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Top sporty unis: Which? University Student Survey 2018

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 more than 10,000 students in the Which? University Student Survey 2018 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?

While many of the universities rated top for their sports scene featured in last year’s results, we’re pleased to announce two new entrants, Brunel University London and the University of Nottingham, to the category. 

Find out all the top-rated unis in alphabetical order – click to read what students said:

 

University of Bath

University of Bath - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Get involved

Students at the University of Bath have said the sport facilities are 'second to none' and 'everyone can get involved not just the elite, so [it's] good to try something new'.


Learn more about University of Bath.

 

Brunel University London (NEW FOR 2018)

Brunel University - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Outstanding facilities

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

'For engineering, design and sport, Brunel really excels with its facilities and teaching, and it seems to be these courses that are the primary focus of the uni.'

Learn more about Brunel University London.
 

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Sports is a big part of the uni

'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.'

Learn more about Cardiff Metropolitan University.

 

University of Chichester

University of Chichester - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Join in

Students at Chichester make the most of facilities by joining in with 'the extracurricular activities and societies' and sports that are 'so varied'.


Learn more about the University of Chichester.
 

Durham University

Durham University - Which? University Student Survey 2018: 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.'


Learn more about Durham University.
 

University of East London

University of East London - Which? University Student Survey 2018

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.'


Learn more about the University of East London.

 

University of Exeter

University of Exeter - Which? University Student Survey 2018

A fun way to enjoy uni

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

'The societies and sport teams at exeter are amazing.'

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


Learn more about the University of Exeter.

 

University of Loughborough

Which? University Student Survey 2018 - Loughborough University

At the heart of uni life

'Get involved whatever your level of ability.'


'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.


Learn more about the University of Loughborough.

 

University of Nottingham (NEW FOR 2018)

University of Nottingham- Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Socialising through sport 

'Sports socials are the best.'

'Sports are so varied and try to involve as many people as possible.'

The University of Nottingham provided the following statement on hearing they'd been rated highly:

Our approach to sport ensures that everyone can realise their competitive potential whether that is through our specialist sports courses, success in worldwide competition, leading edge facilities or our civic contribution in helping Nottingham’s communities stay active.

 

Learn more about University of Nottingham.

 

University of Stirling

University of Stirling- Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Budget-friendly 

When asked what they loved about the University of Stirling, students commented on the 'the sporting events and clubs' and how participating in sports was kind to their wallet: 'the basic costs for partaking in the sport are covered by they uni.’

 

Learn more about University of Stirling.
 

University of Surrey

University of Surrey - Which? University Student Survey 2018: 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 choice of sports teams and general facilities for sports are incredible.'

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


Learn more about University of Surrey.
 

University of Worcester

University of Worcester - Which? University Student Survey 2018: Sports Scene

Sports focus

'University is very focused on sports courses more than others.'

'More dedication to sporting events such as varsity.'


Learn more about the University of Worcester.


Read the full results of the Which? University Student Survey 2018.


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    About the Which? University Student Survey 2018

    We asked students to score their university on how thriving the sports scene was, as part of the annual Which? University Student Survey. Each year, Which? commissions this independent survey of current higher education students in the UK to find out more about their experience of university.

    We surveyed a total of 5,081 students from over 127 institutions this year, merging findings from our 2017 and 2016 surveys to give an overall sample of 10,754 students. The survey sample used to analyse the sports scene category was as follows: third years responding to the 2018 survey; second and third years responding to the 2017 survey; and all respondents to the 2016 survey. Our minimum threshold was 30 respondents per university –  standard for our surveys that use this linear plotting technique, and is based upon empirical testing of a range of sample sizes we carried out in 2014.

    Statistical differences between groups of universities were identified as follows. For each measure, a mean score on the 1-10 scale was calculated for each university. Analysis of variance was used to establish whether there were any significant differences between the means, and then a linear plotting technique was used to identify significant breaks between the means of groups of universities. The groups with the highest mean scores were reported as 'highly rated'.

    All surveys were conducted by YouthSight on behalf of Which?, in March/April of the respective year.

    Please note, student comments in this feature range from 2014-2018.
     

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