University guides confirm our position as one of the UK's leading universities. The Virgin 2008 Alternative Guide to British Universities, for instance, says that "Sheffield is a top university across the board".
Teaching quality assessments rate our teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for world-class research in many disciplines.
We have nearly 24,000 students from 124 countries, and almost 6000 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.
Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. International partnerships include Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe and China) and our partnership with Leeds and York Universities (the White Rose Consortium) has combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.
The University's history stretches back to 1828, when the Sheffield School of Medicine was founded, and our University Charter was granted in 1905.
The University holds charitable status as an Exempt Charity. The benefits include tax savings to both the University and to charitable donors or their estates.
Sheffield is an exciting place to spend your student years. It's big enough to have everything - clubs, café bars, shops, sports facilities, restaurants - but it's small enough to let you stay in touch easily with your friends.
You're never far from anything - the University, the city centre, University accommodation, or other accommodation where your friends live.
City size, village atmosphere
We have all the amenities and attractions of a major city but the atmosphere is friendly. Sheffield has been called "the biggest village in England". Crime figures show we're also one of the safest major cities in the UK.
You'll find everything you need right here, but if you fancy getting away for the weekend you can be in Leeds or Manchester by train in about an hour, and in London in just over two hours.
The UK's top Students' Union
When you become a student you are automatically a member of the Union. Sheffield Union is often recognised as the best Students' Union in the UK.
The Union is run by students for students and is at the heart of student life. As you'd expect, it provides a packed programme of gigs, clubs, films and much more. There are over 300 different clubs and societies to get involved with, so you'll never be short of something to do.
We're rated 5/5 for both social life and entertainment in Virgin's 2008 Alternative Guide to Higher Education, and that's due in part to the quality of life in the city for students.
Sheffield's club life is legendary. Its reputation as a live music venue, attracting the best new indie bands, and the biggest international acts, is well documented. While the list of new bars and restaurants is constantly expanding, a rich tradition of great pubs survives.
Designated the first National City of Sport, Sheffield regularly hosts international events and offers world-class sporting facilities.
U Sport at the University offers something for everyone, whether you want to compete at club level, join a gym or play sport just for fun.
The Peak District National Park, one of the most spectacular areas of natural beauty in the country, borders Sheffield and is only minutes away by car or bus. Perfect for walkers, mountain-bikers, climbers and anyone who loves the outdoors.
Film, theatre, shopping and more
Sheffield boasts two award-winning theatres, art galleries and the largest independent cinema outside London.
We're totally spoiled for shopping too. There are the usual high street stores in the city, the sprawling shopping centre Meadowhall or, if you're into independent labels and something a bit different, there are many boutiques to browse round.
Find out for yourself
Don't forget the University holds Open Days, giving you the chance to experience Sheffield for yourself.
There are tours of the campus and accommodation throughout the year, and you can sign up for talks about the University and the courses you are interested in.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Sheffield!