Having good uni facilities can make all the difference between having a difficult student life and an enjoyable one. And when we say facilities, we don’t just mean academic stuff like study areas and the latest IT, but social spaces too, where you can relax away from lectures.
So who did students vote as being the cream of the crop when it came uni facilities at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards?
For the last three years
Loughborough University have come second in this particular category, but this year they finally pipped their competitors to the post and took home the title of best facilities. This award will join their other trophy this year, as they also won the giving back award.
The university has a range of facilities including the UK’s largest concentration of world-class sports training facilities, a variety of labs, two theatres and even a conference centre.
Students rated the university highly for their range and quality of sports facilities in particular, which includes an indoor athletics centre, a football stadium, sports hall, grass and artificial pitches, 50 metre swimming pool, tennis, badminton and netball courts plus a state of the art fitness centre.
Last year’s winners take home second place this year.
Leeds College of Art actually placed in the top three in three out of the five categories they were nominated in, so they’ve clearly got some very happy students.
The facilities that were praised by students include the audio/visual workshop, 3D workshops, print workshops, as well as their range of studios and social areas.
Not giving up their third-place position from last year,
Harper Adams University remain in the top three for a third year. Being in the top three is clearly a comfortable place for Harper Adams, who are in the top three for eight categories this year.
Students were incredibly positive about the agricultural based facilities the university were offering, including the 500-hectare commercial farm and teaching labs, where they could gain practical experience in a learning environment.
The university received top ratings for their other modern facilities too, including an eco-friendly library, a food research centre and an Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre, all within walking distance of each other.
The Facts Behind the Numbers
Although there has been a minor dip in the overall score for this category to 3.96 from 3.98, it continues to perform relatively well. With universities in the Yorkshire and Humberside and East Midlands regions the most content in this category.
Our Director of Insights, Aaron Porter says,
“It’s almost impossible to go onto a university campus without seeing some kind of building work or development. Indeed, a number of universities will informally reference their “crane count” as a sign of ongoing investment and improvement. With rising expectations from students, universities will need to continue to invest in their estate but also the wider facilities which students will expect to have access to.”
Check out the full list of facilities rankings from the Whatuni Student Choice Awards.