Despite what you tell your parents, you won’t spend all your time at university studying in the library, and there will be many occasions when you’ll want to escape the uni campus and let your hair down.
Huge congrats to
University the Edinburgh who won the City Life award. Jumping an incredible eight places from last year, Scotland is clearly the place to be for students who want to relax away from campus. Plus, with a train station less than a mile away from the university, the world is literally at your feet!
So why do students love it so much? Many reviews talked about the beautiful scenery, the wide variety of things to do and the exciting nightlife that Edinburgh offered.
Find out how much Edinburgh has to offer with their city guide.
2 nd Place
Last year’s winners for City Life,
University of Leeds took home second place this year. Nominated in an incredible eight categories, they’re clearly still impressing students a year on from their big win.
So, what is Leeds offering students? According to the reviews it’s got an exciting night life with lots of pubs, clubs and bars to choose from, many of which play live music to entertain its punters. Students also loved what Leeds has to offer during the daytime, including the largest covered market in Europe for shopping, galleries and museums for some culture, not to mention the surrounding countryside where students go for some peace and quiet after a busy day.
Find out more about the Leeds city life with this guide.
3 rd Place
Staying in the top three for City Life for another year,
Newcastle University came third. Their second year in the top three is hardly surprising when you read the positive reviews the city receives and then find out that 1 in 6 people who live there are students.
Students praised the lively nightlife the city has to offer, loved the fact it was an affordable place to live so they could live a city lifestyle without splashing the cash too much, and there were several reviews from students who mentioned how safe they felt there.
Want to know more about Newcastle?
They’ve got a city guide, so why not check it out?
What The Stats Say
Five star ratings and comments about the great nightlife is all well and good, but what does this mean in terms of actual data?
As you might expect, this category has a wide distribution of scores. The universities in the Yorkshire and Humber region top this category, which is good news for cities like Leeds, Sheffield and York. London struggles in most categories, but is in second position for this category.
It’s good news for this particular category though, as student satisfaction in city life generally has gone up this year. This trend is becoming increasingly consistent in this specific area of student life and it’s great to know that students are enjoying themselves away from the lecture hall.
So, which region has the happiest students? Well this year its Welsh students who have the best things to say about their location, taking the top spot away from the North East. Yorkshire and Humberside are also notable for having some seriously happy students.
Although it’s not such great news for London based students, as despite the excitement it can bring to those visiting, the students are actually the unhappiest out of all the UK areas. Although London certainly isn’t alone with its sad students, in fact students in 9 out of the 11 UK regions were unhappier this year than they were back in 2016. Oh dear!
Our Director of Insights, Aaron Porter says,
“Whilst there are some limitations about what an institution can do in this category, the extent to which the university engages with their town or city is important and can certainly be reflected in the scores here.”
Check out the city life scores from the Whatuni Student Choice Awards