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Top student unions: Which? University Student Survey 2017

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...

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Lots to offer

'Social life in the students union is as good as in town.'

'The diverse students' union - the fact that some of my favourite bands come to my university to play. They filmed Sherlock in the union building. And the variety of clubs and societies on offer is brilliant'


Leeds University

Leeds University - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Student Union

Something for everyone

'Such a fun city to live in. So many good societies and on campus'

'The diversity of societies and clubs available. Medicine is very busy - I often don't get time to attend the main university societies and clubs so it's really nice to have course - specific societies such as the medicine and dentistry lacrosse society. It means you don't miss out on too much because the society caters to the specific need and tight schedule of the dentist and medicine course

Loughborough University

University of Loughborough

Sense of community

'Students' 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.'

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield student union

Great facilities and support

'Facilities are amazing (libraries, computer rooms). Huge amount of sports/clubs societies to join, basically anything you can think of. Loads of extracurricular fun activities/day trips etc.'

'I didn't know what it was or why I would need [the students’ 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.'


About the Which? University Student Survey 2017

We asked students to score their university's student union on the variety of activities on offer.

We merged the findings from surveying students in March/April 2017 with results from our March/April 2016 student survey so we could characterise a greater number of institutions, using a larger combined base of around 8,745 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.

Note: Third year students in the 2016 cohort were excluded from this year’s data set as they would have finished their course.​

Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2017

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