Taking part in Doc/Fest doesn't have to be expensive, whether you're coming to the festival as someone in the Industry or as a member of the public. There're lots of ways to make Doc/Fest more affordable and we're committed to making it as accessible as possible to everyone who wants to attend.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO SHEFFIELD ON A BUDGET
You can get discounted train tickets from Megatrain where tickets can be as little as £2 return from London, students with a valid NUS card may also be eligible for further discounts.
For national train travel take a look at theNational Rail Journey Planner, advance tickets can be booked up to 12 weeks prior to travel and generally the sooner you book the cheaper it will be. Marketing Sheffield in partnership with East Midlands Train are also currently offering discounted rail tickets, for more information take a look here. You should always check fares on East Midland Trains own website before purchasing any tickets, as if you are flexible about when you travel or hold a railcard it may work out cheaper to book direct. If you're coming from further afield, Eurostar offers all-inclusive fares in advance from continental Europe right through to Sheffield, if you're flexible about when you can travel.
WHERE TO STAY FOR FREE OR NEARLY NOTHING
There are many cheap rooms at budget hotels around Sheffield. There are two Premier Inn’s in Sheffield City Centre and the ibis budget hotel, which is just outside the centre, currently has rooms starting at £20 during the festival.
We are working in partnership with Compare and Share to offer simple and affordable accommodation around the city. Check out our page here.
Sheffield also has a thrivingCouch Surfing community which is a great option if you want to stay with someone friendly and locally for free! This year we have set up a Couch Surfing group specifically for Doc/Fest guests and volunteers to allow you to post requests for rooms but otherwise you can just use the search function.
BUDGET EATING AND DRINKING
Sheffield isn't an expensive place to eat and drink. Check back to see what wonderful Sheffield restaurants and bars have provided us with Delegate offers.