University is not solely about lectures and seminars. A big part of the university experience is determined by the social life a student leads through nights out and joining in extracurricular activities and societies.
Participants in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey were asked to provide a rating between “strongly agree” and “strongly disagree” on whether their university has:
- Good social life
- Good community atmosphere
- Good extracurricular activities / societies
- Good environment on campus / around university
The answers to these questions were then combined to give an overall rating of a university’s “societal experience”. Some institutions, such as the University of Sheffield – which comes second in this list, just behind Loughborough University – are heavily investing in their students’ unions to provide students with more to do in between studying. These include time-out workshops for students to practise mindfulness and manage their stress and anxiety and the building of a study hub.
Anna Goldman, a first-year French and Hispanic studies student, says that the city felt like home from the beginning and that the multiple sports opportunities greatly improved her confidence. Here more from her here.
See the full results for societal experience below.