About Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Sheffield, The Steel City, is the largest city in South Yorkshire and second largest in Yorkshire overall. Located between the Peak District and the M1, the Sheffield Metropolitan area is home to around 1.5 million people. Credited with the invention of stainless steel, the city’s history is intertwined with the steel industry of the 20th century. Home to acts such as The Human League and Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has since developed into a culture rich city with 2 universities, 2 football teams and plenty of things to do.

Sheffield: An Up and Coming City

Sheffield is definitely one of the up and coming cities within the UK. According to a news report by the Guardian, more and more people are moving to northern cities like Sheffield (along with Leeds and Newcastle) for a better quality of life. There was a 12% rise in Londoners moving to Sheffield in 2018.

But what is bringing people to the Sheffield area? Alongside a much better work-life balance, the properties in Sheffield are about 3 times cheaper than the London average. Office and business properties are also much cheaper and it is being used as an incentive to encourage employers to make the move up north.

After a decline over the past 50 years population growth is now on the rise, and with good reason!

A Tale of Two Universities

Sheffield is home to two universities, together bringing 60,000 students to the city every year. The University of Sheffield which opened in 1905 is a red-brick university famous for its world-leading research. The younger Sheffield Hallam University is one the the UK’s largest providers of health and social care courses and its alumni include people such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Nick Park CBE.

Local Economy

Sheffield is also the home of many businesses and public sector employers. With their help, Sheffield contributes £7 billion a year to the UK economy. Whilst there are still some steel specialists in the city, the universities, the NHS and government provide the most job opportunities. Some large or notable companies have property in Sheffield too, including Mondelez, Aviva, Sky and Henry Boot.

Attractions and Benefits:

Steel and Beer

Sheffield was once the steel capital of the world. Over the years it has swapped steel for locally produced craft beers, which often feature in beer and cider festivals throughout the year. Quite impressively, there are around 400 unique beers available in Sheffield on a typical day produced by one of 57 breweries in the area.

A Green City

The city’s proximity to the Peak District makes it a perfect location to undertake some outdoor activities in the countryside. Sheffield itself is also a very green city, famous for having the highest tree to person ratio in the UK!


The largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, Sheffield’s Meadowhall is located between Sheffield and Rotherham, right off the M1. As well as being easily accessible by car, it’s linked with the city’s tram system. With shops, cinema screens and a large food court, it’s very easy for shoppers to spend the whole day there.

Historic Buildings

Both the Sheffield Town Hall and Sheffield Cathedral are a must-see attraction for tourists, if only for a few moments of appreciation. Both buildings are some of the oldest standing in the city and are a nice contrast to the more modern buildings in the centre.

Perfect storage

As Sheffield grows, the demand for external storage only increases. Students that move to and from Sheffield are increasingly using storage facilities for convenience. People want to avoid carrying heavy items across the country multiple times, just for their summer break.

Encouraging businesses to move to Sheffield and grow within it means that offices may require more temporary or permanent storage space to facilitate their growth.

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