Once known for its world-leading steel industry, Sheﬃeld today is a city that has recovered from the fallout of industrial decline and is burgeoning once again. As with some of the other great northern cities — Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds — Sheﬃeld is a city that has embraced its creativity, cultural heritage, and world-class universities to drive it towards exponential growth.
As with most places in Yorkshire, Sheﬃeld has never been too shouty about what it has to oﬀer. But that makes it a hidden gem. Bands like Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys have grown out of Sheﬃeld, whilst the cities art scene is the biggest outside of London. The city is also home to some of the UK’s best bars and restaurants — particularly if you’re into your craft beer.
All of this is great, but what really makes Sheﬃeld an amazing place to move to as a teacher is the balance of low living costs, great schools and accessible transport links. The extensive redevelopment of the city since the start of the 21st century has helped the city grow by 60% since 1997. Despite these high levels of growth, house prices are 75% less than London. On a teachers salary, your standard of living will be higher in Sheﬃeld than almost any other city in the UK. The city of seven hills might not be aesthetically pleasing as London — or perhaps even Liverpool — but there are so many reasons to live in Sheﬃeld right now. As a teacher, looking beyond the veneer of other cities and moving to Sheﬃeld might just be the best move you’ll ever make.
When it comes to searching for jobs in Sheﬃeld schools, there are a lot on oﬀer. With 138 primary schools, 37 secondary schools and 12 special and alternative schools, there are positions open across the city. At the time of writing, Celsian Education currently has 54 teaching jobs in Sheﬃeld. There are also two universities — The University of Sheﬃeld and Sheﬃeld Hallam University.
Students enjoy living in Sheﬃeld too. The city has been dubbed the number 1 place for graduates to live as well as the safest big city in the UK — so it certainly has a contented youth culture. As a teacher in Sheﬃeld, you’ll be educating some of the brightest and best students in Yorkshire. And with many opportunities on oﬀer, if you are a talented teacher, you shouldn’t find it too hard to find a position that matches your culture and ambition.
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Where to live in Sheﬃeld
Once you’ve found the right school for you, you’ll want to find a place to live in Sheﬃeld. As previously mentioned, Sheﬃeld is a city that is extremely aﬀordable. In the centre of Sheﬃeld, housing is predominantly made up of flats, apartments and terraced housing. As you move out to the suburbs, semi-detached and detached housing takes over.
Whatever your housing needs, you won’t be paying a lot to live in Sheﬃeld — especially when you compare it to costs in the capital, which is on average 205% more expensive to live in.
A one bedroom flat in Sheﬃeld city centre starts at around £500 a month in rent, with a 3 bedroom property in the suburbs starts at £550. So whether you’re craving for the culture of the city centre, or you want some peace and quiet in the suburbs, your salary will stretch further than you might expect.
The good news about Sheﬃeld is that there aren’t too many areas to avoid. One of the most popular areas to live in the city is Ecclesall, which is popular not just with teachers, but most professional workers. With Ecclesall Road and the Sheﬃeld Botanical Gardens in the area, it’s a great place to bring up a family. St. Pauls, Dore and Ranmoor are also popular options worth considering.
Transport in Sheﬃeld
Housing is quite rightfully at the top of important aspects worth considering, but transport should be as well. Parking in the city centre can be a bit of a nightmare, but the same can be said for almost any major city — especially one with a metropolitan area population of 1,569,000. The public transport network is extensive, relying on buses and the Supertram —both managed by Stagecoach. A monthly season ticket for both bus and tram is £52, whilst a yearly one costs between £570 and £650 depending on where you live in the city. If you don’t fancy public transport, cycling is a great way to get about. Sheﬃeld is known for being the city of seven hills — alongside Rome — so you’ll have to be prepared for some serious leg work. There is plenty of cycle lane provision, however, which makes it a safe city to work on those leg muscles every day.
Sports and culture
Sheﬃeld is home to two of the most famous football clubs in England — Sheﬃeld United and Sheﬃeld Wednesday. Neither of them currently play in the Premier League, but both clubs are steeped in rich history. The city is also home to world’s oldest football club — Sheﬃeld FC — which will appeal to the football hipsters.
The Steel City is also home to one of the UK’s most vibrant art and culture scenes. There is certainly a lot to enjoy when it comes to creativity and art, including the Sheﬃeld Walk of Fame in the City Centre; this walkway honours famous Sheﬃeld residents in a similar way to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
There is also a thriving folk music, song and dance community. If folk music isn’t your thing, Sheﬃeld has a notable synth-pop and electronic music culture. As a unique and aesthetically interesting city, it’s no wonder Sheﬃeld has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK.
Sheﬃeld bars and restaurants
Once you’ve settled into your new Sheﬃeld home, checked out the art galleries and worked up a sweat on your bike, you’ll probably ready to check out the city’s bars and restaurants. Whether you want a quiet, romantic meal, or a bottomless vegan brunch, Sheﬃeld is a city that can please every palette. For those on a budget, this Guardian guide is a great place to start.
Craft beer is having quite the revolution in the UK, and Sheﬃeld is a big player. At the forefront of the British brewing scene, there are over 400 unique beers on oﬀer in Sheﬃeld pubs at any one time according to the Welcome to Sheﬃeld website. From rustic pubs to trendy bars, Friday night after school is always interesting in Sheﬃeld.
Yorkshire as a county is rich in diverse dialects and accents. Sheﬃeld just happens to have some of the best Yorkshire slang words. As a newcomer to the city, you’ll want to get to know a few of the words you’re likely to come across in the classroom.
There are too many to list here in full, but this guide is a good place to start to get acquainted with everything Sheﬃeld slang.
Sheﬃeld is a city that is on the up. And as a teacher, there has never been a better time to make the move. Housing is still aﬀordable, the culture is thriving, and there are plenty of openings that will allow you to thrive as a teacher. If you are interested in getting started right now, get in touch with one of our Sheﬃeld recruitment experts now.