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Which? University Student Survey 2018: the results

The results of the Which? University Student Survey 2018 are in! Which universities came top according to those who matter most, the students?

This year, more than 10,000 students from around 127 universities and colleges across the country told us what they loved and loathed about their uni as part of the Which? University Student Survey 2018.

Universities claim big things in their prospectuses, but 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:
And for the first time this year, we've been able to highlight the universities students rate highly for making them ready for the world of work.

Plus, see which 'all-rounder' universities scored highly across most categories in this year’s survey. 

Universities with the top-rated nightlife

Which? University Student Survey 2017 Nightlife

Top rated universities for nightlife (in alphabetical order):
See why students at these universities rated them top in the country for their local pubs, clubs, restaurants music venues, including their recommendations if you find yourself without evening plans in these cities.

Universities with the top-rated student unions

Which? University Student Survey 2018 Student Union

Top rated student unions (in alphabetical order):
What make these unions special? Is it the variety of events they hold? Are they particularly brilliant listeners when it comes to what their students care about? See what their students said about them.

Universities with the top-rated sports scenes

Which? University Student Survey 2018 Sports scene

Top rated universities for sports scene (in alphabetical order):
What makes these sports scenes worthy of a gold medal? Read about their sports societies, clubs and teams to see if they offer what you enjoy. Perhaps there's a sport you want to pick up?

Universities with top-rated creative scenes

Which? University Student Survey 2018 Creative scene

Top rated universities for creative scene (in alphabetical order):
What makes these creative scenes so inspiring? Read what students said about them, including opportunities to display your work and engage with leading figures.

Universities with top-rated political scenes

Which? University Student Survey 2018 Political scene

Top rated universities for political scene (in alphabetical order):
What makes these political scenes so engaging? Read what students said about them, including the diversity of opinions on campus, opportunities to discuss issues and more.

Universities rated top for job readiness

Which? University Student Survey 2018 Job readiness

Top rated universities for job readiness (in alphabetical order):

Read the full results of our job-readiness survey.

All-rounder universities revealed...

A special mention goes out to the following six universities, which scored highly across four of our six categories. If you have a varied range of interests, they might be worth checking out:

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    About the Which? University Student Survey 2018

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

    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 extracurricular aspect.

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