Favourite Things: Students at the heart of ‘diverse and exciting’ city

Sheffield University Students' Union president Christy McMorrow
Sheffield University Students' Union president Christy McMorrow

Christy McMorrow, aged 21, is the president of Sheffield University Students’ Union. Having studied politics and philosophy for the previous three years, Christy, who grew up in Derby, was elected to represent the students of the university in March. He spent much of his time as a student campaigning on issues such as student debt and the Living Wage, and now oversees the running of the Students’ Union, as well as lobbying the university on behalf of students. He lives in Crookes with friends.

Whiteley Woods Trail

At the far end of Endcliffe Park from the city centre is the Whiteley Woods trail that leads out into the Peak District. I came across this when spontaneously deciding to go for a walk in my first year as a student. The trail alongside the small brook in the woods, which is already reached through some of the greenest and prettiest park space I know, is an incredibly nice way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Continuing all the way up to Forge Dam can offer a nice end point to the walk also, although I have previously learned to remember the length of the journey back.

the Students’ Union

Naturally, my favourite spot in the city is the University of Sheffield Students’ Union. Always brimming with the energy of activists organising their next campaign and student societies running events, the building is one of the most diverse and exciting places to be. We also value enormously what our students do out in the city with volunteering and charity work. If you think there’s something you know that students could engage with, there’s bound to be someone in the SU excited by it. And anyone can pop in too, with our great services catering to many needs.

The Grapes

Tucked away on Trippet Lane is one of my favourite pubs, The Grapes. Although a one-time gig venue of the Arctic Monkeys, it is now the resident bar of Sheffield’s Irish community. Though a generally popular pub at the weekend, trips on a Monday or Tuesday are one of my favourite pastimes, as these nights have a community sing-song. The Grapes has a character that isn’t common to many pubs these days and its quaintness is notable by the entire room dedicated to pictures and news articles of John F Kennedy.

Falafel King

On Glossop Road is one of my favourite spots for lunch, Falafel King, specialising in falafel and other Egyptian cuisine. It’s an excellent choice for anyone looking for a vegan or vegetarian lunch option, and also has meat options too. The staff are some of the friendliest I know. Next time you’re nearby, make sure to get one of their signature falafel and houmous wraps!

Bolehill Park

I live right next to Bolehill Park and I can honestly say it offers some of the most stunning views in Sheffield. From the benches at the top of the park, one can see look over Stannington, Hillsborough and Rivelin Valley due to the steep hill the park is built on. But best of all, the view extends far out into the Peak District. It’s a great place to go for a run (although the hill is a challenge) or go for a walk through the wooded area towards the valley at the bottom.

Union St

Tucked away between Arundel Gate and Furnival Gate is Union Street, a set of offices and meeting spaces rented out to social enterprises and the self-employed. This is a fantastic resource for organisations within our city trying to do their bit for a better society. I have been there on a couple of occasions and have found the whole building to be buzzing with energy and with material about great organisations easy to find.

The Harley

On Glossop Road, just behind our Students’ Union building, is everyone’s favourite burger restaurant-come-nightclub, The Harley. The Twisted Burger Company’s wide array of burgers and sides (catering to veggies as well as meat-lovers) is fantastic, as is the venue’s fabulous range of gigs and DJ nights that offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for new bands to get into, there really is no better place than the Harley, and the atmosphere of the committed clientele is always positive and fun. It even has hotel rooms above!

London Road restaurants

London Road should be, in my opinion, the top of anyone’s list when deciding where to eat in Sheffield, with the range of restaurants truly representing the diversity and energy of the city. Whether you’re hungry for Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Greek, Italian or any number of other tastes there is pretty much guaranteed to be good quality food available. My personal favourite is Urban Choola, a little Indian joint that serves a fantastic thali (a selection of different curries).