University of Sheffield

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"There are many different clubs and societies ranging from tennis, basketball and cricket to ultimate frisbee and Quidditch. The officers (sports and societies) are really committed to getting everyone involved and we have a lot of social sport sessions for people who just want to have some fun during the week."
"There are many sports clubs to choose from and get involved with, it's great. With 'give it go' at the uni, you can try different sports then start to regularly attend the ones you enjoy the most. It's a great way to meet loads of new people and make other groups of friends as well as those in your accommodation. You'll find that a lot of the societies and clubs are really nice and welcoming."
"I honestly believe the social side of Sheffield offered by the students' union is second to none. As far as I recall there are over 300 student-led societies and sports groups to join. From special interest groups such as the Pokémon society to cultural societies such as the Indian society or Japanese society to all kinds of sports groups. There's definitely something for everyone."
"Sheffield is home to a huge variety of sports clubs and other societies. We consistently perform well in inter-uni sports events, including Varsity. The number of societies on offer ensures all needs are catered for. Societies range from assassins to baking to beekeeping to wildlife to ballroom dancing. Whatever you're after, it'll be here."
"There is a society for everyone, with sport being played to a very high standard as well as more fun societies such as Quidditch. For the non-sporting, there are also great opportunities to meet other like-minded people, whether it be film, music or something more niche still."
"The range of clubs and activities at Sheffield are amazing. You can do just about anything you can think of and you can always try to form your own society if it isn't there when you start uni. The sports clubs are all great and have a good reputation around Sheffield (we win Varsity a lot). There are also amateur sports clubs so, if you want to try a new hobby, then it's accessible to everyone, which is really good! The social life in Sheffield is perfect."
"There are plenty of societies available so there is definitely something for everyone. The university also does a 'give it a go' scheme in the first few months of the initial term so you can try different things out."
"There are numerous sports clubs including kayaking, Muay Tai, football, basketball, swimming, walking and so on. However, many of these are competitive and not just for fun. Then there is a society for near enough every hobby around."
"The union has been repeatedly voted number one for student satisfaction in the country. This is in no small part down to the huge array of societies, clubs and amazing social environment cultivated in the union."
"There are many types of clubs and societies, from the Islamic club and Indian society to the badminton team and martial arts."


"There are sports and gym facilities near the uni and it offers club activities that are mostly free. Societies may have joining fees and there is a wide range. If there is something you want but isn't available then you may be able to set something up yourself."
"There are hundreds of societies for all interests and sports teams for almost all sports. If there is interest in a new society or sports team, the students' union is very useful for helping students to start one up. There are big sports and activities fairs twice a year to advertise them to students. We also have a massive varsity competition every year between the sports teams of Sheffield Uni and Hallam Uni (we have won three years in a row currently), which is great fun for all students whether they're getting involved or just watching."
"There are many options for things to do and, if it's not already set up, there's a lot of support to set something up yourself. If you're willing to get involved you won't be bored. There's lots of help available if you need it or a bit of advice about something."
"There are lots of cultural societies, which I like. We also have a huge range of societies that are good for bringing different people together, as lots of people are often just trying things for the first time."
"There are a lot of competitive sports clubs at Sheffield University. The varsity against Sheffield Hallam every year is always particularly enthralling for sports lovers. There are also a wide variety of societies to join including dance, cheerleading, volunteering and student radio."
"The SU has been rated number one in the country for eight years in a row. There are clubs and societies for everyone so it's a great place to meet new people."
"There are lots of societies to join offering a wide variety of activities and extremely friendly people from all around. There's a great social life and I would highly recommend my university."
"There are so many sports clubs and many of them play to a high standard. However, they are still great at involving new people."
"You have so much choice here and the locals are all very friendly. There is a reason that people stay in Sheffield after their course has ended!"
"The social environment is pretty good and people are nice towards each other. There are swimming pool sessions that are only for women every Wednesday. We have social sport activities every week and a variety of sports are offered such as netball, football, futsal and boxing. Some are free for students who live in student accommodation. There is no discrimination regarding any religions or beliefs and we even have gender neutral toilets to support LGBT students."

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