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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?

This year, more than 8,000 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 2017.

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

Which? University Student Survey 2017 - 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 rowPlus, 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

Which? University Student Survey 2017 - Student Union

Top rated students' 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 2017 - 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 2017 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 2017 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.

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):

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham - Which? University Student Survey 2017

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

University of Glasgow - Which? University Student Survey

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.'

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    About the Which? University Student Survey 2017

    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 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.

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