Which? University Student Survey 2017: the results
The results of the Which? University Student Survey 2017 are in! Which universities came top according to those who matter most, the students?
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:
Plus, see which two universities scored highly across most categories in this year’s survey.
Highest rated universities for nightlife
For the second year in a row, we found that you should head north for nightlife. Newcastle University and Northumbria University, both based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, came joint top according to current students.
Newcastle University'Newcastle is amazing for night life. The bars and clubs are endless. Being a second year I still haven't managed to attend all of the nights open to me never mind the bars themselves.'
Northumbria University'Newcastle nightlife is crazy. You can go out from Monday to Sunday, there is always something going on.'
Learn why Newcastle and Northumbria nightlife has come top for the second year in a row. Plus, see the other 19 unis that were rated highly for things to do when the sun goes down...
Universities with the top-rated students' unions
Top rated students' unions (in alphabetical order): See what their students said about them.
Universities with the top-rated sports scenes
Top rated universities for sports scene (in alphabetical order):
- University of Bath
- University of East London (NEW FOR 2017)
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- University of Chichester (NEW FOR 2017)
- Durham University
- University of Exeter (NEW FOR 2017)
- Loughborough University
- University of Stirling (NEW FOR 2017)
- University of Surrey (NEW FOR 2017)
- University of Worcester (NEW FOR 2017)
Universities with top-rated creative scenes
Top rated universities for creative scene (in alphabetical order):
- Bath Spa University
- Falmouth University
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- Norwich University of the Arts
- University of the Arts London
- University for the Creative Arts (NEW FOR 2017)
Universities with top-rated political scenes
Top rated universities for political scene (in alphabetical order):
- University of Cambridge (NEW FOR 2017)
- Goldsmiths, University of London (NEW FOR 2017)
- London School of Economics, University of London
- University of Manchester (NEW FOR 2017)
- University of Oxford
- University of Sussex
All-rounder universities revealed...A special mention goes to the University of Birmingham and University of Glasgow, who scored highly across four out of our five categories (Glasgow doing so for the second time in two years):
What students said:
'The resources and support available are great, especially the library system (with lots of content online) and other study spaces (like the Mason Lounge in the Arts Building).'
'There's so much going on and a great sense of community – so many societies, events, and even a campus festival!'
'The best thing about UoB is the environment and social atmosphere. It's honestly second to none. There are so many different societies and organised nights out (Fab N'Fresh, Sports Night, Broad Street Crawls etc.) and pretty much everyone is nice.'
University of Glasgow
What students said:
'The University of Glasgow has a beautiful campus in an eclectic area of the city. It has so much to offer students no matter who they are.'
'People are from all over the world which is brilliant. The quality of the course leaders is exceptional.'
About the Which? University Student Survey 2017
We surveyed a total of 8,745 students from over 127 institutions (2,137 students this year, merged with findings from our 2016 survey).
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.
Third year students in the 2016 cohort were excluded from this year’s data set as they would have finished their course.
The survey was conducted in March/April 2016 and March/April 2017 by YouthSight using a panel of students.