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Nowhere captures student life better than Broomhill. Positioned on the edge of the city centre, it delivers an intriguing mix of urban life and tree-lined suburbia.

It’s Got Character

A peaceful suburb with Victorian roots, Broomhill delivers a mix of independent shops, awesome pubs and great places to eat out – what’s not to love?

Adjoining with the leafy suburban surroundings of Fulwood Road, many of Broomhill’s own streets are also lined with greenery.

Winding out towards Crookes, there are some magnificent views to be had over the sprawling Sheffield skyline.

Tasty Food

There are some superb places to eat in Broomhill’s centre, with several new outlets cropping up in more recent times. Highlights include:

Twisted Burger Company – A stalwart of the Sheffield foodie scene, Twister Burger Company has held residence at both The Harley and Riverside in the past few years. In 2017, they opened their own restaurant on the Fulwood Road stretch running through the centre of Broomhill. The venue is already proving popular with new and seasoned customers.  

Proove Pizza – A relatively recent addition to the Broomhill restaurant scene, Proove offer exceptional pizzas made the ‘Napoli way’. Placing emphasis on the use of fresh, quality ingredients, they’ve quickly earned a great reputation amongst the student community.

Balti King – The provider of many late night curries for students and Sheffield locals alike, Balti King provides cheap and cheerful Indian food until the early hours of the morning. If you’ve had one too many or fancy a snack after a late night shift it’s ideal.

Thyme Café – Slightly more pricey then any of the other options covered here, Thyme’s intriguing mix of Bistro and pub-style dishes has made it one of Sheffield’s go-to venues. One to consider taking your family or friends to to celebrate a special occasion. 

Make sure you also keep an eye out for upcoming arrival Butcher & Catch, which will offer a mix of intriguing fish and steak dishes.

It’s Close to the City Centre

Sheffield’s city centre is pretty much on Broomhill’s doorstep. If you want to venture into town for shopping in the day - or drinks in the evening - you don’t need to worry about racking up heavy transport costs.

Walkable within around 20 minutes, or reachable via bus or taxi within 5, you’re never too far from the action.

Nearby Parks

Handily, Broomhill is within walking distance of 3 of Sheffield’s most popular public spaces:

Weston Park – With its immaculate gardens and understated museum, Weston Park is a great place to while away a sunny day. It can be found opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in the city centre.

Crookes Valley Park – Adjoining to Weston Park, Crookes Valley’s undoubted highlight is The Dam House, which overlooks the greenery and is always bustling with activity. It’s a great place to grab a pint and bite to eat.

The Botanical Gardens – This grade II listed site sits in-between Broomhill and Ecclesall Road and lays home to a stunning array of glass pavilions. These house plant life from across the globe. There are also sprawling lawns which make the gardens the perfect place for a lazy afternoon.

Great Choice of Pubs

Right in the heart of Broomhill is the Fox & Duck, which remains a great place to head for a drink before a meal in the area or simply for a catch up with friends. Formerly leased by the Sheffield University Students’ Union, the pub has been a regular haunt for students over the years.

The York, The Itchy Pig, The Broomhill Tavern and Nottingham House make up the remaining pubs in the area, meaning you’ve plenty of venues to move around if you prefer to stay local to the Broomhill area on an evening out.

You’re also only just around the corner from Crookes, which offers an expansive selection of pubs frequently visited by Sheffield students.

It’s Within Walking Distance of Both Universities

Depending on where you’re studying, you might find yourself within walking distance of your university buildings when living in Broomhill.

For Sheffield Hallam students, the Collegiate Campus – which sits on the edge of Ecclesall Road – can be reached within 20 minutes on foot. The city centre buildings are then just a short bus journey away.

For Sheffield University students, the primary campus hub is around 15 minutes down Whitham Road, which leads on from Fulwood Road as you come through Broomhill towards the city centre. This route plays host to several regular buses.

There’s Great Amenities

Handily, Broomhill has almost all the amenities you could possibly need. On the Fulwood Road stretch, you’ll find a Sainsbury’s Local, Morrisons, Tesco Express and Boots. There’s also a Costa Coffee, as well as multiple banks and cash points.

In addition to the pubs and restaurants, which we’ve covered separately, you’re well set to spend much of your spare time close to the area if that’s where you’re based.

The Record Collector

It would be amiss of us to put together a Broomhill guide without giving mention to the historic ‘Record Collector’, which offers an incredible mix of music titles in a range of different formats. As the largest independent record store in Sheffield, it’s undoubtedly a cornerstone of the city’s famous music scene.

It’s a great place to pop in if you’re keen to expand your music horizons. You’ll be able to select from the astonishing range of new and second-hand compact discs and records on offer. The shop is open from 10-6 every weekday except Sunday and Wednesday.

Good Transport Connections to Surrounding Areas

Thanks to the central location it enjoys, Broomhill provides great public transport access to both the Peak District and the city centre. Giving you the best of both worlds, it’s one of the reasons the area has become such a desirable place to live.

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