Bath Spa University Nightlife
Students seeking an exciting nightlife should head towards the bright lights of the north or Scotland, while those with an eye on a political career should consider universities in London and the south east, according to a survey.
It also reveals that students who are keen on the arts could find themselves at home at a smaller, specialist, institution.
The poll, published by Which?, is based on surveys of more than 12,000 undergraduates, and rates UK universities on areas including nightlife, sports, creative activities and political scene.
It found that 11 of the 15 universities voted highly for their diverse local nightlife are in Northern and Scottish cities although for the first time, this year’s top entries include two London institutions – University College London (UCL) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
The took their place alongside Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool John Moores, Glasgow Caledonian, Strathclyde, Northumbria, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Sussex, Leeds Beckett, Nottingham Trent and Glasgow.
Would-be politicians were likely to be found in London, with SOAS University of London, LSE, Goldsmiths and UCL all considered by students to be among the top political universities. This means that they have lots of different political groups and activities and politics are a visible part of the university experience.
Oxford and Cambridge were also highly rated for politics, as were Sussex, Glasgow, Essex, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Unsurprisingly, Loughborough was considered by students to be among the best places to go for sport. Other sporty institutions – those offering a wide range of organised sports teams, clubs and facilities for all levels – included St Mary’s University in Twickenham, Bath, Stirling, Durham, Brunel, Worcester, Cardiff Metropolitan, Birmingham, Harper Adams, Surrey and Northumbria.
And the top creative institutions, providing students with lots of opportunities in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts, were Falmouth, Goldsmiths, University of the Arts, Bath Spa, University for the Creative Arts and Southampton Solent.