Student Experience Survey 2017: best UK universities for facilities

The best universities in the UK for their facilities – as decided by current students – have been revealed

March 23 2017

View the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

A well-rounded university experience would not be possible without good facilities. Whether these are sports facilities, the bar and shops on campus or the library facilities, students assess these when looking for prospective universities. Participants in the Student Experience Survey were asked to provide a rating between “strongly agree” and “strongly disagree” as to whether their university has: 

  • High-quality facilities 
  • Centralised / convenient facilities 
  • Cheap shop / bar / amenities 
  • Good library and library opening hours 
  • Good sports facilities

Answers to these questions were then pulled together to produce a score for facilities. Loughborough University topped the list, cementing its reputation as one of the best sporting universities in the UK. However, Loughborough student Luke Starr says that the fantastic sporting facilities should not overshadow the university’s students’ union and all the opportunities that it provides. “A lot of students agree that the SU really is the beating heart of life here, and it certainly wouldn’t be the same without it,” he added in a blog.

See the full results for facilities below. 

Rank University name University facilities composite
1 Loughborough University 89.3
2 Queen’s University Belfast 84.8
3 University of Leeds 84.6
4 University of Sheffield 84.5
5 University of Dundee 84.2
6 Harper Adams University 84.2
7 University of Surrey 84.1
8 Edge Hill University 83.9
9 Lancaster University 82.8
10 Northumbria University 82.0
11 University of East Anglia (UEA) 81.9
12 Newcastle University 81.8
13 University of Oxford 81.7
14 Durham University 81.6
15 University of Bath 81.6
16 Nottingham Trent University 81.2
17 Falmouth University 81.0
18 University of Reading 80.9
19 University of Glasgow 80.6
20 University of Exeter 80.4
21 University of Central Lancashire 80.3
22 University of York 80.3
23 University of Stirling 80.2
24 Bangor University 80.1
25 Cardiff University 80.1
26 University of Lincoln 80.0
27 Keele University 79.9
28 Brunel University London 79.9
29 University of Manchester 79.8
30 University of Chester 79.7
31 Coventry University 79.7
32 Heriot-Watt University 79.7
33 University of Portsmouth 79.6
34 University of Liverpool 79.6
35 University of Nottingham 79.6
36 University of Strathclyde 79.4
37 Teesside University 79.4
38 Leeds Beckett University 79.3
39 University of Cambridge 79.3
40 Imperial College London 79.2
41 University of Southampton 79.2
42 University of Birmingham 79.2
43 York St John University 79.0
44 Royal Veterinary College 78.7
45 De Montfort University 78.5
46 Swansea University 78.4
47 University of Winchester 78.3
48 Manchester Metropolitan University 77.9
49 University of Derby 77.8
50 University of Worcester 77.7
51 Aston University 77.5
52 Liverpool Hope University 77.3
53 University of Edinburgh 77.2
54 University of St Andrews 77.0
55 Sheffield Hallam University 77.0
56 Aberystwyth University 76.8
57 University of Hull 76.7
58 Cardiff Metropolitan University 76.7
59 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 76.5
60 University of Leicester 76.5
61 Plymouth University 76.4
62 Southampton Solent University 76.3
63 University of Huddersfield 76.3
64 University of Aberdeen 76.2
65 Robert Gordon University 76.1
66 University of Salford 75.6
67 St George’s, University of London 75.6
68 University of Warwick 75.3
69 University of Hertfordshire 75.2
70 University of Gloucestershire 74.9
71 Bournemouth University 74.9
72 University of Sussex 74.9
73 Glasgow Caledonian University 74.9
74 University of Kent 74.6
75 University of Wolverhampton 74.6
76 Ulster University 74.6
77 Edinburgh Napier University 74.6
78 University of Bristol 74.5
79 University of the West of England 74.2
80 King’s College London 74.1
81 Canterbury Christ Church University 74.0
82 Bucks New University 73.9
83 University of Essex 73.9
84 University of Bedfordshire 73.9
85 University of East London 73.7
86 Middlesex University 73.7
87 Goldsmiths, University of London 73.5
88 University of Bradford 73.4
89 University Campus Suffolk 73.3
90 Anglia Ruskin University 73.3
91 Oxford Brookes University 73.1
92 Liverpool John Moores University 73.1
93 Newman  University 72.7
94 Staffordshire University 72.6
95 University of Greenwich 72.5
96 Queen Mary, University of London 72.2
97 University of Sunderland 71.9
98 Birmingham City University 71.9
99 University of Cumbria 71.7
100 Royal Holloway, University of London 71.7
101 Arts University Bournemouth 71.2
102 University College London (UCL) 70.8
103 Abertay University 70.6
104 City, University of London 69.8
105 Kingston University 69.8
106 University of Roehampton 69.8
107 Bath Spa University 69.7
108 University of Westminster 68.8
109 University of Northampton 68.3
110 University of West London 68.2
111 University of South Wales 68.0
112 University of Brighton 67.7
113 Norwich University of the Arts 66.7
114 London School of Economics and Political Science 66.5
115 Soas, University of London 66.4
116 London South Bank University 66.4
117 University of the West of Scotland 66.3
118 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 66.0
119 University of the Arts London 63.9
120 London Metropolitan University 62.5
121 University for the Creative Arts 61.8
122 The Open University 56.2

Read more: 

THE Student Experience Survey 2017 results
Student Experience Survey 2017: hear from students at the top institutions 

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