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I'm going to Sheffield at the end of the month and the unis permits are 125£ for the year. 

 

I've seen suggestions from students and locals about parking on street in unrestricted zones, and by the looks of it on google map, there seems to be a lot of it near the endcliffe accommodations.

Is this a viable option for parking?

 

I'm going to be using the car to get to and from my house and not for going to lectures, so it will only be used once a week for the odd event or going home for weekend e.t.c. , so don't mind if I need to walk , say, 30 mins to get to the car.

Can anyone recommend any streets or places to park.

 

I've attached pictures of;

1.) right outside the accommodation (on-street) busy, but looks unrestricted

2.) one street away, still busy but looks unrestricted 

3.)  about 2 streets away, again, looks unrestricted, but empty

 

Can anyone advise whether or not I COULD park there, or if there would be better locations. 

thanks for any input. 

 

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The options you picked I think are all just outside the zones,. but if not (and zones always expanding as uni/hosp staff move further outside the zones, so they expand them)... you can easily just move a bit further out since you don't need it on your doorstep.

 

If it was every day use, then it would be impractical, but for rare use, you won't have any issues, and not much car crimes around there. I'd just make sure you wash it every week, as it's mostly tree lined area, and a scruffy car might catch attention from potential car thieves.

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24 minutes ago, *_ash_* said:

The options you picked I think are all just outside the zones,. but if not (and zones always expanding as uni/hosp staff move further outside the zones, so they expand them)... you can easily just move a bit further out since you don't need it on your doorstep.

 

If it was every day use, then it would be impractical, but for rare use, you won't have any issues, and not much car crimes around there. I'd just make sure you wash it every week, as it's mostly tree lined area, and a scruffy car might catch attention from potential car thieves.

Can I ask, what do you mean by "zones"? as in Uni owned property?

Is it a practical idea? I mean, I don't want to get up there with a car, and well, have no where to put it.

 

Once I get up there, and I'm used to the area, I'm sure it will be fine (Just like I know all the places to park near my house, college e,t,c) , its just moving to an area I don't know very well and not knowing what the streets are like. 

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7 hours ago, Unnamedstudent said:

Can I ask, what do you mean by "zones"? as in Uni owned property?

Is it a practical idea? I mean, I don't want to get up there with a car, and well, have no where to put it.

 

Once I get up there, and I'm used to the area, I'm sure it will be fine (Just like I know all the places to park near my house, college e,t,c) , its just moving to an area I don't know very well and not knowing what the streets are like. 

I think ash means areas of restricted parking closer to the uni/hospitals/city centre. You could park on the roads shown but despite what ash says, there is car crime in that area. I live locally and have seen the evidence of this early in the morning on several occasions. Personally I would prefer to pay to have my car on campus with cctv and security staff than unattended for long periods on a side street. It’s not difficult to identify parked cars in the area that are likely to belong to students and no doubt these are a target.

 

 

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4 hours ago, redruby said:

I think ash means areas of restricted parking closer to the uni/hospitals/city centre. You could park on the roads shown but despite what ash says, there is car crime in that area. I live locally and have seen the evidence of this early in the morning on several occasions. Personally I would prefer to pay to have my car on campus with cctv and security staff than unattended for long periods on a side street. It’s not difficult to identify parked cars in the area that are likely to belong to students and no doubt these are a target.

 

 

I mean, its not a great car, its 15 years old, and its got its MOT next week, so it might not even make it.  I don't leave anything in it anyway. Not to sound like i don't care about the car, but if someone smashes a window, my insurance covers that without affecting my premiums or no claims. (IK this from experience, although it was a car, not a break in).

And it would be no different than to where its parked now. a street away, with no CCTV.

I think I would be willing to "risk" it. Maybe park it next a nicer cars, so mine wont get nicked (thats a joke...) 

It would probs be used more than once a week, its just the bus network in sheffield looks decent.  (just not daily)

 

1 hour ago, bluecanary said:

You might want to consider the financial implications of running a car if you are only planning to use it once a week. Surely the insurance/road tax/maintenance/fuel costs would more than cover your train tickets home?

As for this;

I've done some research;

The Coach from where I live

8Hrs with 2 changes (sometimes 1) costing about £30 each way (sometimes cheaper, sometimes more expensive) Discounts can't be used on the cheapest fare, so a coachcard wouldn't help.

 

 

The train

Costs £40 ish pounds each way with a rail card, takes 4-5hours and have to use those exact  times 

https://gyazo.com/6ca47f7a061711ac840df5865bd4db8c

 

 

Car

Haven't driven to Sheffield before, but did a similar trip up North

Took about 1 tank of fuel, as its a small tank, it cost about £35 (during the trip I drove about 450 miles with only one £10 top up on fuel) 

 

So the cost of the actual transport is about the same. 

however, the car takes about 3.5Hrs if I'm lucky and it allows me to be more flexible. 

 

 

As for insurance, I need to pay that till April anyway (1 year contract and I want to gain 1 years no claims so, in the long run, my premiums are a lot cheaper)

 

 

Also side note, I plan to do a lot of climbing/kayaking in the peak district and so a car would be useful for that. 

 

 

Essentially I need to keep the car till April anyway

after that,  if I don't use it then who would I insure on the car and what would happen if I needed to use it on a one off occasion?

I'm hoping that in April, my premiums will go down a lot, making it not a huge factor in transport.

 

 

(Right now I'm paying £80 without a black box. I hope this can go down to <£50 /month after April )

 

I could seriously look into the train, but I think all in all, its almost the same price.

 

(What would make it not the same price, is buying a parking permit...) 

 

 

And just to add

https://gyazo.com/5fe38047539d3fc659c9617013c9f734

South Yorkshire and South wales car crime is about the same... 

 

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38 minutes ago, Unnamedstudent said:

I mean, its not a great car, its 15 years old, and its got its MOT next week, so it might not even make it.  I don't leave anything in it anyway. Not to sound like i don't care about the car, but if someone smashes a window, my insurance covers that without affecting my premiums or no claims. (IK this from experience, although it was a car, not a break in).

And it would be no different than to where its parked now. a street away, with no CCTV.

I think I would be willing to "risk" it. Maybe park it next a nicer cars, so mine wont get nicked (thats a joke...) 

It would probs be used more than once a week, its just the bus network in sheffield looks decent.  (just not daily)

 

As for this;

I've done some research;

The Coach from where I live

8Hrs with 2 changes (sometimes 1) costing about £30 each way (sometimes cheaper, sometimes more expensive) Discounts can't be used on the cheapest fare, so a coachcard wouldn't help.

 

 

The train

Costs £40 ish pounds each way with a rail card, takes 4-5hours and have to use those exact  times 

https://gyazo.com/6ca47f7a061711ac840df5865bd4db8c

 

 

Car

Haven't driven to Sheffield before, but did a similar trip up North

Took about 1 tank of fuel, as its a small tank, it cost about £35 (during the trip I drove about 450 miles with only one £10 top up on fuel) 

 

So the cost of the actual transport is about the same. 

however, the car takes about 3.5Hrs if I'm lucky and it allows me to be more flexible. 

 

 

As for insurance, I need to pay that till April anyway (1 year contract and I want to gain 1 years no claims so, in the long run, my premiums are a lot cheaper)

 

 

Also side note, I plan to do a lot of climbing/kayaking in the peak district and so a car would be useful for that. 

 

 

Essentially I need to keep the car till April anyway

after that,  if I don't use it then who would I insure on the car and what would happen if I needed to use it on a one off occasion?

I'm hoping that in April, my premiums will go down a lot, making it not a huge factor in transport.

 

 

(Right now I'm paying £80 without a black box. I hope this can go down to <£50 /month after April )

 

I could seriously look into the train, but I think all in all, its almost the same price.

 

(What would make it not the same price, is buying a parking permit...) 

 

 

And just to add

https://gyazo.com/5fe38047539d3fc659c9617013c9f734

South Yorkshire and South wales car crime is about the same... 

 

You have clearly done your research - that will stand you in good stead for success at university!

 

Although the public transport in Sheffield (well, the university area) is actually pretty good, you are correct that getting out into the Peaks to remote locations would be much more straightforward with a car.  You have made a great choice of university if you're keen on such outdoor pursuits. All the best for your time here!

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11 minutes ago, bluecanary said:

You have clearly done your research - that will stand you in good stead for success at university!

 

Although the public transport in Sheffield (well, the university area) is actually pretty good, you are correct that getting out into the Peaks to remote locations would be much more straightforward with a car.  You have made a great choice of university if you're keen on such outdoor pursuits. All the best for your time here!

Thanks for that. 

all I have to do now, is find enough time to fit in study rather than going out climbing. 

I'll see how the Car does on the MOT. I guess that's whats going to be the final factor.

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Remember too that when you first move you will have more stuff. Even if you move privately it is easy to rent out a storage locker over summer to save moving stuff around.

Obviously you can also hire a van for those things , and share the cost with friends.

I would also look at the car clubs in Sheffield as they may be financially via le for you too.

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3 hours ago, verydull said:

Remember too that when you first move you will have more stuff. Even if you move privately it is easy to rent out a storage locker over summer to save moving stuff around.

Obviously you can also hire a van for those things , and share the cost with friends.

I would also look at the car clubs in Sheffield as they may be financially via le for you too.

thanks for the advice. 

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