Northern and Scottish universities 'top for nightlife'

 
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Students seeking an active nightlife from their university days should head to institutions in the north of England or Scotland, a survey suggests.

Those wanting an active political scene may do better in London and south-east England, Which University suggests.

Analysis of some 17,500 student ratings of extra-curricular university life reveals which campuses are best for the arts, sport, nightlife and politics.

The ratings were made by UK undergraduates in 2013 and 2012.

The consumer group said the lists were not ranked in order and the scores of the universities within the groups were not necessarily significantly different.

Music venues and demos

Eight universities in the north of England and Scotland were among the top-rated by students for their diverse nightlife in terms of pubs, clubs and music venues.

These were Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Northumbria, Leeds, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian.

The only university in the south of England to make it into this top group was Sussex.

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Would-be politicians may want to head to London, with the School of Oriental and African Studies, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Goldsmiths, and University College London among those considered the best for a political experience.

This meant that they offered many different political groups and activities, such as meetings and demonstrations, and that politics was a visible part of university life.

But Oxford, Cambridge, Sussex, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast also made it into the top-ranked group for political activities.

Students were quizzed over whether sport was a large part of university life, with a wide range of organised sports teams, clubs and facilities open to those of all levels.

Unsurprisingly, Loughborough - well known for its sporting facilities - was considered among the best universities, alongside St Mary's University College, Bath, Stirling, Brunel, Durham, Leeds Metropolitan, Cardiff Metropolitan, Harper Adams, Birmingham, Chichester and Northumbria.

Which University also asked undergraduates if music, theatre, dance, choirs and the visual arts were a large part of university life, with lots of arts societies, events and facilities open to all students.

A number of specialist institutions, including the Arts University Bournemouth, University of the Arts London and University for the Creative Arts, scored well in this category.

They were joined in the top group by Oxford, Cambridge, Goldsmiths, Falmouth, Bath Spa, De Montfort, St Andrews, Southampton Solent, Buckinghamshire New University, Huddersfield and Dundee.

Which combined the results of a survey of 8,053 UK undergraduates in the summer of 2013 and 9,604 questioned in 2012 to reach its conclusions.

Course satisfaction

The consumer group study also surveyed around 8,000 students for their views on their experience of higher education.

The findings showed the vast majority (85%) of students said they were satisfied with their university, with the same proportion happy with their course.

But more than a quarter (26%) said they wished they had done more research, and one in 10 regretted the university they had chosen. Around 11% had regrets about the course they had picked.

Jenni Allen, head of Which University, said: "The academic and extra-curricular experience at university varies widely.

"With increased tuition fees, it's never been more important for prospective students to weigh up all the options and make sure they make the right choice for them."

Since last autumn, UK universities have been allowed to charge tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year.

 

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    Comment number 109.

    @107. wijajo

    Interestingly though, the amount of people in my university library shot up once £9,000 fees came in. An unexpected consequence, now that would make some interesting research.
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    Logically thinking (though I may have missed something) this makes sense. The fees went up, which means students had less money to spend on leisure activities so to fill up the time they study.

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    Comment number 108.

    I agree that it isn't just the Uni itself that matters. Having spent time with my older brothers, who both studied at Newcastle, I went to Oxford expecting University life to be similar. While academic facilities were fantastic, I found the city small, very expensive, with limited nightlife and locals (perhaps understandably) unfriendly. I often felt that I would have preferred studying elsewhere.

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    Comment number 107.

    Nowt wrong with going out. Work hard, play hard.

    Interestingly though, the amount of people in my university library shot up once £9,000 fees came in. An unexpected consequence, now that would make some interesting research.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 105.

    These ignorant University surveys are completely unreliable. Regardless of what argument is put forward, they always fail to take into account numerous factors, and this is because of the simple obvious limitations of surveying such a vast diversity within a university. What truly gets me worked up is the fact that people listen to these pointless surveys and base their decisions on them.

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    Comment number 104.

    inacasino-obviously when you were at Manchester you did not read English
    Lies, dammed lies and statistics somebody has to do it.... for a fee

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    Comment number 103.

    Leave the students alone, they are paying for the privilege so its their choice, you are only young once.

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    Comment number 102.

    Another amazing bit of research got released today. It said that those pupils that read books for pleasure outside class become better at reading and doing maths.

    Who would have thought that?

    Researchers will be saying that eating too much food makes you fat, or spending all your money and over borrowing makes you poor.

    Gosh, maybe there is a University Course on how to do this amazing research

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    Comment number 101.

    96 Tony "and thee was me believing they were there to learn, instead .. they are more interested in drinking themselves stupid"

    Was at Manchester and.didn't need to spend a fortune to have a great time. What was important was the company. We didn't go out to get plastered and I would be surprised if students do so now, at least after the first term. You grow up fast when you leave home.

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    Comment number 100.

    Obviously, the nightlife is more important than a £9000 education!

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    Comment number 99.

    I began work as a member of staff at a university in a cathedral town in the 1960s. What a backwater. 40 odd years on and the town life is wonderful especially after 6pm. Who to thank-students of course. Local council still lives in the 19c though. Leaving home and having a few years before you tie yourself to earning should be the most enjoyable of your life. Work hard and especially play hard.

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    Comment number 98.

    Let the students do what they want to do, what business is it of yours?

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    Comment number 97.

    ' but what gets me in all this are the complaints from students and student unions that the Fees £9000+/- are crippling them, but they can afford a vibrant nightlife! '

    does it strike you that the students who are partying are not the ones struggling financially - many have mommy and daddy who can afford to fund them?

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    Comment number 96.

    and thee was me believing they were there to learn, instead of which it seems they are more interested in drinking themselves stupid

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    Comment number 95.

    I suspect the government are about to spend £30bn on making London's night life the best in the country.

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    Comment number 94.

    #91 Barry, that's nonsense. The other Universities (Polytechnics) pick up the people who want to do work related degrees such as Physiotherapy, nusrsing, Engineering, Surveying, most of these people are far more employable than your average, Geography, history, arts or language students. One needs to remove ones head from ones bottom.

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    Comment number 93.

    I worked hard and went out whilst I was at uni. I achieved a 1st in my degree but a year on I'm still interning without a permanent job. People should stop picking on grads for 'wasting their time away'. A lot of us work very hard but are failed by the government when it comes to job opportunities. FYI 'Fidel_Castronaut' you repay your debts when earning £15000 pa upwards.

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    Comment number 92.

    Contrary to a few comments on here, nightlife is a really important part of uni. It is where you meet your new support network having left home, learn to socialise as an adult, and yes, on occasion, blow off a bit of steam after exams. Of course the quality of the education you get is the primary concern, but life isn't all work no play!

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    Comment number 91.

    Most people who go to uni do so in part because of the social life, Those not so concerned usually go into work. The red brick universities usually have the real academics and the rest pick up those that want to have the 3/4 years enjoying the uni life.

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