Hello, back in January I posted my daughter was looking at a few cities for Uni. I got some great comments and advice which I was able to pass on.
She picked Sheffield and is really happy with the choice. Sheffield sounds like it is really coming up trumps. House hunting is already going on for next year, Crookes and Crookesmoor are the locations I’m told.
Any more suggestions of recommendations relating to good areas affordable for a student let, they are looking at 6 sharing next year.
Walkley would be a good addition to Crookes and Crookesmoor, easy walk in to most of the Uni departments and the core Uni student areas. There is also Broomhill which is a nice area with good shops and bars etc.
A bit further is Hunters Bar/Ecclesall Road which is really bustling lively area and a great place to live. Good choice of Uni and city!
I lived in Broomhall (not Broomhill) for years, there used to be good (massive) student rentals in the streets near/around Collegiate Crescent. The streets around the Botanical Gardens are also nice.
Hunters Bar was good, straight out through the park to the Peak District.
If there's 6 of them they might even be able to get something on the fringes of Nether Edge.
The cluster of streets off Eccy Road around the entrance to the General Cemetery seems to be a zone of perpetual loud shit parties and litter these days, if they like that sort of thing
Fortunately the student areas are generally well away from the less desirable areas of the city.
Do they have cars? Most of the student areas are terraced houses on narrow streets. Often surprisingly large and very nice houses, but an absolute nightmare for parking. They will quickly become experts at parallel parking and hill starts.
Paul has mentioned the main student areas, all of which are reasonably conveniently located. Parking near the universities is a nightmare, so being in walking distance would be my personal preference regardless of the transport situation.
From my own memories of student days being close to friends is probably the most important factor to consider when choosing the location. Maybe though things have changed in the mobile phone world and with so many students now having their own cars.
Thanks for all the replies. She has a car left behind up here for year 1 at halls in Rancliffe and is happy walking and bussing but does have to do placements which are a 4hr round trip sometime.
I expect the car will go with her next year but I’m not looking forward to that prospect as I can imagine it’ll return back somewhat worse for wear.
Broomhill is a great location and very convenient location for the uni but I’m guessing rents are a bit higher. Crookes/Crookesmoor would be my second choice in terms of proximity to the university.
If she prefers the Ecclesall Road area I have two nice student houses for 6 which are run through Fit Property who specialise in student accommodation. If interested message me for details.
I lived in Crookes and Walkely. I liked both, and both had the feeling of being "normal" areas. And the cycle home from uni kept you fit too! 😜
I lived on Brunswick street which was only 2 minutes walk from the physics building. Had to run the gauntlet of drug dealers at night but it was quite in the morning! probs not the best idea if she has a car though as it will get nicked. Walkley was up hill and a bit of a nightmare in winter when trying to walk anywhere industry street was steep as! Hunters bar is best I think.
Thanks ! I think they have found somewhere already! Somewhere between Crookshall and Broomhall. Good on her for getting at it!
Nice one. Drop me a link for it if you’d like feedback on the price / area.
> I lived in Crookes and Walkely. I liked both, and both had the feeling of being "normal" areas. And the cycle home from uni kept you fit too! 😜
Yeah it does,, I'm at the same elevation as Crookes and it's either a shorter and steeper cycle home or gentler and longer. I got fitter 'by accident' on moving up here after living near the Hallamshire, and now I'm accidentally losing weight. It's my kind of keeping fitter and in shape, it was a happy day when I read that going to gyms doesn't make us live longer.
I lived in Walkley in my 4th year, and I had about 6 weeks off the bike due to having an operation on my ankle. I remember the first time I tried to cycle home from Uni after it I was going slower than those walking!! You don't realise how much those hills build your fitness until you have a break from them!
Prior to this though, while I was still on the crutches, I had used the bus to get to uni one morning and then it snowed while I was there. All the buses got stuck and I had to try and get back up that hill on crutches with a recently operated on ankle in very slippy snow!! All the fun games!
Yes, none cycling people comment on it being hard work, but it is fine if you cycle habitually. I had a friendly lady jog past me near Lodge Moor while just pottering along and looking at the mosses on a drystone wall and say 'It's faster on your feet', quite funny. I occasionally walk for a little bit due to old achilles issues, which might be a bit of cross training to help keep things balanced, but stretching more may help it. I can't imagine navigating snowy Sheffield while on crutches, there was one day in the late noughties where it snowed then suddenly froze hard, and a lady who worked for my Dad slid down Crookes main road on her bum and backwards. Spikey tyres are cool when it's slippery, not economical but quite fun.
My snowy/ icy crutches day would have been Jan 2004, maybe there was a wee pattern of cold snaps through those years?
2004 was my first year in Sheffield. I remember a very sketchy walk out to Burbage from Sorby halls starting about midnight and being in a white out across the tops of the edge.