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You’re lucky to study in Sheffield as you’ll find a larger number of things to do and visit.

You’ll never get bored, here are a few of the many activities in Sheffield for free or on a low budget:

As you may have heard Sheffield is meant to be one of the greenest cities in Europe this is all down to the larger number of parks dotted around and easy to visit in the, however, the more notable ones are the:

Botanical Gardens: Tropical plants housed in Victorian Glass Pavilions. Gardens include a Himalayan Garden, Long Borders, Parterre and 4 seasons. There is still a bear in a Victorian Bear-Pit, so it’s your chance to hug a bear. They hold various events throughout the year such as Sheffield DocFest 10-15th June, Art in the Park in September, Music nights and Shakespeare plays. Talks are often held on a variety of horticultural subjects. It is the place to be during some of our sunnier days.

Winter Gardens: One of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last 100 years, right in the heart of the city. There are more than 2,500 plants from all around the world. The glasshouse is 70 metres long and 22 metres high equal to around 5,000 domestic greenhouses. Coffee shops and the Millennium art gallery add some refreshment for the body and soul.

The Peace Gardens with its vertical fountains, so beloved in summer, are in the centre next to the Sheffield’s Town Hall.

The Peak District:

The Fox House or The Strines: These two pubs in the Peak district are meccas for the weary walker after a day in the Peaks. The Peaks around Sheffield are free to roam and plenty of maps are available, even apps on your phone. (View Ranger GPS app is available on Android and Peak District Maps by Jomo is on Itunes are two examples). Ok so the Pubs are both free to enter, but you’ll need to purchase your drinks. The pubs also offer a fab menu with filling portions served at both.

Endcliffe park, great place to chill out with friends (preferably when it's sunny), walk around or sit on the grass and take a picnic or BBQ with friends

If you’re hungry: over the past few years Food tuck events have really kicked off in Sheffield, you can find a variety cuisines at a variety of prices during both the week or weekend. Recommended are Peddlers Market at Kelham Island or Trafalgar Warehouse in town)

If you’re searching for Culture:

Weston Park Museum: Permanent and visiting exhibitions tell the story of prehistoric Sheffield to the present day, most famous exhibit is the polar bear.

Book reading at Waterstones: Watch out on the board outside Waterstones in Orchard Square, just off the Fargate, for book readings and signings from Authors and Narrators. They also have a coffee shop on the 1st floor and can source most books for you.

Troll the Sheffield Antiques Quarter: You can grab yourself a bargain in the myriad of vintage stores in and around the Quarter. From Clothes to mirrors and everything in between, so it’s a great place to start when styling your new room.

Whilst sporty types will enjoy:

University Gyms: Both Universities have outstanding facilities, not quite free, but at a discounted price

Play Tennis in the park! 

Weston Park: OK so you need your own racquets and ball, but the courts are free to use. There are also floral displays and a bandstand and lake.

Devonshire Green Skate Park: Grab a board and a few friends and pull out your wicked tricks, or have a laugh trying at least!

The Foundry Climbing Centre: for those who like heights.