Any student studying in Sheffield will know of Ecclesall Road, which remains one of the city’s most desirable areas to live. Great food, pubs, bars and shops – as well as a superb range of accessible amenities – are all on offer in abundance.
Ecclesall Road isn’t just popular with students either. The area is also regularly frequented by locals due to its appeal. The subsequent demand from so many different people has only helped to add variety and interest to the area.
With so many places to visit, we’ve put together this guide for students considering renting in the Ecclesall Road region. Read on for info on supermarkets, restaurants, distance to the universities, coffee houses and more!
Located just a stone’s throw away from Hunter’s Bar roundabout, Endcliffe Park is always bustling with activity. Walk alongside the river, attend a park run or simply soak up the sunshine to make the most of this outstanding green space.
Sheffield’s picturesque Botanical Gardens are a Grade II listed site, offering beautifully-maintained green space. The area includes a series of stunning glass pavilions, which house a selection of plants from around the world. In warmer weather, the place is a hotspot for locals looking to soak up the sun. The Botanical Gardens now also host theatre, art and the ‘Music In The Gardens’ annual event.
Red’s True Barbeque
Back in 2016, there was much excitement surrounding the arrival of Red’s True Barbeque in Sheffield. With venues throughout the UK, the chain has earned a great reputation with fans of classic US BBQ food. They offer a lunchtime and evening menu, with tasty dishes like ribs and burgers available.
When you eat out, it’s always nice to find an independent restaurant which offers something a little different. That’s exactly what Mudcrab do with their intriguing menu, which includes seafood, burgers and hanging skewers.
Craft & Dough
Self-proclaimed creators of luscious and innovative pizzas, Craft & Dough have two establishments in Sheffield. Their offering includes artisan pizza, coffee, brunch, cocktails and craft beer - and their reputation only continues to grow. For those seeking something different, they also provide cocktail masterclasses and pizza making courses.
Established on the former site of Champs, Graze Inn offer an intriguing range of food including pub classics, as well as their famous flatbreads. It’s great for students, with lots of offers running throughout the week. These include ‘Fish & Chip Friday’ and ‘2-4-1 Flatbreads’, both of which are available on specified days.
Sure to be popular with fans of Indian food, Ashoka have been serving up a great range of dishes since 1967. Their menu includes plenty of appealing choices that include wood-smoked tandoor and classic curry dishes.
Koko’s highly-skilled team deliver delightful Japanese food that you won’t find elsewhere in the city. They aim to push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine and as a result, their menu is seriously tantalising. If you have family coming to stay during your time as a student, this is a great one to take them to.
The Usual Suspects
If you prefer to stick to well-trodden chain restaurants, Ecclesall Road has plenty of these too. Nandos, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Carluccio’s are all within walking distance; whilst those looking for fast food can choose from KFC, Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Taco Bell.
An established name within the Steel City, Couch has two branches in Sheffield – one in the city centre and one offering breakfast and lunch on Ecclesall Road. In addition to offering tasty food, Couch really stands out for its superb choice of coffee, which uses The Happy Goat Capra blend.
Now firmly-established as one of the city’s leading chocolatiers, Cocoa Wonderland will satisfy your sweet tooth with the delicious treats they offer. In the back of the shop, there is also a popular café, which serves great coffee, special teas and addictively thick hot chocolate.
The Usual Suspects
Naturally, sometimes it’s nice to stick to what you know. Thankfully for coffee-house enthusiasts, recognised chains including Starbucks, Café Nero and Costa Coffee all have outlets along Ecclesall Road too.
Greedy Greek Deli (Sharrow Vale Road)
The popular Greedy Greek Deli offers authentic Greek cooking from its base on Sharrow Vale Road, which runs adjacent to Ecclesall Road. A mix of vegetarian and meat-based dishes can be ordered either as takeaway or to be enjoyed in the café-style premises.
Porter Pizza (Sharrow Vale Road)
Launched based around a desire to offer authentic, continental-style pizzas, The Porter Pizza Company began with a mission to ‘transform pizza from junk food to real food’. With the dough made freshly on site each day, this wood-fired pizza is well worth a try.
Made by Jonty (Sharrow Vale Road)
Since opening its doors back in 2010, Made by Jonty has developed a great reputation as one of the cornerstones of the Sharrow Vale foodie haven. Their all day breakfast menu includes traditional choices, as well as vegan breakfasts, breakfast burritos and Belgian waffles.
Perched just round the corner from Hunter’s Bar, Ella’s café offers a great range of hearty breakfasts. For meat fans, there is tasty bacon from the reputable Moss Valley Meats to enjoy, whilst vegetarians will also find appealing options including the intriguing Halloumi Stack.
Located to the Ecclesall Road South end of Ecclesall Road is Poppies Bakehouse, which will undoubtedly satisfy the sweetest of teeth. Alongside a cup of Heavenly Coffee Company coffee, you can enjoy flavoured cupcakes, brownies, tray bakes and more.
Handmade Doughnuts/Eve Kitchen (Sharrow Vale Road)
Creator, baker and maker Lauren Eve opened her artisan café with a desire to offer the best handmade doughnuts around. Stop by and you won’t be disappointed, as there’s always a great range of flavour combinations to try here.
Locals will tell you Sheffield is the real ale capital of the world – and with all the microbreweries and superb beer to try here you’d struggle to argue against them. Ecclesall Road is full of places to try, with enough choice to mean that heading to town for a drink isn’t necessary.
A regular haunt for local students, the Nursery Tavern offers a great range of reasonably-priced drinks and food. They also show live sport, making the pub the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening.
Nestled alongside the waterway from which it takes its name, Porter Brook is never more popular then when the summer sunshine comes out. With a great range of rotating guest ales, it captures the spirit of the area well.
A mainstay of the Ecclesall Road drinking scene, Champs has moved locations over the years and now sits on the site of the former Pomona. The self-proclaimed, American-style Sports Bar is perfect for mixing a live match with food and a drink. The spacious beer garden helps add to the appeal of the venue, particularly when the sun is shining.
Portland House offers everything from great whisky to specialist beer. The first of Welbeck Abbey Brewery’s portfolio of pubs, it opened its doors back in 2005. Their drinks include superb range of rotating craft beer, as well as some seriously good lager.
Lescar (Sharrow Vale Road)
Tucked away on Sharrow Vale Road, the Lescar underwent a refurbishment a few years ago. It subsequently became a great place to relax and unwind with your beverage of choice. Beer fans will love the mix of local cask ales and well-known lagers from around the world.
Cowshed @ Graze Inn
One of Sheffield’s coolest late bars, Cowshed is part of the Graze Inn restaurant which sits on the former site of Champs. There’s a Happy Hour that runs from 5-7 most weekdays, whilst the bar opens until 2am on Friday and Saturday – perfect if you don’t fancy heading into town.
Bonus - Kebab Houses
Many great student nights out have ended with a pizza or kebab. Handily, Ecclesall Road plays home to some of the best in the city, with Yummy Hut, Harlequins and Elif all offering their own take on late night comfort food.
Handily, Ecclesall Road has 6 of the biggest supermarket names in close proximity – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-Op, M&S, Spar and Waitrose. Tesco and Sainsbury’s can actually be found pretty much in the centre of the area, close by to large swathes of the student housing on offer.
Well-known clothing retailer FatFace set up shop on Ecclesall Road many years ago. From the branch, they sell comfy and stylish clothes perfectly suited to the student market.
Gift-centric boutique mookau has now enjoyed residence in the area for over 10 years, which is testament to the success of the store. A great place to find inspiration for presents, the store offers everything from homeware; to jewellery and clothing.
Hilary & Flo
Founded back in 2015, Hilary & Flo offers a varied array of homeware, gifts and charming trinkets. A perfect example of one of Ecclesall Road’s appealing independent retailers.
Katie Peckett Florists
Heading home and need some nice flowers to take with you? Got relatives coming to visit for a birthday? Katie Peckett Florists is perfect for buying a special bouquet. They always have a superb range of flowers to choose from.
Fancy dress for nights out is an almost obligatory rite of passage for most students. Even if first year is a distant memory, it’s likely you’ll have mates that are keen to keep the antics going! For times of need, Party Town rents out for a wide range of occasions.
Distance to Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University has two different campsuses – one in the city centre and one, handily, on Ecclesall Road itself. The Ecclesall Road – or Collegiate – Campus is linked to the heart of Ecclesall Road via Collegiate Crescent, which starts just over the road from Graze Inn.
The city centre campus is immediately noticeable as you enter the city via the central train station, as the walkway from the entrance leads up to the main City Centre University Campus buildings. From Ecclesall Road, you can reach these via a short bus ride. Alternatively, you can walk there in around 15 minutes.
Distance to University of Sheffield
The bulk of the University of Sheffield is located just to the west of the city centre, near to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Slightly further to reach on foot from the furthest reaches of Ecclesall Road, it will take around 5 minutes to walk there from our main Ecclesall Gate block.
If you’re keen to travel by bus, then there are options running into the city centre from Ecclesall Road, whilst you can reach the area around the hospital by taking a bus close to Hunters Bar Roundabout. This route takes you via Brocco Bank, which adjoins to the roundabout itself.
If you’re a student looking to rent a property in the Ecclesall Road area, make sure you check out our great array of properties. These are usually secured well in advance, so get in there early!