Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Worrying About Money For Living in Sheffield?

Hello everyone,

My name is Claire. I am the International Office Ambassador of Taiwan. If you are considering the money problem for you to study in Sheffield. This may be helpful for you.

This is all from my personal experience living in Sheffield. First of all, the
consumption level in Sheffield is relatively low in UK. Therefore, it can save you a lot of money from the living expenditure.

Also, there are some places which offer a really cheap price to buy the food to cook by yourself.

Castle Market

You can buy a lot of food in a very cheap price here!! And it’s just in the City center!

A lot of fresh vegetable and fruits.

You can also but some meat which you can’t find in Tesco.


This also a place for you to buy something at a lower price.

You can even find some fresh seafood here which is also relatively cheaper than other place!!
Both of these are my secret places to buy food for my daily meal. And also, Tesco is very convenient for student to buy the things they need as well.  : )

Want to know why I chose Sheffield?

Hello everyone

My name is Claire. I am the International Office Ambassador of Taiwan. I am here studying for my master program which is Creative and Cultural Industries Management. The course here is very interesting. Sometimes we go to the theatre together to watch Shakespeare as a field trip. The staff and professors here are also very friendly. They held the Christmas party for students and taught us about the meaning of Christmas and how British people celebrate Christmas.

Here's a picture of some mincepies - a traditional food we all tried at the party!
Personally, I think the best thing about the life at the University of Sheffield is the learning environment here. Generally speaking, this is a really friendly city for students, and also a lot of research sources are accessible for students very easily. Moreover, Sheffield is a really beautiful city. Here are some pictures that I took.

Managing Your Finance as an International Student @ The University of Sheffield

Hi everyone it’s me again! In this post I am going to share with you my views on the subject of money from an international student’s perspective and in doing so I hope to answer any queries that you might have in mind. For many of you, it will most likely be the first time that you will be spending an extended period of time, away from home. You will have to take up the responsibility of managing your finance independently and be discipline with your expenditure and this could be a daunting prospect for many of you. Fret not, for Sheffield is one of the cheapest cities in the UK to study in!

The UKBA estimates that students studying outside inner London will need to spend £800 per month on maintenance, which might seem a lot. ( However, I personally do not spend as much in a month. Let me give you a rough breakdown of my monthly expenditure. My expenditure in a “typical month” is as follows:

Rent + Utilities Bill: £320
Living Expenses (including groceries, eating out, general shopping): £300
Total:  £620

I usually prepare my own meals and will eat out only occasionally. A typical meal at the Pub will cost around £6.00 but you can get 2-for-1 deals at several pubs, which is great on your budget! Besides, there is student discount on certain bus routes and at a wide range of shops and restaurants and that has certainly helped me in saving money. For e.g. a bus ride with Stage Coach bus costs £1 for students.

For those of all you that would to like work part-time, there are ample opportunities to do so. The University runs a Job Shop where students can drop-in and enquire about part time job vacancies. Besides, the University also has an online job vacancies search site where students can use to filter to search for specific jobs that they are interested in. It is important to note that international students can only work 20 hours a week during term.

With discipline and sound planning, you won’t have to worry much about going out of control with your money!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Hi and welcome to our blog!

Hello everyone, I am Ming-Te, International Office Ambassador for Taiwan for academic year 2013 – 2014. If you are reading the blog, chances are you are one of the many prospective international students nervously scrolling through website after website, trying to process all the information and decide which university you are going to apply to. Well, I am going to share with you my reasons for choosing The University of Sheffield and I hope that after reading this blog post, you will do the same too!

So, Why Sheffield? I chose to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield because of the high quality of its teaching and research and also the lifestyle that Sheffield as a city can offer.

The University of Sheffield medical school has a good reputation internationally, in both the QS and THE (Time’s Higher Education) world university subject ranking for medicine/preclinical/clinical health, Sheffield is ranked within the top 100 in the world! The lecturers at the medical school are all experts in their specialty of practice/field of research and so far the lectures I’ve received have all been of all high quality. When I was looking at the course structure at Sheffield, I was particularly attracted by the Patient-centered approach that the medical school has adopted. Besides, the delivery of teaching is an integration of traditional didactic lectures and problem-based learning, which allows students to build a solid foundation of knowledge and at the same time acquire key skills. Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS foundation trust, the clinical partner of the medical school at Sheffield University, offers excellent clinical teaching and experience for medical students at Sheffield as well. The trust has been awarded the title “Hospital Trust of the Year” in the Good Hospital Guide three times in five years serves just over 1 million patients each year.

  • Academic things aside, Sheffield as a city offer the best of combination of city living experience and the beauty of the countryside. 
  • Sheffield is the third largest English cities and at the same time, is also one of the greenest and safest. 
  • It also has lower cost of living than most other major cities. The low cost of living however, does not mean that your experience will be compromised. 
  • Sheffield offers an excellent selection of restaurants, museums, theatres (The Crucible, Lyceum), shopping areas (Meadowhall) and cinemas! If I am tired of my university work and would like to take a break, I can just hop on a bus and will be in the scenic Peak District in about 20 minutes! I can take walk or cycle in the beautiful Derwent Valley and recharge my battery.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Orientation Week - A Lovely Start!

Hello again!

Perhaps you guys are preparing for the trip to Sheffield now, and probably have your own ideas of how to explore this lovely city.  I would like to recommend the International Orientation week for freshmen and new postgrads! That week was extraordinarily good for me!
A busy schedule for orientation week!
Although currently I am not a resident in the University accommodation, my experience with it was great! I lived in the Endcliffe during the orientation week, which includes in the cost accommodation if you are on the residential programme (for more details/to book please follow this link).  After a long trip travelling from Taiwan to the UK, Endcliff was truly a remarkable place to live in!
Orientation week was fantastic! It allowed me to have a look around the city (and see the people here) before starting my course.

St George's Church - a former church used for lectures and postgraduate accommodation
In Sheffield town centre, on Fargare
I thought that the visit to Chatsworth House was the most impressive part of the week. Chatsworth is a famous building which has featured in many period dramas and films.

People looking out of the famous Chatsworth House at the beautiful view

Another room in Chatsworth is really impressive!

At the end of the week, we even had a sumptuous formal dinner.

So, what are you waiting for?! Book yourself a place on the Orientation Week you would like to learn more about the city and make new friends before Intro Week begins. More information, including how to book, can be found here:

This article was written by Yu-Hsuan Sun.

The Taiwan International Office Ambassadors will be out of the office for the summer period. Any questions you have may be emailed instead to the Taiwan team at:

Friday, 10 May 2013

Pot Luck Lunch is awesome!

Last Wednesday, The International Office held a gathering of its International Office Ambassadors, like me, for lunch. People brought their traditional cuisines from their countries to the lunch and shared with others, introducing the ingredients and the name of the food in their language.

I really enjoyed having those delicious foods and was pretty sure that day was the day my stomach finally felt satisfied! Cuisines from Middle East are marvelously delicious and have really beautiful looks. Too bad that I cannot spell those names or say them! But still, as an Asian, I have taken some pictures of them!
Super delicious cuisine from Middle East!
Elegant and delicious Sushi from Japan!

Although Taiwan has been selected as the representive of gluttony in the a recent CNN travel article, I am not a qualified cook (but a glutton for sure!). Originally I plan to make Steamed cake (發糕), a classic traditional dessert served in Taiwan. Unfortunately I didn't successfully make steamed cake, but luckily I have a photo of its completed version showing to other people the way it should be like. That's why I only post the completed version of it in the following; I don't want to embarrass my people!

Steamed cake from Taiwan

Anyway, Bon appetit!

Written by Yu-Hsuan Sun, International Office Ambassador for Taiwan
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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Introducing Sun - International Office Ambassador for Taiwan

I've finally set up this blog and would like to introduce myself.

Hello, my dear readers! I am Sun, a student of MA Translational Neuroscience who is fascinated by the misery of mind and brain! I'm a student from Taiwan, and a student in Sheffield. This blog is set up for sharing my adventures in Sheffield, and my life at the University of Sheffield. It won’t be as extraordinary as the blog of Dr. John Watson in Sherlock (a BBC One series), but I can guarantee pictures of foods, foods, and foods! Well...perhaps also a little bit of scenery pictures, such as hills, hills, and the University (haha, did I get you?)

I work as an International Office Ambassador as well as being a student here, so please feel free to contact me at I would love to answer your questions about Sheffield and look forward to hearing from you.

See you next time!

Article written by Yu-Hsuan Sun. Email: