In the first of a new series, we’re going to be exploring some of our favourite rental hotspots. This week, we’ll be in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield and everything it has on offer for tenants living there. We’ll be looking at everything from what kind of rent you can expect to pay to what there is to do locally.
Also known as the steel city, Sheffield is renowned for its industrial prowess and for being one of the friendliest cities in the country. Sheffield has a little bit of something for everyone – whether you are looking for culture, nightlife or you simply just want to take advantage of the many opportunities available within the city.
The asking rents in Sheffield are reasonable, especially compared to other major cities throughout the country, with the average rent for a one-bedroom home standing at £472 pcm. You will need to budget around £781 pcm for a two-bedroom home and £874 pcm for a three-bedroom home.
When it comes to renting, Sheffield has something for everyone. Suburban areas like Crookes, Walkley and Hillsborough are the most popular amongst families – the former is near a variety of parks, and both Walkley and Hillsborough have highly regarded schools. If you are looking to go more central, St. Paul’s offers a variety of modern apartment buildings right in the heart of the city centre.
Kelham Island, along with the nearby Neepsend and Shalesmoor, is particularly popular area amongst renters, thanks to the picturesque waterside surroundings and the plethora of trendy bars, shops and restaurants.
The most popular ways to get around Sheffield are the city’s bus and tram systems. You can purchase a ‘Citywide Pass’, which will allow you to travel around the South Yorkshire area on various methods of transport using one ticket. Prices depend on what kind of ticket you get – however, the average monthly cost to travel around the city via tram and bus is around £60-£65.
With its central location in the country, Sheffield has excellent transport links to various parts of the UK. From Sheffield railway station, there are direct links to key cities such as Manchester, London, Nottingham and Birmingham – to name but a few. There are also frequent trains to more local areas like Doncaster, Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Huddersfield. Sheffield is also close to the M1, so you will also have direct access to various parts of the UK via car.
Things to do
With the Peak District on its doorstep and a large amount of green space, Sheffield is an outdoor city, so if you enjoy outdoor activities Sheffield is certainly the place for you. Weston Park, Hillsborough Park and Endcliffe Park are just a few examples of the numerous picturesque inner-city parks in Sheffield. You can also enjoy a spot of nature on a rainy day, thanks to Sheffield Winter Gardens where you will find around 2,500 species of plants under one roof. If you’re looking to get out of town, the Peak District National Park offers some stunning views and plenty of opportunities for walking and other outdoor activities.
There is also a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes if you’re looking for something a little livelier. If you’re after something more cultured, the Lyceum Theatre plays host to a variety of plays and musicals straight from the West End. Music lovers can also enjoy a concert or two in Sheffield’s many music venues. When it comes to shopping, you can find all the biggest high street brands in the city centre and Meadowhall shopping centre. If you’re looking for something a bit more niche, you can find a variety of independent retailers at the Devonshire Quarter and along Ecclesall Road. Antique lovers will have a ball in the city’s antiques quarter, where you will find vintage boutiques and antique shops.
Are you looking to rent in Sheffield? Click here to view available properties at our Sheffield branch.