University of Sheffield Nightlife

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University of Sheffield Nightlife

University of Sheffield Nightlife

Your options for a night – or day – out in Sheffield are so far-reaching and diverse that there’s always fun to be found, whatever your tastes.

Tramlines festival in SheffieldSheffield hosts groundbreaking annual festivals such as Tramlines



For many, Sheffield music is synonymous with early-80s synthpop chart-botherers The Human League, Heaven 17 and ABC.

The city’s nourished a varied bunch of musicians since then though: from Pulp and Moloko in the 90s, to, more recently, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, Bring Me The Horizon, Drenge, Slow Club, Toddla T and The Sherlocks.

Our very own Fay Hield, lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Music Management, is an award-winning, critically acclaimed folksinger who performs with her band The Hurricane Party and as part of The Full English.

Musicians perform in Sheffield for Sheffield Makes Music1,000 musicians performed in unexpected places around the city for the Sheffield Makes Music festival


Venues include the legendary likes of the Leadmill and the art deco City Hall. There’s music in former warehouses (Hope Works), on trains (Folk Train), in pubs (The Harley and The Greystones, for starters), basement ballrooms Yellow Arch Studios (Picture House Social), trading co-ops (Regather) and, during Tramlines festival weekend, pretty much everywhere. And you can put on your dancing shoes most nights of the week at places like Plug, Corporation, our Students’ Union, and the bars and clubs around Division Street and West Street.

Our Department of Music’s Concerts programme puts on more than 100 concerts a year, with performances by our students and visiting artists of international standing.


Music, zines, food, documentaries, heritage, the great outdoors, books. There’s a festival for all of them, and more, in Sheffield.

See Our Favourite Places: festivals in Sheffield and our What’s on guide for city and University events.

Tamper coffee in Sheffield

Food and drink

Take yourself to London Road for a culinary tour around the world. Kelham Island for a real ale trail. The Devonshire Quarter for independent coffee shops and US-inspired deep-fried chicken and doughnuts.

Certain corners of Sheffield are defined by the food and drink they offer. Get out there and discover what makes each unique, all while giving your tastebuds a treat. Sheffield’s an international city, and our many food and drink shops reflect that.


Long black? Flat white? You’re spoiled for choice in Sheffield when it comes to a great cup of coffee.

Coffee top six on Our Favourite Places


Sheffield is also known as the UK’s real ale capital. Around 1,000 different beers are produced by Sheffield’s brewers every year.

Find out where to stock up on the most unusual and tastiest beers (Our Favourite Places guide).

Craft beer

A warm welcome for LGBT students

Sheffield is a safe, tolerant and welcoming city for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Good times are guaranteed at the Climax club night held right here at our Students’ Union – which attracts LGBT folk from miles around.

For more on the scene around the University and the city, check out the union’s LGBT Plus Committee.

See also

Culture, leisure and sport in Sheffield – for more on getting out and about in Sheffield

Sheffield: the outdoor city – an online guide featuring top city highlights.

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