This year, University of Leeds took home the WUSCA for city life, as well as being nominated in three other categories (SU, Clubs and Societies and University of the Year). This shows that a university experience is shaped by more than revision all nighters and essay deadlines, but also how and where students can relax in between.
The city life WUSCA winner
Leeds was applauded for having a variety of options to choose from, its student accessibility, as well as the sheer size of the city itself (unsurprising given the fact it’s the third largest and fastest growing cities in the UK). Student comments included...
And Leeds could certainly be a contender in the future, as its economy is going from strength to strength in a range of sectors. And when it comes to education they’re pretty on top of it too, as Leeds not only hosts one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, but also top business schools and recognised research facilities.
So what does Leeds have to offer its students apart from teaching? From the standard clubs and pubs, to pop up boutiques and shops for a student budget, and museums and parks to relax in after writing another stressful essay hours before it’s due in.
And it’s something that’s clearly attracting students, as Leeds has the fourth largest student population in the UK. Want to know more about Leeds? We’ve got
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It wasn’t just Leeds that impressed students, Newcastle has also made a positive impact. In fact two Newcastle based universities made the final 3 in the city life category.
Newcastle University came second, while Northumbria University came third (for the second year running).
University’s students recognised Newcastle’s city life as being student friendly, safe, offering them plenty to do, having great places to eat and being good for a student budget. Review comments from both universities included...
Newcastle is certainly a bustling city, and is actually the most populated city in the North East, so students aren’t the only ones that love this city. Just like Leeds, they’ve also got a great economy, with industries like digital technology, retail and tourism bringing in the money.
So what is Newcastle offering students in particular? Well they’ve certainly got plenty to do outside lectures, as Newcastle regularly features in top ten lists for their night life. They’ve also got a reputation for being a poetry hub, has an 11,000 seat music venue, a sporting venue that holds 3,000, and a variety of museums, so there’s plenty for students to do.
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City Life by Numbers
So what do all these five star ratings and glowing reviews show us? Well, student satisfaction with city life has increased since last year’s awards.
The city life can make or break a student’s decision to attend a particular university, and it’s something higher education institutions are more than aware of. Our Director of Insights, Aaron Porter says, “Many universities choose to make their location a real virtue, and embrace the surrounds of which they are a part. With that's a large metropolitan city, or a quieter more intimate setting, different students will look for different aspects when it comes to this category."
For the full list of nominees and WUSCA winners, head over here.
The City Life category was sponsored by Student Central, University of London