Which? University Student Survey 2016: the results

The results of the Which? University Student Survey 2016 are in! Which universities came top according to those who matter most, the students?

This year, more than 11,000 students from around 115 universities and colleges across the country told us what they loved and loathed about their uni as part of the Which? University Student Survey 2016.

While universities claim big things in their prospectus, we went straight to their students to find out the truth. So if you're currently choosing where to study, you can make a confident choice. We paid particularly close attention to the following key aspects:
Plus, see which five universities scored highly across all categories in this year’s survey. 
 

Highest rated universities for nightlife

Which? University Student Survey 2016 - Nightlife

Head north for nightlife - Newcastle University and Northumbria University, both based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, came joint top according to current students. 

Newcastle University

'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.'

Northumbria University

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

Learn why Newcastle and Northumbria nightlife can't be beat! Plus, which other unis were rated highly?

Top university student unions

Which? University Student Survey 2016 - Student Union

Top rated student unions (in no particular order): Why were these unions rated highest? Read what these students said about their union.

Highest rated universities for sport

Which? University Student Survey 2016 - Sports scene

Top rated universities for sports scene (in no particular order): What makes these sports scenes gold medal-worthy? Read what students said about them.

Top-rated universities for creative scene

Which? University Student Survey 2016 Creative scene

Top rated universities for creative scene (in no particular order): What makes these creative scenes so inspiring? Read what students said about them.

Highest rated universities for political scene

Which? University Student Survey 2016 Political scene

Top rated universities for political scene (in no particular order): What makes these political scenes so rousing? Read what students said about them.

All-rounder universities revealed...

A special well done to these five universities - their students rated them consistently highly across the board in each of our categories.

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

'It's by far the best decision I have made. UEA has a fantastic campus and everyone is really friendly and helpful.'

Learn more about the University of East Anglia
 

University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

'It's a beautiful city and the standard of teaching is great.'

Learn more about the University of Edinburgh
 

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

'The University of Glasgow has a beautiful campus in an eclectic area of the city. It has so much to offer students no matter who they are.'

Learn more about the University of Glasgow
 

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

'The whole university itself has exceeded my expectations...The tutors are fantastic and are experts in their field.'

Learn more about the University of Leeds
 

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield
'Being at the University of Sheffield is great. Coming from London. I really like the city. It's both quiet and busy and it's a great place to meet great people. My course is very challenging.'

Learn more about the University of Sheffield


About the Which? University Student Survey 2016

Each year, Which? commissions an independent survey of current higher education students in the UK to find out more about their experience of university.

We surveyed 11,047 students altogether from over 115 institutions (7,715 students this year, merged with findings from our 2014 survey).

Where we have answers from at least 30 students, we analyse the results to calculate average scores and to highlight groups of top-performing universities for each extra-curricular aspect.

The survey was conducted in March/April 2016 and October 2014 by YouthSight using a panel of students.
 

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