Sheffield

Sheffield is a city full of life! From its historic buildings to the wealth of culture, there are so many things for you to do. It’s also home to some amazing architecture and is one of the most popular places in England for students. Whether you want a small house or an flat with plenty of space, Sheffield has something for everyone.

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Excellent

63%

Very Good

27%

Average

7%

Disappointing

3%

Very Poor

1%

Best places to live in Sheffield

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View of Sheffield City Council and Sheffield town hall in autumn

Areas to consider in Sheffield

The City of Sheffield is divided into 28 electoral wards. Some of the areas you might want to consider are:

Sharrow Vale and Sharrow Head – These neighbourhoods have a mixture of flats, terraced houses and large multi-occupancy homes. There is also plenty for students here with its close proximity to Sheffield Hallam University campus facilities; this area is very popular with young professionals who enjoy living near all that it has to offer too! It’s very central but surrounded by greenery for those who like their green space!

Wardsend Park – (East Ecclesfield Ward) This area benefits from excellent transport links which make it ideal if you work in the city centre or need an easy commute into Manchester or Leeds. You can find small apartments as well as large family homes in this part of the city.

Wortley – (West Ecclesfield Ward) This area is popular with young professionals who enjoy living near all that it has to offer, including Wortley Top Forge which was once used for making swords and knives during war times! There are plenty of amenities here too as well as good transport links into Sheffield City Centre via train or regular bus services.

Hillsborough – (North West District) Hillsborough benefits from its close proximity to local shops, schools and parks; there are also great transport links available locally which make commuting easy if you work in Manchester, Leeds or further afield. The average price range starts at around £200k but many properties on offer go up towards £300k and beyond.

Steel ball in front of the Winter Gardens at St Paul's Place, Sheffield

Transport links in Sheffield

There are excellent transport links available in Sheffield which make it easy for commuters to get into the city centre, surrounding countryside and out towards the Peak District.

Rail links are available to the city centre from all over the country while Sheffield is also home to an international airport which offers flights out towards Europe and beyond.

In terms of cycling, there are miles upon miles of safe and secure cycle routes available for those who want to make the most of cycling as a mode of transport.

For drivers, Sheffield is easy to get around and there are plenty of car parks dotted all over the city that provide safe and affordable parking options.

Park Square Bridge, also known as the Supertram Bridge located in Sheffield

What is there to do in Sheffield?

With a city the size of Sheffield, there will be something for everyone. There is a thriving nightlife and culture scene to enjoy, museums and art galleries to visit and sporting events both national and international to follow.

Despite being a large metropolitan area, Sheffield is home to a surprising amount of green space, with the Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Weston Park Museum being two of the most popular attractions.

Sheffield is often seen as a very safe place to live, with its low crime rates and high levels of education meaning you will feel secure in your new home. This makes it an excellent choice for any family moving from London or another large city looking for a peaceful life in Sheffield.

Reviews in Sheffield

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Too expensive, not safe.

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Review Date Feb 2024

There are many businesses in the local area, small independent shops, chains, and supermarkets. It is close to the city centre and transport links are perfectly adequate.
However the area is in the middle of what South Yorkshire police refers to as a “crime hotspot”, with burglaries being the main scourge. This may be due to the fact that there are many students living in the area, so thieves assume that there are many easy targets.

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Safety was the main concern. Thefts and antisocial behaviour happened too often during the eleven months I’ve been there. It was too easy for intruders to enter the building and look for an opportunity to steal something or to cause trouble. See for instance the online article from local paper The Star about one such incident that happened at Brook Place.

Beyond the safety concerns, the place is rather ordinary. You will easily find other accommodations in Sheffield offering equivalent or better standards at a lower price.
The receptionists confided that about a dozen residents move out each month on average. Few residents must be renewing their tenancies. Most tenants seemed to be students. Staff turnover was also surprisingly high. Two receptionists in the team of four were replaced in the space of just eleven months.

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I did not know Sheffield when I moved to Brook Place, and many other residents were apparently in the same situation. A year later and with a better knowledge of the city, it is evident that there are better and cheaper options available.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Their response to the many safety concerns raised by residents was extremely disappointing. Their strategy always seemed to do the bare minimum to maintain the illusion that they took residents’ concerns seriously and to safeguard their public image, without taking serious actions.

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Nice accommodation

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Review Date Feb 2024

There are a range of local shops near, only a short walk from bars and restaurants, which keeps it reasonably quiet. It feels very safe walking home as a female in day and night.

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The facilities are easy to access. The building feels very safe with all doors accessed only by key fobs and 24/7 security in reception. The design has been inhibited by the amount of construction going on but since the scaffolding has gone down it’s a really lovely view of the upper courtyard. The trash disposal and recycling points are also super handy.

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I wish I had known how loud the building work would have been as I would have made alternative working conditions.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I had an issue with a crack in my wall during building work. It was left for longer than I would’ve chosen, but the repairs were done once the building was completed and it looks great now.

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Please stop tenants smoking inside

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Review Date Jan 2024

Good transport links, very close to city center shopping and gyms close by the Kelham island on the opposite side

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Something needs to be done about fire alarms going off at silly times in the night and residents smoking in their apartments you can smell it in the corridors so managment really need to do so.thing about that or at least the quality of people they are renting too as people come and go

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Wish I would have know the cladding was to be done amd ironworks was to be built so we have spent nearly two years be surrounded by building works

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Fairly well they have always dealt with issues to the best of their ability

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Poor quality of finish and lack of care

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Review Date Jan 2024

The area is fine, there was a lot of anti-social behaviour in the beginning but that seems to be less so now. Otherwise it’s fine.

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The overall development of the property is satisfactory, but there are significant concerns about the quality of the finishing in our home. Approximately half of the living space was inadequately finished, contrary to the assurance that we were moving into a place that would be cleaned and refurbished to a ‘like new’ condition. Upon moving in, we discovered incomplete carpet installations, including one room with gum stuck in the carpet and visible signs of wear. When we brought these issues to the attention of the landlord, their response was that a carpet clean would not be carried out as they deemed the marks to be remnants from the previous tenancy.

In addition to the carpeting concerns, there are various issues throughout the property:

Kitchen:
Condensation in windows
High-pitched noise from the extractor at times
Improperly installed fridge bottom vent
Cleaning deficiencies not meeting professional standards
Missing cabinet ‘stoppers’
Inadequately fixed dishwasher
Scuffs on the wall (corner)
Wooden panel under the dishwasher falling off and not properly fitted

Dining Room:
Chips in the floor
Marks on the door frame (front door)
Paint marks on the toilet door

Living Room:
Marks on the walls
Radiator side not properly fitted

Bedroom One:
Scuff marks on the corner of the wall
Various marks on the walls
Mould on windows
Marks on the window frame

Bedroom Two:
Marks on the wall
Marks on the door frame

Bedroom Three:
Various stains on the carpet
Gum-like substance stuck in the carpet

Bathroom:
Stains on flooring
Stains on skirting board
Stains on the wall
Uncleaned sink (underneath)
Rust on the radiator
Holes on the bath wall
Cracked paint in various spots

Despite reporting these issues to Placefirst, no action has been taken to address any of these concerns.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Wish the commitment to ‘as new’ was true, since this was false we felt misled.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Mixture of being ignored and being rectified. Often need to chase up problems as solutions don’t come or are forgotten about. Sometimes we just don’t report anymore as it’s too much effort to just get ignored.

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