A Day Out in Sheffield for Students During Summer

Students have the longest summers, yet the least amount of spare money to spend during them. If you aren’t off on holiday, it’s time spend the small amount of student loan you have left making the most of the fabulous cities this country has to offer. So instead of sitting home with next year’s reading list, gather some friends, hop on the train and take a budget trip to Sheffield. We’ve got plenty of suggestions for cheap things to do while you’re there!


One of our favourite sights in Sheffield is the Town Hall, opened in 1897 after plenty of planning to ensure it’s impressive, this venue is free to enter. This is a great place to visit for anyone who’s in to architecture, but even if not there are often fairs and free events hosted here, so keep your eye out to find out what’s on before visiting.

The spectacular Sheffield Cathedral is the perfect stop for art and history lovers alike, since this is one of the oldest buildings in Sheffield, made using stones from the 11th Century. There are plenty of captivating things to see here, with every stained-glass window and Tudor monument sharing their own story.

Visit Maranello's Italian in Sheffield

Food recommendations

Sheffield is filled with tempting places to eat, so make this part of your trip and enjoy the experience. The buzzing Ecclesall Road is a hub for foodies and a sight in itself, so if you decide to head here we definitely recommend Maranello’s for tasty Italian food. Book through Go dine and get 10% off your bill, a great way to save money and keep your day out as low cost as possible.

If you don’t fancy Italian, try some tempting tapas at Cubana. Perfect for sharing with friends, grab a few plates and tuck in. Pop by during Tapas Happy Hour and enjoy two dishes for £6.95, the perfect summer lunch on a budget.

Check out our offers page before you leave to ensure you’re getting the best deal on your grub, saving you loads of money so you can afford to shop while you’re there!


If you can’t resist a bit of shopping on your trip, Sheffield has lots to tempt you with. For high street shops, the popular Meadowhall shopping centre is full of plenty of places you’re sure to recognise.

That being said, we prefer to avoid this massive shopping centre and head to the streets of Sheffield for smaller, independent stores. Fargate is a nice choice if the weather’s nice, with plenty of smaller shops filled with gems you won’t find elsewhere alongside the odd high-street store, great if you’re with a group and want a bit of everything.

The picturesque Devonshire Street is also a lovely place to wander before heading to The Forum, filled with independent shops including skate shops and trendy clothing stores.

Go shopping in Fargate


Sheffield boasts a whole range of beautiful greenery, perfect if you want something to do for free. The popular Botanical Gardens are truly breathtaking, with plenty of different areas so you can wander around and relax. If you’re in Sheffield on a warm day, a trip here really shouldn’t be missed.

Of course, this is England, so even in the summer time there’s the chance of rain. If you arrive and it’s raining, there’s no need to panic, just find shelter in the beautiful Winter Gardens for a completely different take on a park, still free of charge.

If you’re a frequent visitor of Sheffield, let us know what you love to do here on a summer’s day in the comments. For a full list of our favourite restaurants to compliment any trip to Sheffield, click here.

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