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Settling into Sheffield was a piece of cake

What was it like to settle in to your university?

Settling into Sheffield was a piece of cake. The university provides loads of activities to help you meet people, and the people living here are very friendly and helpful. It's also pretty easy to navigate around the city.

What is the town/city like?

Sheffield is definitely a city, but it's also super green and very close to the gorgeous Peak District! It was a perfect balance of city/country life.

Why did you choose your university?

I decided to go to Sheffield because of the course they offer, but I ended up really settling into the city and I am more than happy with the choice.

What are your studying?

Master of Arts: Psychology and Education

What is the cost of living like compared to your home country?

It's definitely more expensive to live in England than it is to live in California, but I don't regret a pound that I've spent. This has been the best year of my life so far! I've learned so much from my course, my flatmates and friends, and from exploring this beautiful country.

Do you live in university accommodation or private housing?

University Accommodation - no complaints, but it is more expensive than private housing and a good half hour walk from the uni.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I wasn't studying or working, I traveled throughout the UK and also explored Sheffield and the Peak District.

Have you travelled to other parts of the UK (or other countries) during your studies?

Yes - England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

What advice would you give to a new student at your university?

You'll love Sheffield! There's a club/activity for everyone, and northerners are super friendly. The city center is neat and it has everything you'll need to buy throughout the year. The surrounding Peak District is a hiker's dream! Ecclesall Road also has fun pubs and shops worth checking out!

What was your experience like with Across the Pond? 

Across The Pond was so helpful! My advisor answered my many questions and eased any worries that I had. Across The Pond gave me the confidence to commit to a year abroad and I will always be grateful for that!

Alex  Diemer

Sheffield, University of