Student Experience Survey 2017: the safest UK universities

The safest universities in the UK, as perceived by current students, have been revealed

March 23 2017
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View the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

Feeling safe while studying is a top consideration for many prospective students when they start thinking about where to go to university. Enjoying a sense of security, comfort and happiness during your time at college can make the difference between staying on and getting a good degree or deciding to look elsewhere or even drop out altogether.

As part of the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017, more than 15,000 students were asked the extent to which they agreed that their university offered “good security”. The table below shows how the UK’s institutions perform on this question.

Leo Blanchard, an English literature student at the University of Surrey, which comes top in this category, says in a blog that “one of the best things about Surrey is how safe it is. I have never felt personally in danger during my time here, even when walking home later at night.”

The security results in full are below. 

Rank University name Security composite
1 University of Surrey 87.3
2 Edge Hill University 86.6
3 University of Bath 85.8
4 Lancaster University 85.6
5 University of East Anglia (UEA) 85.5
6 Loughborough University 85.5
7 Bangor University 84.7
8 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 84.5
9 Heriot-Watt University 84.5
10 Falmouth University 84.5
11 University of Sheffield 84.4
12 Liverpool Hope University 84.3
13 Aberystwyth University 84.0
14 University of Exeter 83.9
15 University of St Andrews 83.6
16 Durham University 83.5
17 University of York 83.4
18 University of Chester 83.3
19 Harper Adams University 82.6
20 Royal Veterinary College 82.6
21 St George’s, University of London 82.5
22 Imperial College London 82.3
23 University of Reading 82.0
24 University of Oxford 81.6
25 University of Leeds 81.5
26 Queen’s University Belfast 81.4
27 University of Cambridge 81.4
28 Newcastle University 81.4
29 University of Warwick 81.2
30 University Campus Suffolk 81.0
31 University of Dundee 80.9
32 Ulster University 80.8
33 Royal Holloway, University of London 80.7
34 University of Southampton 80.5
35 University of Bristol 80.5
36 Northumbria University 80.3
37 Nottingham Trent University 80.0
38 University of Central Lancashire 79.9
39 University of Derby 79.9
40 Swansea University 79.8
41 University of Winchester 79.8
41 University of Worcester 79.8
43 University of Nottingham 79.7
44 Norwich University of the Arts 79.7
45 Aston University 79.3
46 Leeds Beckett University 79.1
47 University of Lincoln 78.9
48 Robert Gordon University 78.8
49 University of Glasgow 78.6
50 Bucks New University 78.4
51 University of West London 78.3
52 University of Leicester 78.3
53 University of Stirling 78.2
54 Keele University 78.1
55 Liverpool John Moores University 77.7
56 University of Birmingham 77.7
57 Coventry University 77.7
58 Goldsmiths, University of London 77.7
59 Newman  University 77.6
60 University of Bradford 77.5
61 Edinburgh Napier University 77.5
62 Brunel University London 77.3
63 Soas, University of London 77.3
64 De Montfort University 77.2
65 Bournemouth University 77.1
66 University of Edinburgh 77.0
67 Bath Spa University 77.0
68 Arts University Bournemouth 76.9
69 University of Kent 76.9
70 University of Liverpool 76.8
71 Cardiff Metropolitan University 76.8
72 University of Hull 76.7
73 University of Cumbria 76.7
74 Oxford Brookes University 76.7
75 University of Gloucestershire 76.3
76 University of Portsmouth 76.2
77 University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) 76.1
78 University of Aberdeen 76.1
79 University of East London 76.0
80 Birmingham City University 75.7
81 King’s College London 75.7
82 Sheffield Hallam University 75.7
83 University of Sussex 75.7
84 University of Huddersfield 75.7
85 University College London (UCL) 75.6
86 York St John University 75.5
87 University of Strathclyde 75.5
88 University of Manchester 75.3
89 Manchester Metropolitan University 75.3
90 University of Hertfordshire 75.3
91 University of the Arts London 75.3
92 Cardiff University 75.2
93 Canterbury Christ Church University 75.2
94 Plymouth University 74.7
95 University of Sunderland 74.5
96 University of Wolverhampton 74.2
97 Anglia Ruskin University 73.9
98 University of Greenwich 73.8
99 Teesside University 73.7
100 University of Westminster 73.5
101 London South Bank University 73.2
102 University of Salford 73.1
103 University of Essex 73.0
104 Southampton Solent University 72.8
105 University of Bedfordshire 72.7
106 University of Abertay Dundee 72.6
107 University of South Wales 72.5
108 University of Northampton 71.7
108 University of the West of Scotland 71.7
110 Queen Mary, University of London 71.3
111 University of Roehampton 71.3
112 London Metropolitan University 71.0
113 Staffordshire University 70.5
114 London School of Economics and Political Science 70.0
115 Glasgow Caledonian University 69.6
116 University of Brighton 69.4
117 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 69.3
118 Kingston University 67.5
119 University for the Creative Arts 66.3
120 City, University of London 65.8
121 The Open University 64.8
122 Middlesex University 63.3

Access the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

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