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Free costs nothing

Sheffield is one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. Accommodation, living costs and going out are all cheaper than the average. Or if you don't want to spend anything at all, there are plenty of things to do that cost nothing.

The Peaks

Almost a third of Sheffield is covered by the Peak District national park, some of the most beautiful natural views in the UK. From hiking to mountain biking, climbing or fell running, the Peaks are a winner for anyone looking for a cheap day out.

Parks and gardens

When the sun is out and the sky is blue, there are tons of outdoor spaces to enjoy in the city. Sheffield Botanical Gardens is the place to sit back and relax. It’s also an excellent study space if you want to get outdoors and enjoy the weather during the summer months.


Sheffield’s naturally creative, entrepreneurial spirit means we have much more than the high street chains. You can spend hours browsing in the city's many independent shops. Wander around Division Street in the city centre and Ecclesall Road near Collegiate Campus and window shop at the many local boutiques, charity shops and vintage emporiums.

Soak up some art

Sheffield’s got one of the biggest art scenes outside London, with countless galleries and studios you can visit for free like the Millennium Gallery and Site Gallery in the city centre. If you're not big on art, they're great places to sit and relax or read in quiet. Or, you could spend a whole day walking around the city soaking up some of the diverse street art emblazoned on Sheffield's buildings and walls.

Guest talks and panels

As there's so much going on in Sheffield, there are often free talks and debates you can go along to and gain some new knowledge. You'll find guest talks by the University and the Students' Union, as well as around the city. For example, when Off the Shelf Festival comes to Sheffield each October, there are hundreds of free literary talks and readings you can just turn up to.

Sheffield amphitheatre

Heading out the back of Sheffield train station, climb the stairs for one of Sheffield's best views. The amphitheatre is a great spot for sightseeing in the city and great for relaxing on sunny days. In the warmer seasons, you'll find pop up cinema events where you can watch the sun go down before the movie.

Free workshops

From Zumba to learning a language, Give it a Go provides students with a full calendar of activities to try during your studies. Sessions are run by the Hallam Students' Union and many are free. You'll also find a range of free workshops across the city. #letsdraw from Endlesslovecreative is a free drawing workshop which takes place during spring/summer in Sheffield's outdoor spaces.

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