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Universities have been rated by Which? according to factors affecting the lifestyle of their students.
The third annual Which? University student survey, based on the views of more than 12,500 undergraduates, outlines the top-rated universities for sports, local nightlife, creative and political scenes, and a variety of student union activities.
Eleven of the 15 universities voted highly for having a diverse local nightlife are in Northern and Scottish cities, but this year two London universities - University College London and London School of Economics - have both made it into the top group.
Universities in London or the south-east also scored highly for their political scene, but fell down on sports - five universities were voted into the least sporty group by students.
Four universities offer a particularly strong extra-curricular scene - University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, University College London, and University of Edinburgh - scoring well across the board in nearly all categories.
Jenni Allen, Which? University spokesperson, said: “With tuition fees now averaging nearly £9,000 a year, it’s important that prospective students do their homework, find out everything they need to know about different universities, and weigh up all the options before deciding where they want to study. Which? University is a free website to help students compare universities on both the extra-curricular and academic experience and make the right choice for them.”
YouthSight, on behalf of Which?, interviewed 4,519 students in their second year or above, online between 9th and 29th October 2014. This data was merged with the previous year’s survey, which interviewed 8,053 students in their first year or above, online between 8th July and 8th August 2013. Students who were surveyed in 2013 were not surveyed in 2014.
The lists of universities in each category are not ranked in order but are a list of universities that are in the highest scoring groups. The scores of the universities within these groups are not necessarily significantly different.
Top universities for diverse local nightlife
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Manchester
Liverpool John Moores University
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Strathclyde
University of Bristol
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Sussex
University College London
Leeds Beckett University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Glasgow
Top "sporty" universities
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
University of Bath
University of Stirling
University of Worcester
Cardiff Metropolitan University
University of Birmingham
Harper Adams University
University of Surrey
Top creative universities
Goldsmiths, University of London
University of the Arts London
Bath Spa University
University for the Creative Arts
Southampton Solent University
Top political universities
SOAS, University of London
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
University College London, University of London
University of Essex
University of Edinburgh
Top universities for varied student union activities
University of Sheffield
University of East Anglia
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