In my opinion, overall, Sheffield is a great city for university students. In terms of nightlife, the best place I would recommend is Carver Street. There they have nightclubs like Crystal bar, Paris and Pop world. For any freshers, I would also recommend buying tickets for the 'carver street block party' as it usually ends up being a good night out. Just bear in mind that the clubs normally ends up being rammed with people during freshers, so if a low-key night out is what you like, this event probably won't be for you. As far as 'Things to do' goes, there's obviously Meadowhall, which is probably the most popular destination for food and shopping. I'd recommend taking the train or tram from the city centre for a cheap ticket to get there. The tram also stops at a place called 'Valley Centertainment', which is basically leisure and entertainment complex that has places to eat, bowling, a cinema and mini golf. For general everyday shopping, there's the city centre and The Moor. The Moor also has a market, which sells anything from fruit and veg to African hair products, which has definitely proven beneficial to me. My only critique of Sheffield as a uni student would be that it was a bit difficult for me to get my bearings around the transport side of things i.e. buses, but then again- I guess that's what Uber is for.