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Community life

Life at Cliff is built around prayer and worship, as well as eating, studying and living together as a community. Whether you come to Cliff for a week or for three years, you'll find people you can share faith and life with here.

"At Cliff you have the opportunity to be part of a community that you can participate and serve in, which in turn, really feeds and teaches you. I’ve benefited so much with having friends and brothers and sisters in Christ right on my doorstep to do life with."

Leah, second-year student

Outside of the 9-5 of placements, lectures and studies, Cliff offers a mixture of student-led and College-organised activities open to all students. These include video game tournaments, board game nights, pub quizzes, film evenings, salsa nights and Murder Mystery events!

The local area is full of opportunities for outdoor activities including walking and climbing, while nearby coffee shops and cafés are perfect for catching up with visiting friends and family. Nearby tourist attractions include Chatsworth House and the historic town of Bakewell. Chesterfield (20 minutes by car) and Sheffield (30 minutes by car) are great spots for shopping, cinema trips and nights out, as well as for activities like indoor climbing and theatre shows.

Our residential students attend local churches in Calver and Curbar, or larger churches in Sheffield and Chesterfield. Cliff also has its own rhythm of worship and prayer, where the students, staff and wider community gather together on Tuesday evenings for a celebration service and on weekday mornings for morning prayers.

Student president

As Cliff's full-time residential community is fairly small, we have no formal student union. Our student president, Alice Young, lives on site and is the first point of call for students. Alice's role is to represent the students and liaise with staff. She responds to the needs and opinions of the student body and works to create a community where people can form meaningful Christian relationships as they live, worship, eat and study together. We also have a chaplain, Deacon David Hunt, and a welfare officer, Dr Ali Mackenzie, who are available to support and counsel students of all courses.