Top 50 student accommodation halls in the UK

Deciding where to live at university? Check out this rundown of the top 50 student halls in the UK, as reviewed by students 

July 17 2017
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Making the right choice of where to live at university could make the difference between making life long friends or having your cheese stolen from the fridge. 

Although you cannot be sure which of the above you'll end up with before you move in, there are other factors to take into account when choosing your university accommodation such as value, location, and sociability. 

To help with this, StudentCrowd analysed 10,834 reviews by students and graduates of the halls that they lived in while at university.

The breakdown of the overall score of each of the halls was based on the following criteria (unfortunately number of cheese thieves isn't one of them - but these are still helpful guidance points):

  • Value for money
  • Location
  • Management
  • Cleanliness
  • Social Space/ Communal Areas
  • Social Activity/ Events
  • WiFi

Students were asked to rate their halls between one to five stars for each of these criteria. 

All of the universities in the top 10 are located in the Midlands, north of England and Scotland, with only a handful of universities in London and the south featuring in the top 50 as a whole. Universities in the south that do feature include the University of Reading, the University of Exeter and the University of Bath

Best university halls in the UK

Ranking Halls/Accommodation University
1 Falkner Eggington Loughborough University
2 St Regulus Hall  University of St Andrews
3 Nightingale Hall University of Nottingham
4 Josephine Butler College Durham University
5 McIntosh Hall  University of St Andrews
6 John Burnet Hall University of St Andrews
7 Grizedale College  Lancaster University
8 Harry French Hall  Loughborough University
9 Stephenson Hall  University of Sheffield
10 Park Terrace Newcastle University
11 Langwith College University of York
12 University College  Durham University
13 St Salvator's Hall  University of St Andrews
14 John Snow College  Durham University
15 Stephenson College Durham University
16 James College University of York
17 St Pancras Way  University College London
18 Trevelyan College  Durham University
19 William Murdoch   Aston University
20 St Christopher's Court  University of Derby
21 Wessex Hall   University of Reading
22 Holland Hall  University of Exeter
23 Chancellors Court  Edge Hill University
24 William Morris Loughborough University
25 Furness College Lancaster University
26 Liberty Cambrian Point Cardiff University
27 Yarncliffe Apartments  University of Sheffield
28 Derwent College  University of York
29 The Quads  University of Bath
30 Norfolk Terrace University of East Anglia
31 Telford   Loughborough University
32 Lafrowda University of Exeter
33 Cripps Hall   University of Nottingham
34 County College  Lancaster University
35 Rootes  University of Warwick
36 Froggatt Apartments University of Sheffield
37 Hatfield College  Durham University
38 New Bridge Street Northumbria University
39 Park Court  University of Lincoln
40 Gowar Halls  Royal Holloway, University of London
41 Denmark Road  University of Manchester
42 Queen's Road Student Village  University of Winchester
43 Royce   Loughborough University
44 Fylde College  Lancaster University
45 Norwood House  University of Bath
46 The Meadows  University of Essex
47 Van Mildert College  Durham University
48 Bluebell  University of Warwick
49 Fferm Penglais Aberystwyth University
50 Keynes College  University of Kent

Read more: Student Experience Survey 2017: the best UK universities for accommodation

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