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Full of character and distinctively-charming, Sheffield remains one of the UK’s choice locations for those studying at university.

A true ‘outdoor city’, it offers the best of city centre living with the added bonus of being right on the doorstep of the Peak District. With beautiful parks, countless great restaurants and a plethora of clothing shops, it’s no wonder that the city has become so popular.

Here at MAF properties, we have a wide selection of contemporary houses and flats for students in many of the city’s most appealing locations.

What Are the Best Locations for Sheffield Student Accommodation?

There are loads of great locations to rent as a student in Sheffield. Some of the most popular choices are listed below - and MAF Students offers properties in each of these areas:

  • Broomhall
  • Broomhill
  • City Centre
  • Devonshire Quarter
  • Ecclesall
  • Netherthorpe
  • Norfolk Park
  • University

To help you narrow down your choice on which of these areas to rent within, we’ve put together a short guide to each of these below:


Located on the south-west edge of Sheffield city centre, Broomhall is ideally-positioned for students studying at either at The University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University’s Collegiate campus.

As an area not typically associated with the city’s primary student community, it offers something different to those looking to experience Sheffield in a different way.

There are plenty of supermarkets and shops in the reasonably near vicinity.

3 highlights of living in Broomhall as a student:

  1. Close proximity to West Street and all the bars, pubs and restaurants it offers
  2. Sheffield city centre and Ecclesall Road are both within 15 minutes’ walk
  3. Independent coffee house Upshot Espresso is well worth a visit for its donuts alone

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Ideal for students studying at the University of Sheffield, Broomhill has one of the longest-standing student communities in the entire city.

With plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and bars within a short walking distance, it’s easy to see why.

With the leafy suburbs of Ecclesall and Fulwood within reach, this is an area that’s widely recognised as being one of the places where you can enjoy the highest quality of living as a student.

3 highlights of living in Broomhill as a student:

  1. The area has literally everything you need as a student entertainment-wise, cutting down on taxi fares and walks.
  2. You get to enjoy the leafier side of Sheffield, with plenty of tree-lined roads.
  3. The Botanical Gardens are a real bonus for free entertainment and make a great sun trap during warmer weather.

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City Centre

It’s well reported that a large percentage of students who choose to study in Sheffield end up setting up residence there even after University. A big reason for that is the wonderful city centre.

Full of character and home to plenty of great music venues, real ale pubs and charming public spaces, it’s a fantastic place for student living.

Here at MAF, we have properties located in the vicinity of both Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University, as well as down in the ever-evolving Kelham Island area.

3 highlights of living in Sheffield city centre as a student:

  1. Sheffield's centre is really varied, with areas such as Kelham Island full of the industrial character so synonymous with the city.
  2. The Winter Gardens are a real gem, acting as an architectural wonder and great meeting place alike.
  3. For what is a fairly small city centre, Sheffield really packs in great choice for places to eat, with almost every cuisine you could think of available to try.

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Devonshire Quarter

Placed right in the heart of the city centre, the Devonshire Quarter area is again ideal for students studying at either university.

Two of Sheffield’s real city centre hubs – West Street and Division Street - are within a stone’s throw of many of our accommodation locations; whilst Devonshire Green is a great place to unwind and relax in the sunshine.

Any students who’ve lived here will tell you that if you’re looking to experience the hustle and bustle of true city centre living, there’s no better place in Sheffield.

3 highlights of living in Devonshire Quarter as a student:

  1. The vintage shops of Division Street are great for students looking to do some thrifty shopping.
  2. Sheffield’s two main strips of bars and pubs (Ecclesall Road and West Street) are within easy walking distance.
  3. Devonshire Green makes a great sun trap in the summer.

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Perhaps the most sought-out area in Sheffield for student living, Ecclesall combines the calm of leafy suburb living whilst still remaining a real hub of activity.

Right at the heart of it all is Ecclesall Road, which has the appealing Endcliffe Park at one end and the edge of the city centre at the other. In reality, it’s almost a microcosm of Sheffield living as a whole.

Dotted down this mile-or-so central vein are shops, pubs, bars, supermarkets and restaurants. There’s no place like it in Sheffield.

3 highlights of living on Ecclesall Road as a student:

  1. Endcliffe Park is just a few metres walk from the iconic Hunter’s Bar, made famous by the Arctic Monkeys.
  2. You literally have everything you could possibly need within easy reach, including pubs, shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and takeaways.
  3. For those studying at Sheffield Hallam’s Collegiate Campus, university lectures are right on your doorstep.

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The Netherthorpe area of Sheffield has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years. Backing on to Crookes – another up-and-coming area – it provides students with access to a wide variety of amenities.

Better suited to students at the University of Sheffield, it has two great green spaces – Weston Park and Crookes Valley Park – within easy reach.

Then there’s the Kelham Island area, which offers one of the best array of pubs for those looking to experience some of Sheffield’s famous ales. The positive investment in the area has enhanced, rather than hindered the charm so engrained within it.

3 highlights of living in Netherthorpe as a student:

  1. The real ale pubs of Kelham Island are within touching distance, including The Fat Cat.
  2. Kelham Island is also one of the ‘it’ locations for places to eat in Sheffield, thanks to a swathe of development over the past decade.
  3. You can mix the greenery of the neighbouring parks whilst remaining in the city centre.

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Norfolk Park

One that’s perfect for first year students at Sheffield Hallam University looking to make plenty of friends, Norfolk Park plays home to some of our most appealing properties.

These back onto Norfolk Heritage Park, which provides the perfect place for students seeking green outdoor spaces.

Close to the train station, Bramall Lane and with great links to the tram network, the Norfolk Park area is a great base for new residents in the city.

Highlight: The sprawling Norfolk Park is one of Sheffield’s most popular city centre spaces and is always sure to be a hive of activity.

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For many students, being able to live right on the doorstep of your University of choice is the most commonly sought-out feature when finding accommodation.

With this in mind, we offer a great selection of properties within touching distance of both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam.

What’s more, regardless of the university that you’re studying at, you’ll also be right on the fringes of all the great things that Sheffield city centre has to offer.

3 highlights of living in Norfolk Park as a student:

  1. The close proximity of the train station makes Norfolk Park perfect for easy travel back to your home city.
  2. Norfolk Park itself naturally provides a great platform for enjoying the outdoors.
  3. You get to enjoy some of the best views over Sheffield from the right spots.

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