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Top sporty unis: Which? University Student Survey 2017

Doing sports at uni can help you relieve stress, make new friends and keep you fit and healthy. So which universities get a gold medal for sport from students?

We surveyed over 8,000 students in the Which? University Student Survey 2017 to learn how they rate the sports facilities and range of activities on offer at their university.

Which university has the top-rated sports scene?

University of Bath

University of Bath - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

Get involved

Students at the University of Bath have said the 'sport facilities are amazing' and' everyone can get involved not just the elite, so [it's] good to try something new'.

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

Great sports facilities

'There is clear investment in sports and related courses from the university.'

'Cardiff Met has two campuses. One is mainly sports, which is a massive part of Cardiff Met, particularly the football (ladies and men). The facilities are great'

University of Chichester (NEW FOR 2017)

University of Chichester - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

Join in

Students at Chichester make the most of facilities by joining in with 'the extracurricular activities and societies'.

Durham University

Durham University - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

Sports for all

'Huge range of sports and societies available. Almost every hobby and sport is covered in some way.'


'College system is excellent at getting students into sport and other activities. It's also a really good way to get to know people quickly and makes first year a lot more friendly.'

'College societies are cheap and are less competitive, so less-sporty students still have the opportunity to get involved.'

University of East London (NEW FOR 2017)

University of East London - Which? University Student Survey 2017

Make friends through sport

'Join societies or sports clubs so that it is easier to make friends.'

'Loved it. You just have to... put yourself out there in order to get the rewards. Join sports clubs to stay active and make friends.'

University of Exeter (NEW FOR 2017)

University of Exeter - Which? University Student Survey 2017

A fun way to enjoy uni

'[I enjoy the] range of sports clubs and how friendly people are'

'[Great] sporting facilities. Campus is beautiful - people chilled.'

University of Loughborough

Which? University Student Survey 2017 - Loughborough University

At the heart of uni life

'[The] number of sport clubs and societies is quite large.'


'Sports at Loughborough are ridiculously good.'

'Definitely the competitive nature between all the halls. There are weekly sporting events, including all sports in which different halls compete against each other with big rivalries.'

University of Stirling (NEW FOR 2017)

University of Bath - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

'Having fun with sport'

When asked what they loved about the University of Stirling, one student commented: 'the sporting events and clubs' and to ​'get involved in clubs and societies because it's the best way to meet new people'.

University of Surrey (NEW FOR 2017)

University of Surrey - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

Something for everyone

'Surrey Sports Park... it offers loads of great facilities such as climbing walls, gym, swimming pools, access to many clubs (basketball etc) and classes (yoga, body pump etc)'

'The profs are great! Sports day is awesome.'

University of Worcester (NEW FOR 2017)

University of Worcester - Which? University Student Survey 2017: Sports Scene

[The Worcester Arena] has hosted numerous regional, national and international sport and disability sport fixtures and events, including being the training base of the British Wheelchair Basketball team in the years leading up to the Rio Paralympics, the home of the Severn Stars netball team and the Worcester Wolves Basketball team.  

Students are able to make full use of the Arena in numerous sports activities that range from watching and participating in elite sport to playing at BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) or recreational levels. Mick Donovan, Head Of The Institute Of Sport And Exercise Science At The University Of Worcester

About the Which? University Student Survey 2017

We asked students to score their university on how thriving the sports scene was.

We merged the findings from surveying students in March/April 2017 with results from our March/April 2017 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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