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Top unis for nightlife: Which? University Student Survey 2016

When the sun goes down, will your university keep you entertained for three years? Or will your options run dry before the end of your first term? 

We surveyed more than 10,000 undergraduates in the Which? University Student Survey 2016 to find out how they rate the pubs, clubs and music venues on their doorstep.

Find out below which universities came highly rated for nightlife, along with a few student recommendations and tips:
 

Where came top for university nightlife?

If a great night out is as important to you as campus facilities and teaching, then head to Newcastle. Both Newcastle University and Northumbria University came top for nightlife, according to students:

Newcastle University

Newcastle University - Which? University Student Survey 2016
You’ll be spoilt for choice, even after year one:

'Newcastle is amazing for night life. The bars and clubs are endless. Being a second year I still haven't managed to attend all of the nights open to me never mind the bars themselves.'

It's the home of Newcastle Brown Ale - plus more:

'If you're into beer there's a Brew Dog and lots of other pubs that brew their own - especially down by the Quayside.'

The 'trebles' came up quite a bit:

'Most of the time, alcohol is very cheap - the 'trebles bars' offer three treble mixers for about £5.80 in total! (It used to be £5 but I believe the council banned it).'

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Northumbria University

Northumbria University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Geordies love a laugh: 

'There is a comedy club called The Stand which has gigs at least three times a week and has great comedians plus [there are] plenty of music venues which have big acts come to play (Metro Radio Arena and O2) and the Theatre Royal has lots of great shows.'

It's not all Geordie Shore, either: 

'[I’m] not into the typical Newcastle clubbing scene e.g. Geordie Shore, but [there’s] plenty of grime, drum and bass, garage nights at World HQ, Cosmic Ballroom and so on.'

Basically, you'll never get bored:

'Newcastle nightlife is crazy. You can go out from Monday to Sunday, there is always something going on.'

Learn more about Northumbria University


And here's the best of the rest...

University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool - Which? University Student Survey 2016

The Fab Four's musical legacy lives on:

'The Grapes and the Pilgrim are two locals, and both frequently have live music from local bands. If music interests you, you can explore Mathew Street for the Cavern Club, famous haunt of The Beatles, where they still offer great live music from up and coming musicians.'

Learn more about University of Liverpool

University of Leeds

University of Leeds - Which? University Student Survey

The Otley Run came up a lot (but maybe take it easy...):

'The Otley Run is amazing - if you are still standing by the end of it - and should be done in Freshers' week!'

Learn more about University of Leeds

University of Sussex

University of Sussex - Which? University Student Survey 2016

The famous Lanes aren’t just for shopping:

'Great little pubs run amok down there, and lots of them have a great atmosphere. You might not get a student discount or deals there, but the service is top notch.'

Learn more about University of Sussex

University of Manchester

University of Manchester - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Buy a Fresher’s week wristband:

'This wristband covers the slightly more upmarket bars and clubs at Deansgate Locks, the city centre clubs at the Printworks, the clubs closer to Uni (Factory, Fifth, Sound Control etc.) and lastly the University's famous music event, Pangaea.'

Learn more about University of Manchester

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

London School of Economics - Which? University Student Survey 2016

The world is your oyster:

'It's Central London. You can find anything and everything!'

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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Head to Concert Square:

'All the clubs and bars are centered around Concert Square so there is a huge variety in one area.'

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Whatever London can do...

'London’s nightlife LGBT scene is now going underground, but the LGBT scene in Manchester is thriving.'

Learn more about Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Bristol

University of Bristol - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Like your cider?

'Bristol has a big cider culture amongst the city so you will find a variety of pubs and even cider-specialist pubs that brew their own.'

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Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Rock City is a firm favourite:

'My all time favourite place to go is Rock City as it has different rooms with different music to suit everyone. It also has cheap drinks and deals!'

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University College London, University of London

University College London - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Location, location, location…:

'It's very close to both Soho and Camden, thus the options are close to unlimited regardless of the genre of music you listen to, or any other form of nightlife activity you may be interested in.'

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University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde - Which? University Student Survey 2016

And the same goes north of the border:

'Strathclyde is right in the middle of the busy Glasgow nightlife so there's something to suit everyone. The union is one of the best in Scotland.'

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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Get yourself to Sauchiehall Street:

'The immediate nightlife is Ok but it's worth taking the tube to Sauchiehall Street for the best cheap clubs.'

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University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Sheffield has you covered for cheesy tunes:

"Pop Tarts at the Union is always good for a chance to sing along to all the songs you thought you'd forgotten the words to."

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Cardiff University

Cardiff University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

There’s only one word to describe Cardiff’s nightlife:

'It's amazing, there's always a student night in town.'

'The nightlife is amazing! There is always somewhere cheap no matter what night.'

'Night life is absolutely amazing.'
 

Learn more about Cardiff University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Head to the city centre:

'Don't go to the GCU bars and clubs. There is more in the centre of Glasgow.'

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Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC)

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Cardiff has something for everyone:

'Cardiff has a club, pub or venue for everyone.'

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Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

'Hump Day' doesn't exist:

'Wednesdays are really busy in Sheffield, as there's the Hallam Nation, which means that students go out together.'

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Swansea University

Swansea University - Which? University Student Survey 2016

There's just one street to be at:

'Wind Street is the best place to go!'

'Wind street is the main student location.'

'The main place to go is Wind Street, a street full of clubs, bars and pubs.'

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University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham - Which? University Student Survey 2016

Ocean has that indescribable quality, apparently:

'Ocean is probably one of the greatest nightclubs in the world. There's something about it that I can't put my finger on but it's a night out like no other.'

Learn more about University of Nottingham

About the Which? University Student Survey 2016

We asked students to score the degree to which they would describe their university's student union as offering a diverse nightlife.

We merged the findings from surveying students in March/April 2016 with results from our October 2014 student survey so we could characterise a greater number of institutions, using a larger combined base of around 10,399 students.

Where we have answers from at least 30 students, we analyse the results to calculate average scores and to highlight the group of top-performing universities overall.


Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2016

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