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Top student unions: Which? University Student Survey 2016

From fighting for your rights to keeping you entertained, your students' union will play a big part in your university experience. Here are the SUs rated top by students...

We surveyed nearly 11,000 undergrads in the Which? University Student Survey 2016 to find out how they rate activities on offer from their union, from wicked student nights to societies catering to all interests.

Which universities have the top-rated student unions? 

Leeds University

'The enormous number of societies and facilities at the union makes for a great social life and so many opportunities to build on other interests and activities besides your course.'

'The union exec do a brilliant job at hearing students and fighting for change on issues that matter the most to students.'

Learn more about University of Leeds

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield student union

'The Students' Union exceeded my expectations[;] there's so many societies available to choose from, as well as the the Jobshop and volunteering hub, and a variety of student club nights.'

'I didn't know what it was or why I would need [the student union], but it's great! if you have any problems you can go there and know that the information you receive will be good quality.'

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Loughborough University

University of Loughborough

'Student union is brilliant, always something going on and so many things to get involved with from societies to different sectors like welfare and diversity within the students union.'

'Amazing Loughborough community feel. Although it's small, all the clubs and the union are really good.'

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Cardiff University

Cardiff University

'Student union is amazing. Good bands, club nights and space for working and food outlets.'

'The range of societies and sports is incredible and exceeded all expectations. The student union is amazing and is the best night out.'

Learn more about Cardiff University

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 varied range of activities.

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 10,548 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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