You’ll find universities with the strongest political scene in London and the south-east – but head north for the nightlife, according to the latest Which? University student survey.
Eight of the nine top-rated universities for diversity of nightlife are found in northern or Scottish cities – including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow – while SOAS, part of the University of London, is rated highest for its range of political activities.
Loughborough University and St Mary’s University College Twickenham emerged as top for sports, while Arts University Bournemouth, Goldsmiths and Falmouth University were highly rated by students for their creative arts scene.
The findings – compiled using views of more than 16,000 students – come a year on from the launch of Which? University, Which?’s free and independent website helping students make more informed higher education decisions.
Top universities – as voted by students
Undergraduates were asked to rate their university on different extra-curricular aspects – view the full results in each category by following these links to the Which? University website:
- Top sporty universities
- Top creative universities
- Top political universities
- Top universities for varied student union activities
- Top universities for diverse local nightlife
University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow and University of Leeds scored well across the board for nearly all categories.
University student satisfaction findings
Which? University’s Jenni Allen said: ‘The academic and extra-curricular experience at university varies widely. With increased tuition fees, it’s never been more important for prospective students to weigh up all the options and make sure they make the right choice for them.’
This year’s survey of 8,053 undergraduate students also found high satisfaction with choice of university (85%) and choice of course (85%). However, a quarter of students (26%) wish they’d done more research into their choice of course and university.
While only one in ten students regret their choice of university (10%) and their choice of course (11%), they are more likely to say they regret their course after their first year (13% of second to fourth year students compared to 9% of first year students).