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Student Housing Guide: Sheffield 2022
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Student Housing Guide: Sheffield 2022

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May 26, 2021
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Sheffield city centre
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Sheffield is a metropolitan borough and city in the north of England. It is recognised majorly as an industrial centre. The city was a hub of commercial activity even before the industrial revolution. Interestingly, Sheffield is claimed to be built on an area covering seven hills and the landscape between these hills. It may indeed be true, as the place is very hilly. But, it is hard to decipher the ‘seven’ hills as the border has expanded over time.

The most appealing aspect of the city is the green belt that was included in the later part of the 20th century. Despite of always being an industrial hub, Sheffield experienced a decline in the economy during the 1980s. However, by the 21st century, the revival process was already underway. Sheffield boasts of two major 100-year old universities, namely, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

The later is the third-largest university in the UK and has two sites within Sheffield. Both the universities attract a substantial number of students not only from the UK but also from all over the world. The city is well-connected by different modes of transport such as trains, buses, trams, etc. There are many accommodation options in Sheffield close to the university and colleges. The rent here is economical.

Popular Locations for Accommodation

What are the different types of accommodation present in Sheffield?

Regarding students living in Sheffield, there are two types of accommodation on-campus and off-campus.


Students can embed themselves in their college experience by living on-campus. They have different types of rooms from single rooms and shared rooms to ensuites to 1 bedroom apartments.


PBSA stands for purpose-built student accommodation, developed and constructed by private developers exclusively for university students. Living in a PBSA has a number of benefits. Typically, all utility bills are included in the rent, and some even provide laundry service, lowering your monthly expenses even further.

HMO stands for "House in Multiple Occupation." A residence with 'common spaces' used by several households is referred to as a 'home of multiple occupancies' in British English. College or university students reside in dorms, sometimes known as dormitories. In dorm rooms, bunk beds are standard. There are two, three, four, or even six beds available.

En-suites: These rooms have a bedroom area and a private bathroom. However, you do not have access to your kitchenette or cooking facilities. In the ensuite room, all of the residents share a kitchen.

Non-en-suites: Here, you'll get your room with a communal bathroom. It's not quite the same as having your bathroom. You'll have a bed and a safe place to sleep, but you'll have to share the bathroom with one or more of your housemates.

Studios: The main section serves as a study, living room, and bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet separate.

Generally, on-campus accommodations are limited in number and also relatively expensive as compared to off-campus accommodations and also have restrictions in place. Most international students applying for higher studies opt for off-campus accommodation to save extra Rental Costs as this is a significant part of the total living expense.

Security is an essential aspect of choosing accommodation. Some housing societies provide additional security by gating their premises and prohibiting entry to outsiders. Automatic burglar alarms are also an additional feature you can look for safety.

How much can it cost you to live in Sheffield?

Sheffield is one of the most affordable and student-friendly cities in the UK, despite being the fourth-largest city in the country. In comparison to most other student cities, Sheffield has a reduced cost of living. According to surveys, Sheffield's cost of living for students is 25% less expensive than London and 10% less expensive than the UK national average. The monthly expenses for students in Sheffield are summarised below.

Cost of living

Rent for accommodation - £500

Food and other eatery shopping - £90

Local Transport - £65

Books and stationery - £45

Internet and mobile phone - £40

Social and leisure activities - £150

To live comfortably in Sheffield, it is advised to set aside about £920 per month (without tuition fee).


Students can get around the city using different modes of public transport like-


Sheffield has very well connected bus routes, making it the busiest in South Yorkshire. The Sheffield Interchange connects areas on both national and international bus routes. Students monthly pass costs around £30 per month.


The city administration of Sheffield has developed the Sheffield Tram system that connects the population from the City Centre to Hillsborough, Meadowhall Centre, and Halfway. Students monthly pass costs around £40 per month.

Things to look at before moving in

Guidelines to Choose a Roommate

Ask yourself these questions while deciding on your roommate

  • Do they have a reliable source of income to pay rent and utility bills?
  • Do they have pets?
  • Can you trust them to be around your personal belongings?
  • Are they willing to sign a lease and abide by the terms and conditions?
  • How do you plan to split up home responsibilities?
  • Who will they have over as guests?

Usually, room sharing is closed over WhatsApp groups or social media.

Amenities to Look for

Apartment Amenities: Wi-Fi, Microwave, Heater, Refrigerator, Storage, Washer, Dryer, Fireplace. These amenities are basic needs and it is strongly suggested that you look for an accommodations that fulfil the basic appliances and services.

Community Amenities: Swimming pool, Fitness Centre, Study Area, Garage, Courtyard, Bike Storage, Public Transportation, Laundry, Pet Policy

Commuting - Ensure that there is a Stop f one of the transport services in the city to make commuting hassle-free.

Safety - Nowadays, most of the housing areas have additional security. Gated communities do not allow entry to outsiders.

Cultural barriers - Student associations and centres enable the mingling of people from different backgrounds.

Leasing Terms

Deposit: It is a security fee that is paid to the landlord in terms of a fixed amount of money. Deposit is refundable at the end of your stay tenure subject to the contract terms. Average amount of deposit is usually about £100-250.

Admin Fee: Selective apartment owners levy this charge on the renters. It is a non-refundable amount of about £100-150.

Lease Duration: Generally a 1-year lease is given preference by the property managers. Even a 6-month lease may be considered by landlords. The option of a short-term lease of 3 months is also available with some property managers. Usually a longer leasing period will significantly reduce your monthly rent amount. Abandoning a lease can mean serious financial and legal consequences.

Guarantor: You can avail the option of paying in instalments only if you have a guarantor. A lease guarantor acts as a third party to help provide security in terms of the rental. If you pay the rent in full at the beginning of the tenancy, you will not be required to provide a guarantor.

Cancellation Policy: Most of the property owners allow you to cancel the booking within 3-14 days of the date of booking. If you cancel your booking after those 3-14 days, you may have to pay weekly rent (for each and every week or part week) until the room can be re-let. In case the property management and the student is unable to find a replacement, then eventually the student will have to pay the whole amount of rent as per the contract signed by them.

Pet Charges: Generally pets are not allowed, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Booking Charges: This is usually the deposit amount that the landlord is charging. The total cost that you may end up paying at the time of booking (if admin fee is charged) is as follows: Deposit + Admin Fee.

Number of Tenants: The max number of people who can stay in an apartment is mostly mentioned in the apartment guidelines. Generally, one student stays in a single room. In some cases, studio apartments allow couples to share a room, provided they’re both students.

Document Requirements: Generally, you may be asked to produce a copy of your University Admit Card. Other than that, no document is required.

Popular Apartments

Sheffield 3

Sheffield 3 is a student accommodation in Sheffield, located in the heart of the popular student area of 80 Hoyle Street, Sheffield. There are supermarkets, gyms, bars and restaurants, sports facilities and hospitals all within easy reach. Sheffield 3 is a great choice if you are looking for student housing because it provides premium rooms for all student desires. You can choose either from En-suites or private independent studios according to your requirements. 

 1 Bed  (£99 - £149/week)

Castle House  

Castle House, Leicester is one of the most popular student accommodation in Leicester City Centre, providing students with a truly exceptional experience. There are a range of stylish studios and two beds apartments on offer; all fully furnished with en-suite bathrooms and fitted kitchens. The University of Leicester building is at a 1-minute distance to the property, and Castle House, Leicester is present at a distance of 5-minutes from De Montfort University. You will find many Leicester restaurants and bars in this popular area, not very far from Castle House, Leicester.

1 Bed  (£109 - £159/week)

Bolsover House

Located just five minutes away from the University of Sheffield and 15 minutes away from Sheffield Hallam. Bolsover House is part of the Sheffield 2 student village, offering residents the ideal student living experience.  Students at Bolsover House will also enjoy access to their own cinema and social space rooms.

1 Bed (£114 - £129/week)


Cornerhouse is one of the most popular student accommodation in Sheffield, providing students with a truly exceptional experience. Present near Joho Restaurant you will find a wide range of stylish studios and two beds apartments on offer; all fully furnished with en-suite studio rooms and fitted kitchens. Cornerhouse also offers students some of the largest bedrooms available to rent in Sheffield. University of Sheffield is at a 8-minute distance and Sheffield Hallam University is also nearby. You will find many Sheffield Restaurants and bars in this popular area, not very far from Cornerhouse. Many cities' retail and leisure hubs are near this and another popular road called Edward Street.

1-2 Bed (£122 - £186/week)

Laycock Studios

Laycock Studios, Sheffield is one of the most popular student accommodation in Sheffield City Centre, providing students with a truly exceptional experience. Present near the Bramall Lane Stadium, you will find a wide range of stylish studios and two beds apartments on offer; all fully furnished with en-suite studio rooms and fitted kitchens. The University of Sheffield building is at a 4-minute distance to the property, and Laycock Studios, Sheffield is present at a distance of 10-minutes from Sheffield City College.  You will find many Sheffield restaurants and bars in this popular area, not very far from Laycock Studios, Sheffield. 

1 Bed (£115 - £175/week)

You can browse more accommodations in Sheffield, including these, to get an idea about the homes you will be living in!