The northern English city of Sheffield was once the heart of the world's steel revolution and as such still carries the nickname "The Steel City". The proud industrial heritage of 'Sheffield steel' still chimes with the local community today – it was here that stainless was invented a century ago – and the industry continues to be important for the city. However, expats living in Sheffield will find the modern economy dynamic, the city having been declared an enterprise zone in 2011 and having seen some of the best growth in the UK since then. On arrival, there's plenty for expats in Sheffield to see, with the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield's largest art gallery, well worth a visit, and great shopping districts in Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. The city's Winter Garden is another sight that newly arrived expatriates living in Sheffield shouldn't miss. This architecturally striking temperate conservatory in the city center brings an exotic tincture to this welcoming northern city.
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As is true of many British industrial cities, expatriates moving to Sheffield will find the city busily reinventing itself to fit in with the UK's modern, post-industrial economy. A number of large building projects have helped to achieve this, although the city's central Peace Gardens and historical buildings are still firm favorites with many. For hints and tips on expatriation itself, expats moving to Sheffield should find browsing our InterNations website useful. You can read through the accounts of other InterNations members on their own expat experiences and perhaps even get in touch with other expats living in Sheffield before, or soon after, arrival. Organizing a meet-up, which you can do easily using our discussion groups and private messages, to find other expatriates in Sheffield is one of the best ways to land on your feet in the city – although the Yorkshire city is famously friendly, anyway.
On arrival in the city, you will naturally find yourself wondering about working life. InterNations has a good supply of advice on the general ins and outs of expatriation and working abroad, with topics like expat finance and working abroad covered in our Expat Magazine and various, more personal articles by InterNations members on our website. In fact, Yorkshire is a famously welcoming county and you should find it easy to adjust to life as an expatriate working in Sheffield. There is the small matter of the weather – however, simply think of it, as a salesman might say, as less as a challenge and more as an opportunity to purchase a luxury umbrella. The Botanical Gardens are a great thing to do on the more thoroughly moist days, and expats working in Sheffield will find an endless supply of friendly traditional pubs to have a local pint in.