Shopping for books in Sheffield

With the closure of the infamous ‘Rare and Racy’ of Devonshire Street in 2017, Sheffield students and locals have been forced to search elsewhere for out-of-print material and second-hand bargains. At the same time, this closure served to highlight the threat to Independent Sheffield. With city planning evolving every year, this threat becomes ever more real. Below is a specially selected array of independent books shops across Sheffield’s city centre and outer districts – be sure to check them out, support local businesses, and find some diamonds in the rough.

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Discovering green spaces in the city of Sheffield

In 2017, Sheffield was named the UK’s 6thgreenest city, with 22.1% of its landscape comprised of green space. So, if you’re a country guy or gal missing nature whilst at University here or you just enjoy a walk around the hinterland on a Sunday, you won’t be disappointed.

Here is my guide to Sheffield’s green spaces, from city centre spots to roam in between errands, to the relics of the Peak District.

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Sheffield, a city of art

Always in competition with its fellow Northern cities such as Leeds and Liverpool, aswell as the capital, Sheffield is often overshadowed in the art world by the likes of the Tate and the V&A. However, the Sheffield art scene presents a refreshing change; the institution and politics of art is replaced with the affordable and accessible. The city has an eclectic mix of both amateur and professional artists, past and present, including the likes of John Ruskin and Pete McKee, lending nicely to a vast array of galleries. So, if it’s anything from performance-based art to the fine arts you’re looking for, Sheffield has it all, on a unique and unpretentious level. Continue reading

The ultimate guide to study spaces

As semester one looms towards its inevitable end, the work stacks up. Deadlines and exams create a black cloud over our January. One of the biggest struggles, aside from the writer’s block and revision fatigue, is finding a place to work in the library. Something that I have found very important during my time at the University is finding a place that suits you best.

Below, I have combined mine and some of my peers’ experiences in order to create the ultimate guide to study spaces at the University of Sheffield. So, if this is your first semester here and you’re stuck for choice, or you’ve got into a rut and want somewhere new to spark some inspiration, then read on! Continue reading

Exploring Kelham Island

Formerly the heart and soul of Sheffield’s industry, Kelham Island housed mills that served water wheels, powering workshops during the cities industrial prime. Decades later, the mills, steel works and warehouses provide the most appropriate cultural and historical setting to one of the liveliest and hippest of the eleven quarters of Sheffield. From the effervescent Yellow Arch Studios to the cosiest of pubs, The Fat Cat, there is something for everyone and anyone.

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