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The Sheffield College

The Sheffield College

The Sheffield College


The Sheffield College We are one of the largest further education colleges in the UK offering an exciting choice of English and many other full-time academic and vocational courses for international students. We also offer university-level courses in a variety of fields. Every year, hundreds of students from over 40 countries study with us choosing from our huge range of courses on offer. We have a strong and trustworthy reputation. We have a great network of host families who welcome international students into their homes every year.

Why choose Sheffield?

Sheffield is South Yorkshire's capital, where the city meets the Peak District - our National Park. Sheffield is a great place to explore the great outdoors and is the greenest city in the UK; offering breathtaking views and fantastic opportunities for cycling, walking, and wildlife watching.

Fantastic value for money, Sheffield is rated by the national newspapers as the UK's hidden gem and best value break for a getaway. The city is renowned for its fantastic array of restaurants and eateries; from cozy Italians, burrito stalls, imaginative burger joints, quirky cafes, delicatessen bakeries, Turkish grills, and Far Eastern cuisine.

Sheffield has a rich cultural heritage, from music and theatre to crafts and cutlery. Catch live music at iconic venues such as The Leadmill, or check out some rising stars at local venues and our very own music festival, Tramlines. There's always something to watch at Showroom, Sheffield's independent cinema, or catch a play at Sheffield Theatres. There are also living history museums, art galleries, craft fairs, and industrial workshops to enjoy as well!

One of the things we're most famous for here in Sheffield is our sporting excellence. We've got two huge football teams - Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday - plus we've nurtured some of the UK's best sporting talent; including heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill; golf champion Danny Willet and Premiership footballer Kyle Walker.

Sheffield is brilliantly located for visiting other cities across the UK, with Manchester, Leeds, York, and Nottingham all within an hour's drive; and major cities such as London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow easily accessible via train.

Why Study English at Sheffield College?

In the International English Department, You'll Have the Opportunity to Broaden Your Mind, Increase Your Knowledge of World Cultures, and Share a Vast Array of Global Experiences, at The Same Time Improving Your English Language Skills and Preparing for The Future.

In Class, There's a Chance that You'll Be Working and Learning Alongside Students of All Ages, from Different Continents, and With Different Backgrounds, Specialities, and Objectives. You Might, for Example, Find Yourself in A Class with Doctors, Footballers, Lawyers, High School or University Students, Chefs, Teachers, Pharmacists, Engineers, Mechanics or Those Who Are Still Considering Their Next Steps.

If You Enjoy Meeting People from All Walks of Life and From All Over the World, Our International English Department Is Definitely for You. We Have New Students Starting Almost Every Week Throughout the Year, Which Means Plenty of Opportunities to Make New Friends.

Student Testimonials

Why study at The Sheffield College

At Sheffield College, we're proud of our strong relationships with international students and schools from around the world.

Our teaching staff all have a wealth of experience both as academics and from working in their industries, so you can feel confident that you're always being taught the most relevant information for your chosen subject.

Each of our four campuses has its own unique identity and feel, but one thing that is common across all of our sites is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that Sheffield is famous for.

Sheffield is home to over 60,000 students and many of them maintain a connection with the city for life, something that we hope will be true for our international students as well!

Campus Life & Facilities

At Sheffield College, we work to ensure that every student's stay is as rewarding and enjoyable as possible - that includes being in accommodation that is comfortable, enjoyable, and safe.

Where Can I Stay?

Whilst you are studying in Sheffield, you can choose from a variety of accommodation styles to find the one that suits you best. Typically, these arrangements are either a homestay with a local household or privately rented student accommodation.

Staying with a Host Family

Most of our International students choose to stay with a local family - known as a homestay - when they first come to Sheffield, as this allows them to learn more about the city and the British way of life, as well as a chance to practice their English.

Students opting for homestay accommodation will have their bedroom, and will sometimes share a bathroom with the host family.

When living in homestay accommodation there are two options available:

Half Board (£160 per week)

  • Bed
  • Breakfast
  • Evening meal
  • All meals at weekends

Full Board (£180 per week)

  • Bed
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (usually a packed lunch you will take with you to college)
  • Evening meal
  • All meals at weekends

Sheffield College meets all host families before students move in and inform them what is expected of them when hosting a student.

The International Office will arrange homestay accommodation for you before you arrive in Sheffield. You must fill in an accommodation form when you apply for a course and send it to the International Office.

Rented Accommodation

If homestay accommodation isn't for you, there are many independent living options available to students (not suitable for students under the age of 18).

  • Self-Catering Student Accommodation
  • Student Halls of Residence

In this type of accommodation, students normally rent a room in a shared house or flat, with communal kitchen/bathroom areas, and you will be expected to arrange your meals/food. You can rent directly from a private landlord, or through a student accommodation agency.

There are numerous student accommodation agencies in Sheffield (such as Unite Students) with accommodation in various locations across the city.

Please note:

  • If you decide to rent privately (whether through a landlord or an agency) you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your accommodation during your stay in Sheffield
  • Contracts to stay in rented accommodation are normally a minimum of six months, or more commonly for the whole of the academic year (10 months)
  • You may be required to pay a deposit/rent upfront to secure your accommodation


  • Sheffield

    City Campus, Granville Road, S2 2RL, Sheffield