Students rate northern unis best for nightlife

According to 11,000 undergraduates surveyed by Which? University, unis in the north came out on top for nightlife, while unis in the south topped the ratings for their creative and political scenes.

The new research, conducted by YouthSight on behalf of Which? University, reveals the top universities in the UK for nightlife, sports, student unions, and politics and creative scenes, as ranked by 11,000 current students in over 100 universities across the UK.

Northumbria and Newcastle Universities were rated highest by students for nightlife. 11 out of the 19 other unis that scored highly for nightlife were in the North or Scotland.

The universities rated highest for their political and creative scenes were all in the South. SOAS, University of London, was ranked as ‘most political’ by students; whilst Falmouth University, University of the Arts, London and Norwich University of the Arts were rated the most creative.

Students voted the University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield as the best all-rounder universities, scoring highly across all of our categories. The University of Leeds came top for the most active student unions and Loughborough the most sporty.

Alex Neill, Which? Director of Campaigns and Policy said:

“There are many factors to consider when deciding where to go to university, so hearing how current students rate their university, on everything from nightlife to the political scene, can be really useful.

It’s always worth taking some time to consider all the options and do some research into what each university offers you before you make your decision.”

Which? University is a free website to help students compare universities on both extra-curricular and academic experience to help them make the right choice.

For the full results from the Which? University Student Survey 2016 visit:

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1.    Which? University is a free and independent website to help students make more informed decisions about higher education, featuring more than 30,000 courses and 281 universities and colleges to search and compare. We bring together facts and statistics from official sources including UCAS, the Higher Education survey and combine it with real-life insight from students and the unbiased, expert analysis you’d expect from Which?

2.    We analysed survey data from over 11,000 students across 117 universities across the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Students were asked to rate their university according to its nightlife, students union, political and creative scenes, and sports.

3.    See below for the top universities for each of the five categories, as rated by students. Whilst all of the universities included below came out at the top of our lists, those that are bolded were ranked as the best.

Northumbria University
Newcastle University
University of Liverpool
University of Leeds
University of Sussex
University of Manchester
London School of Economics
Liverpool John Moores University
Manchester Metropolitan
University of Bristol
Nottingham Trent University


Student Union
University of Leeds
University of Sheffield
Loughborough University
Cardiff University


SOAS, University of London
University of Oxford
London School of Economics
University of Sussex


Falmouth University
University of the Arts, London
Norwich University of the Arts
Goldsmiths, University of London
Bath Spa University


Loughborough University
University of Bath
Durham University
Cardiff Metropolitan

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