Student Experience Survey 2018: best UK universities for facilities

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

March 22 2018
Student Experience Survey 2018: Best universities for facilities

View the overall results of the 2018 Student Experience Survey

Whether these are sports facilities, the bar and shops on campus or the library facilities, these are important factors that students look for when looking for a university. Participants in the 2018 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

Loughborough University took the top spot as the institution with the best facilities possible down to the high-quality sports facilities on campus. 


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The best UK universities for facilities 2018

Rank University name University facilities score
1 Loughborough University 87.3
2 University of Leeds 84.2
3 University of Bath 83.5
4 University of Dundee 83.3
5 Harper Adams University 83.2
6 Lancaster University 82.8
7 University of Sheffield 82.3
8 Edge Hill University 82.2
9 Queen's University Belfast 82.0
10 University of Lincoln 81.7
=11 University of Surrey 81.6
=11 Northumbria University 81.6
13 University of Exeter 81.3
14 Nottingham Trent University 81.0
=15 University of Chichester 80.8
=15 Durham University 80.8
=15 Teesside University 80.8
18 University of Glasgow 80.7
19 Falmouth University 80.6
20 University of Nottingham 80.4
21 Newcastle University 80.3
22 University of Stirling 80.2
23 University of York 80.1
24 University of East Anglia (UEA) 79.8
=25 University of Southampton 79.7
=25 York St John University 79.7
=27 University of Oxford 79.6
=27 University of Reading 79.6
29 University of Liverpool 79.5
30 Bangor University 79.3
31 De Montfort University 79.1
32 University of Cambridge 79.0
33 University of Manchester 78.9
34 Sheffield Hallam University 78.7
35 Cardiff University 78.6
36 Aberystwyth University 78.5
=37 University of Strathclyde 78.4
=37 University of Hull 78.4
39 Royal Veterinary College 78.0
40 Manchester Metropolitan University 77.9
41 Keele University 77.8
42 University of Edinburgh 77.7
43 University of Birmingham 77.6
=44 Swansea University 77.5
=44 Glasgow Caledonian University 77.5
=46 University of Warwick 77.4
=46 Imperial College London 77.4
=48 University of St Andrews 77.3
=48 University of Worcester 77.3
=50 Heriot-Watt University 77.1
=50 University of Hertfordshire 77.1
=52 Coventry University 77.0
=52 University of Huddersfield 77.0
54 Leeds Beckett University 76.8
=55 Plymouth University 76.5
=55 University of Portsmouth 76.5
57 University of Essex 76.4
=58 Bournemouth University 76.3
=58 University of Aberdeen 76.3
60 King's College London 76.2
=61 University of Chester 76.1
=61 Aston University 76.1
=61 University of Central Lancashire 76.1
64 Canterbury Christ Church University 75.7
65 University of East London 75.6
=66 University of Sussex 75.4
=66 Robert Gordon University 75.4
68 Southampton Solent University 75.3
=69 University of Derby 75.2
=69 Staffordshire University 75.2
71 University of Bristol 74.8
72 University of Bradford 74.7
73 University of Winchester 74.5
=74 University of Leicester 74.4
=74 University of Kent 74.4
=74 Birkbeck, University of London 74.4
77 University of Salford 74.2
=78 Royal Holloway, University of London 74.0
=78 University of Sunderland 74.0
80 University of Gloucestershire 73.9
81 University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) 73.2
82 Brunel University London 73.0
83 UCL 72.8
84 Cardiff Metropolitan University 72.7
85 St George's, University of London 72.6
86 Liverpool John Moores University 72.1
87 Goldsmiths, University of London 72.0
88 London School of Economics and Political Science 71.9
=89 Birmingham City University 71.8
=89 Anglia Ruskin University 71.8
91 University of Wolverhampton 71.5
=92 Bucks New University 71.2
=92 Edinburgh Napier University 71.2
=94 University of Cumbria 71.0
=94 University of West London 71.0
=96 Ulster University 70.9
=96 University of South Wales 70.9
98 University of Bedfordshire 70.8
=99 Queen Mary, University of London 70.7
=99 University of Northampton 70.7
101 Kingston University 70.6
=102 Bath Spa University 70.5
=102 Oxford Brookes University 70.5
=102 City, University of London 70.5
105 University of Westminster 70.4
106 University of Brighton 70.3
107 Middlesex University 70.2
108 University of Roehampton 69.8
109 London South Bank University 69.6
110 London Metropolitan University 68.9
111 University of the Arts London 68.8
112 University of Greenwich 68.2
113 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 67.0
114 University of the West of Scotland 65.2
115 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) 64.9
116 Norwich University of the Arts 64.3

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