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A Snapshot into.. Sheffield

  • March 23, 2020

Sheffield is a vibrant city bursting with character and creativity, located in the English County of South Yorkshire. The City of Sheffield is England’s third largest district authority with a numbered population of around 575,400.

Sheffield is an ethnically diverse city, with around 19% of its population from black or minority ethnic groups. The largest of those groups is the Pakistani community, but Sheffield also has large Caribbean, Indian, Bangladeshi, Somali, Yemeni and Chinese communities.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest, busiest and most successful NHS foundation Trusts, providing a full range of hospital and community services for people in Sheffield, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield. They manage 5 of Yorkshire’s most well-known teaching hospitals, with around 17,000 employees.

Facts About Sheffield

  • Around a third of Sheffield city is actually inside the Peak District National Park - no other city in the UK has part of a National Park inside its boundaries
  • Sheffield is home to the oldest football club in the world that plays association football. Sheffield FC was founded in 1857 by members of a cricket club based in Sheffield.
  • The city has 4 trees for every person – home to more than two million trees
  • Stainless steel was invented in Sheffield
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, came to Sheffield in 1878 to work as a doctor. He took inspiration from his time living here for his later work ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’
  • The World Snooker Championship is held in Sheffield each year
  • Famous people to come from Sheffield include Michael Palin, Jess Ennis, Helen Sharman, Brian Glover, Graham Fellow, Richard McCourt and The Arctic Monkeys.
  • Sheffield is home to the National Pub of the Year 2008 and 2009.
  • BDI Resourcing’s very own Daniel Platts was born and bred in Sheffield.

Cost of Living in Sheffield 

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Sheffield to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


 2 Hours 10 Minutes


 2 Hours 37 Minutes


 3 Hours 5 Minutes


 55 Minutes


 1 Hours 50 Minutes


 1 Hours 10  Minutes


 1 Hours 50 Minutes


 3 Hours 22 Minutes

Education in Sheffield

According to the government website, Sheffield has access to 159 Primary Schools and a further 48 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Sheffield City Council Education website here.

Sheffield is also home to The University of Sheffield, a world top 100 University, and top 5 in the UK for best overall student experience and top UK Students' Union for the tenth consecutive year. The University offers a high range of high-quality courses from undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses to research degrees and adult education classes. Their global reputation for teaching and research attracts more than 7000 international students from over 150 countries.

Things to do in Sheffield:

Meadowhall Shopping Centre

Meadowhall is one of the UK's leading shopping and leisure destinations. With over 270 retail outlets, 37 restaurants and cafes and an 11 screen cinema, Meadowhall welcomes over 30 million visitors per year. Meadowhall's convenient location, combined with free parking and excellent public transport facilities, make the Centre easy to get to from all corners of the country.

The Peak District

The Peak District is an upland area in England at the southern end of the Pennines. Runners and walkers love the city's moors, ancient woods and winding valleys. Rock connoisseurs the world over know it as the country's climbing capital, while Sheffield's seven hills entice road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

Theatres and Galleries

Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London, comprising the Crucible Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Crucible Studio. Across three auditoria they offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, with everything from West End musicals to cutting edge drama.

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre is a leisure complex in Sheffield that contains an Olympic-sized swimming pool with seating for 2,600 spectators, family and children's pools, water slides and other sports facilities. Enjoy excellent food and drink, private parties, and social events here, a perfect location to socialize, relax, workout, swim and have fun.  

Museums and Heritage

Sheffield has a rich industrial heritage, having a major part in the Industrial Revolution in the 1900’s. Key attractions in Sheffield include Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet,  in which showcase inventions, heavy industry and intricate craftmanship. Additionally, a visit to the Metalwork Collection is the perfect place to see a selection of over 13,00 tools of trade.

Relocation to Sheffield

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Sheffield, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos on everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS!

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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