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On behalf of Which? University, YouthSight analysed data from over 11,000 undergraduates across 117 universities from the 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years asking students about their university experiences, and what key aspects were good at their's. University of Northumbria at Newcastle and Newcastle University came out joint top for nightlife, apparently there's a never-ending bars and clubs to go to within the city, whilst other northern universities also fared pretty well, including University of Liverpool, University of Leeds and University of Manchester

The key aspects the survey looked at were:

  • Nightlife
  • Students’ Union
  • Sports Scene
  • Creative Scene 
  • Political Scene

University of Leeds, The University of Sheffield, Loughborough University andCardiff University came top for students’ union, while if you wanted the best political and creative scenes it's best to go south. The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), The University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Science and The University of Sussex were regarded as the most political university, whilst Falmouth University, University of the Arts, London, Norwich University of the Arts, Goldsmiths College and Bath Spa University topped the list for the most creative scene. 

Loughborough University, University of Bath, University of Durham and Cardiff Metropolitan University performed the best for their sporting facilities.

Finally, the top universities recognised as being all-rounders and scoring highly across all categories were also praised. They were The University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Leeds and The University of Sheffield.

If you are thinking of applying to university this year, this survey is great to help you choose the best fit for you. It's not all about academics, and your social life for three years, who you get to meet along the way, and who you become friends with plays an enormous factor. If you're particularly political, creative or sporty, these findings are also useful. Once you've found a number of universities to consider, you might then like to use this survey to whittle down your choices.