happen throughout the year aimed at improving your employability skills.


    There are lots of bars and cafes at the Student Union, so you can hang out with your friends, or grab a coffee on the go. There are also two shops, a childcare service and a Copy Shop and bank on campus, so you should have everything you need within reach.

    Student Union

    The Student Union is very active in university life and offers up services such as an Advice Centre, volunteering opportunities and a job shop. The union also organises regular events and manages more than 250 clubs and societies.


    A state of the art fitness centre, S10health offers a fully air-conditioned gym with a free weights area, 150 pieces of equipment, a swimming pool, sauna and a range of fitness classes including yoga and Tai Chi.

    Medical and welfare services

    The Student Advice Centre helps you with issues relating to housing, safety, finance and health. There's also an on-site health centre which is part of the NHS. In addition to these services, there's a chaplaincy for people of all faiths.

    Financial aid

    A number of bursaries and scholarships are available for students, as well as financial assistance and help getting part-time work. Should you be struggling with money on your course there are a number of people you can talk to about getting help to continue with your studies.


    Living on campus is a good way to get the most from student life. At the University of Sheffield there are three on-campus villages, offering rooms at a range of budgets, both catered and self-catered.

    Endcliffe Village

    Situated in landscaped grounds on campus, the Endcliffe Village is a vibrant hub of activity, with lots of student events going on - perfect if you enjoy living somewhere a bit more active. More than 3,500 students live here - it's the biggest accommodation on offer and all of the catered halls are based here.

    Most rooms consist of shared flats with en-suite bathrooms. Other amenities include a cafe, grocery store, ATM and a tennis court. For 2013/14 rent was between £4,021.92 and £5,236.14 per year for self catered flats, and £5,574.24 and £6,106.38 per year for catered accommodation.

    Ranmoor Village

    Slightly smaller than Endcliffe, with 1,100 students, Ranmoor Village offers up self-catered accommodation in shared flats. If you want your own space, you can also stay in a studio flat for the ultimate independence.

    Amenities include a cafe-bar, launderette, and the shops and facilities of Endcliffe Village are only located 20 minutes away. Rent cost between £4,848.06 and £7,268.52 per year in 2013/14

    City and Central Campus

    Located in the heart of Sheffield, these halls are perfect if you want to be close to all the action of the city. More than 1,200 students live here in different self-catered flats and homes, spread out between the campus and the city. Some accommodation is not managed by the university, rather they are managed partnerships which work closely with the University of Sheffield.

    In 2013/14 rent cost between £4,033.68 and £5,236.14 per year.

    Open days

    Visiting the University of Sheffield is the best way to discover whether it's the right place for you. You'll get the chance to meet with lecturers and with students currently studying. You'll also tour the campus and accommodation.

    To get the most out of your visit to the University of Sheffield, read our guide to open days.

    The next open days will take place on:

    • Saturday 5 September
    • Saturday 24 October

    Open days for postgraduates usually take place in December, and there are also visit afternoons the first Tuesday of every month. In addition to this, you can take a tour of the campus at any time that suits you.

    Term dates

    The university's year is divided into two semesters. The dates for 2014/15 are as follows:

    • Autumn semester: 29 September 2014 - 7 February 2015 (with vacation from 20 December 2014 - 18 January 2015)
    • Spring semester: 9 February - 13 June 2015 (with vacation from 21 March - 12 April 2015)