Teacher's guide to moving to Sheffield

Reasons to live in Sheffield - The complete guide to moving to the Steel City

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.
 

Sheffield schools

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.

If you'd like to view our current Sheffield teaching jobs, please click here.
 

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.
 

Sheffield dialect

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.

 
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