The key differences between Uni Of and Hallam
The rivalry is bigger than just varsity
In life there are inherent conflicts. Good vs evil. Manchester United vs Manchester City. People's legs vs Sheffield's hills.
But none are as big as the apparent rivalry between the universities in a city, and in Sheffield the rivalry between University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam is no different. Are you a poly? Are you a c***? Does your Dad work for my Dad? Do you even care?
Well, to settle the differences once and for all, a student from Hallam and a student from Uni Of wrote about what it's really like to go to their respective universities, on the topics that matter.
There is a general feeling that people who go to Hallam failed their A levels and applied as a last resort, and, speaking from personal experience, this is true. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Hallam has a 93 per cent graduate employability rate after six months of graduation, is in the top five UK universities for research quality, and, above all, Mr Scruff graduated from Hallam. The facts speak for themselves really.
In case you didn't know, Uni Of is number one for student experience. It has the best Students' Union in the country with a range of societies, club nights and opportunities that most other SUs can only dream of. Perhaps most importantly, it has John's Van. Ranked second for community atmosphere and joint third for social life, life at Uni Of goes far beyond academic aspects, delivering results and a top quality student experience at the same time.
Like its students, Uni Of buildings are a mixed bag. Some definitely impress – the SU is nice, an old church doubles as a lecture theatre, and there's also Arts Tower, aka the largest cheese grater ever. However, it has to be said other UoS infrastructure is worse than anything Hallam offers. The views of the Information Commons don’t make up for it being an overcrowded furnace, and the less said about a certain £81 million vanity project the better.
Our library is called Adsetts Centre, but is colloquially known as ‘the library’. We call it the library because it is a library. None of this ‘Information Commons’ nonsense. A spade is a spade. There is a building on Charles Street – it is called Charles Street. And to top it all off, inside Owen building there is a café called ‘Chef Hallam’. That is the greatest pun in the world.
Truth be told, pre-drinks at Uni Of don't differ too much from at Hallam. More people will probably fail to make it out, although you'll almost certainly be subjected to less Tom Zanetti tunes, so it all evens out.
The good thing about pre-drinks is that they are universal. Pre-drinks don’t discriminate, they’re for everyone, regardless of university, class, or opinion on Brexit. Anyone can enjoy watching their mate get far too drunk, insist they’ll still make it out, and then not make it out. They are a staple of culture. They’re what keeps the world turning. They’re the reason supermarkets make money on 17p bottles of Lemonade.
Hallam is the seventh largest university in the UK with over 30,000 students, and they have to be housed somewhere. The locations of our accommodation buildings are perfect. Central Quay is on the doorstep of Kelham Island, Exchange Works sits right in the heart of the city, and Leadmill Point is so close to Leadmill you can smell the skinny jeans. It's pretty well priced too, so you'll still have enough money for a blue pint or two at Corp.
It would be a lie to say that Uni Of accommodation for freshers is cheap. However, we all end up missing the memories and mistakes that are made in Endcliffe – or Ranmoor if you drew the short straw – in first year. Beyond that, Uni Of students go on to live everywhere from Crookes to Crookesmoor, from Broomhill to Eccy Road, all of which provide a true taste of Sheffield life while very much remaining student friendly.
There's the stereotype that Uni Of students have less fun and less good nights out than Hallam students, which is completely untrue. Foundry is actually in the Students' Union and literally offers a club night for everyone, whether you like Kasabian (Flux), Kylie (Pop Tarts), Kenny Ken (Tuesday Club) or ket (Roar). Not only do Uni Of students drink their body weight in VKs every week, they genuinely love the music and good vibes on offer.
University of Sheffield has Tuesday Club, Roar, and Pop Tarts. We have Hallamnation. Fair play, you’ve got us on that one guys.