With over 60,000 students based in the Steel City and more graduates deciding to stay on and live here than any other city in England, it isn’t hard to see why Sheffield has become such a popular and thriving place for young professionals. The Sheffield SCITT hopes you’ll stay in Sheffield too - the reason why the schools in the partnership set it up was to grow their own supply of future teachers.
Living in Sheffield provides you with the best of both worlds; one of cosmopolitan city life with the Peak District on its doorstep and one of rural tranquillity. Popular residential areas for young professionals, Crookes, Broomhill and Ecclesall are a stone’s throw away from the bustling city centre; hop in the car or on a bus/train in the other direction and in a matter of minutes you’re surrounded by beautiful landscapes (the greenest in Europe) and fresh air in the Peak District National Park – making up 1/3 of the city.
Greg, one of our former trainees, came to Sheffield for his teacher training with The Sheffield SCITT and has enjoyed his time so much he is staying for the foreseeable future: "I've lived in various places around the UK, including Sussex, Oxford and London, and Sheffield is by far the nicest place to live and work. If you're at the SCITT you'll be centred around Notre Dame School, meaning that you'll be based on the west side of Sheffield, which offers advantages hard to find anywhere else - it's 20 minutes out to the glorious countryside of the Peak District, and 15 minutes into the city centre. The unique combination of feeling like you live in a relaxed country village, while having everything you could need from a big city on your doorstep is pretty unbeatable. Sheffield is also very central, has great transport links to the rest of the country - 2 hours to London by train - and lots of cheap accommodation, as well as plenty of pubs with cheap pints!"
Sheffield has something for everyone. The city centre is full of trendy bars and restaurants; whether you’re heading down Division Street for a night on the tiles in Forum, Old House or The Great Gatsby or fancy a sit down meal in one of the many restaurants in Leopold Square or by The Peace Gardens in St Paul’s Square (give Smoke BBQ a go, a firm favourite of some of our current trainees) there’s something for you. If you’re looking for quality, but cheap authentic food head down London Road where you’ll be spoilt for choice with an array of international cuisine, from Turkish (Zeugma) to Japanese (Wasabisabi) and Vietnamese (Little Hanoi).
Then there’s the ‘hidden gems’ of Sharrowvale, Ecclesall ‘Eccy’ Road, the Antiques Quarter on Abbeydale Road and Kelham Island; all quickly turning into some of the most popular places in Sheffield. With their variety of quirky independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants it’s not hard to spend a day shopping, eating and drinking. The infamous Reds True BBQ has finally made its way to Sheffield, located in prime position on Ecclesall Road with the likes of Graze Inn and The Lescar (the pub quiz is always a must) a few minutes’ walk away… Or why not pop for brunch at Jonty’s or Sebastian’s (make sure you sample their delicious cakes too) and have a mooch around some of the vintage shops and galleries down Sharrowvale. The Antiques Quarter on Abbeydale Road is an up and coming area with various tearooms and cafes such as Jameson’s and Bragazzis; and a huge array of eccentric shops full of antiques, gift ideas and artwork including ‘Vision Thing’ and ‘Frankly my Deer’.
If you’re a fan of real ale then you’re in the right place. Kelham Island is the real ale capital of Sheffield, with award winning pubs (The Kelham Island Tavern) and The Kelham Island Brewery itself which offers tours and ‘a brewer for the day experience’ you’d be mad to miss out. The ‘Peddler Night Market’ is now a regular feature in Kelham Island, taking place on the first weekend of every month (due to popular demand), it is a weekend full of street food, craft beers, cocktails, live music, art and a fantastic festival atmosphere – definitely a date for the calendar! http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk/
If you a fancy a bit of culture then Sheffield boasts some of the best theatres outside of London, both standing proud by the Winter Gardens in the city centre. The Lyceum is truly magnificent inside and out, hosting everything from West End Musicals to opera and ballet. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more intimate The Crucible puts on some incredible performances from touring companies but also local theatre and dance groups - and of course, not forgetting, The Snooker World Championship! Or why not take a look in The Millennium Gallery, have a wonder through The Winter Gardens or take a trip to Weston Park Museum for an eye opener into Sheffield’s history.
How could I not mention the music scene in Sheffield?! A lot of cities claim to be the birth place of some of the best bands in England but with The Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard and Pulp all hailing from Sheffield there really isn’t any competition. If you’re a lover of music, then Sheffield has it all with over 465 bands, 70 venues and 65 recording studios there’s always a gig on no matter the day or time www.skiddle.com/gigs/Sheffield/ . Then of course there’s Tramlines, the biggest inner city music festival around taking place over a weekend in July with a variety of music. Past performers range from Catfish and The Bottlemen to Dizzy Rascal, and a lot of local talent.
Getting out into The Peaks is a must when in Sheffield, especially with it right on your doorstep. An area of Sheffield cherished by walkers, cyclists, climbers and those who simply want to escape from the buzz of the city. Climbing is becoming more and more popular in Sheffield, with various evening and weekend clubs taking place out in the countryside around Stanage Edge during the summer months and at one of the many indoor climbing walls in the city in winter where you can rub shoulders with the legends of UK climbing past and present. If cycling’s your thing then what are you waiting for? Cycling up the hills in the Peaks will (almost) make you feel like you’re competing for the Yellow Jersey in The Tour de France (which chose Sheffield as part of its Grand Depart in 2014); but just think about the views when you get to the top, where you can stop for a bite to eat at one of the many country pubs and cyclists’ cafes before you descend back down to reality. If mountain biking is your thing Sheffield is home to the country’s first crowd funded purpose built mountain bike trails - Lady Canning’s, Grenoside/ Wharncliffe, Parkwood and soon Redmires have spawned the likes of world champion Steve Peat and Olympian Annie Last. Or, if you fancy something a little more relaxed, The Monsal Trail and The Tissington Trail are popular routes for walkers and cyclists and are completely traffic free with old railway tunnels now open again to avoid those hills!
If all that’s not enough to convince you, housing ‘upt North’ is considerably cheaper than the likes of London; with terraced houses selling for an average of £138,113 compared to an average of £472,783 for a dinky studio flat in London - where showering in your bedroom tends to be the norm.