Student Experience Survey 2018: best UK universities for student social life

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

March 22 2018
Student Experience Survey 2018: best universities for student social life

View the overall results of the 2018 Student Experience Survey

While a key part of university is about studying and achieving a degree, it is also important for students to be able to have an active social life at university. Getting involved in extracurricular activities can help students to broaden their interests and bulk up their CVs as well as providing some time away from their studies. 

Participants in the 2018 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”. Loughborough University tops this list with the University of Leeds taking the second place position. 


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The best UK universities for student social life 2018

Rank University name Societal experience score
1 Loughborough University 89.1
2 University of Leeds 87.8
3 University of Sheffield 87.3
4 Newcastle University 86.5
5 University of Bath 86.2
6 Harper Adams University 86.1
7 University of East Anglia (UEA) 85.8
8 University of Exeter 85.1
9 Cardiff University 85.0
10 University of Nottingham 84.9
11 University of Oxford 84.6
12 Swansea University 84.1
13 Durham University 84.0
14 University of St Andrews 83.9
15 University of Reading 83.8
16 University of Glasgow 83.7
=17 Lancaster University 83.5
=17 University of Birmingham 83.5
19 University of York 83.2
20 University of Dundee 83.1
21 University of Southampton 83.0
22 Falmouth University 82.8
=23 University of Surrey 82.7
=23 University of Bristol 82.7
25 Nottingham Trent University 82.5
=26 Bangor University 82.4
=26 University of Manchester 82.4
28 University of Liverpool 82.2
=29 Aberystwyth University 82.0
=29 University of Sussex 82.0
=31 Royal Veterinary College 81.9
=31 University of Stirling 81.9
=33 Queen's University Belfast 81.8
=33 Keele University 81.8
35 University of Lincoln 81.6
36 York St John University 81.3
37 University of Strathclyde 80.6
=38 Edge Hill University 80.4
=38 Northumbria University 80.4
=38 Bournemouth University 80.4
41 University of Warwick 80.2
=42 University of Chichester 80.1
=42 University of Hull 80.1
=42 University of Essex 80.1
45 De Montfort University 79.7
=46 University of Cambridge 79.5
=46 University of Chester 79.5
=46 University of Edinburgh 79.5
49 Manchester Metropolitan University 78.9
50 Sheffield Hallam University 78.7
=51 Teesside University 78.5
=51 University of Leicester 78.5
53 St George's, University of London 78.4
54 University of Aberdeen 78.3
55 Canterbury Christ Church University 78.0
56 Robert Gordon University 77.9
57 University of Kent 77.6
58 Plymouth University 77.4
59 University of Winchester 77.3
60 University of Worcester 77.2
61 Aston University 77.1
=62 Glasgow Caledonian University 77.0
=62 University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) 77.0
=62 UCL 77.0
=65 Heriot-Watt University 76.6
=65 King's College London 76.6
=65 University of Huddersfield 76.6
=65 University of Portsmouth 76.6
=65 Queen Mary, University of London 76.6
70 Royal Holloway, University of London 76.5
71 University of Hertfordshire 76.3
72 Bath Spa University 76.2
73 Leeds Beckett University 76.1
74 University of Gloucestershire 75.5
75 Coventry University 75.4
76 Liverpool John Moores University 75.1
=77 University of Derby 74.8
=77 Brunel University London 74.8
79 University of Salford 74.7
=80 Southampton Solent University 74.5
=80 Oxford Brookes University 74.5
82 University of Brighton 73.7
83 Birkbeck, University of London 73.1
84 Imperial College London 73.0
85 University of Roehampton 72.7
=86 University of Sunderland 72.5
=86 Goldsmiths, University of London 72.5
88 University of Central Lancashire 72.4
89 Edinburgh Napier University 72.1
90 University of Bradford 72.0
91 Kingston University 71.8
92 Staffordshire University 71.5
93 University of Northampton 71.4
94 Birmingham City University 71.1
95 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 70.9
96 Anglia Ruskin University 70.6
97 Ulster University 70.4
98 University of East London 70.3
=99 University of Cumbria 70.1
=99 Cardiff Metropolitan University 70.1
101 University of South Wales 70.0
102 Bucks New University 69.7
103 University of Westminster 69.1
104 Middlesex University 68.9
105 University of West London 68.6
106 University of the Arts London 67.8
107 University of Greenwich 66.7
108 University of Wolverhampton 66.6
=109 London School of Economics and Political Science 66.4
=109 City University, London 66.4
111 London South Bank University 65.8
112 London Metropolitan University 65.6
113 University of Bedfordshire 65.1
114 Norwich University of the Arts 64.6
115 University of the West of Scotland 62.0
116 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) 59.1

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