Did your university make it to the top 10 this year? Here’s where you can find out, according to reviews from the students themselves, in the official Student Hut top 10 (drum roll please…..).
1. Imperial College London (4.3/5 stars)
Fact File: Founded in 1907, this university offers degrees geared for the science-y types, focused on science, engineering, medicine and business, to 17,000 students. It is the most international university in the UK, and the fifth most international university in the word. Notable alumni include astronaut Marc Garneau and astrophysicist and lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May.
What the Students Say: ‘Imperial had many societies to offer and its rankings speak for itself in regards to the teaching. Despite the halls being expensive, the sense of community is great and, mostly, good distances from the teaching campuses.’
2. The University of St Andrews (4.4/5 stars)
Fact File: St Andrew’s University is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has some claims to fame which are not to be sniffed at, as the first Scottish university to admit women undergraduates in 1892, and the first designated students’ union in Britain. It is one of the smaller universities, with only 7,000 students coming each year, so if you would prefer a cosy and intimate university environment, St Andrew’s is the place for you. Famous alumni include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
What the Students Say: ‘Amazing university. Situated in a quiet historic Scottish town. Small size guarantees its support to every student tailored to their needs.’
3. Nottingham Trent University (4.1/5 stars)
Fact File: As one of the two Nottingham Universities, the 27,000 students at Nottingham Trent University contribute to making it a city with one of the youngest populations in the UK. It is also one of the greenest Universities in the world, having been awarded Green Flags for sustainability for their Brackenhurst and Clifton campuses. Notable alumni include England Rugby player Nick Easter and GB Hockey players Crista Cullen and Alistair Wilson.
What the Students Say: ‘Such a good uni. Such amazing support, facilities and staff. I literally have no complaints. The campuses are all really lovely, the libraries are fantastic, the open door policy and the mental health support are amazing.’
4. King’s College London
Fact File: As the fourth oldest university in England, King’s College London is known for its humanities, sciences and social sciences courses. It has 5 campuses dotted across London and takes in a whopping 30,000 and has over 8,000 staff. Notable alumni include author Michael Morpurgo and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
What the Students Say: ‘Great campus location right in the middle of London so easy connections! Teaching staff are all friendly and helpful.’
5. The University of Leeds
Fact File: Nestled in the Yorkshire moors, the University of Leeds has so much more to offer than just edgy vibes. Claiming the title of University of the Year in 2017, 89% of final year Leeds students said that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course that very same year. If you are a budding entrepreneur, Leeds may be the place for you, as they won the Entrepreneurship award at the Guardian University Awards 2016, and their ‘Spark’ initiative offers business start-up support. They run an annual business plan competition with prizes of up to £2,000 for entrepreneurial students. Famous alumni include actor Chris Pine and Bastille member Kyle Simmons.
What the Students Say: ‘Good range of joint honours courses, good quality of lecture record, good range of careers events. Feel like I am getting my money’s worth. Really like the goals of the university in terms of the future and sustainability.’
6. The University of Exeter (4.1/5 stars)
Fact File: The University of Exeter is at the forefront for student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey. It also boasts the former titles of The Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015 -16 and the Sunday Times University of the Year 2012/13. With its three stunning campuses located in Exeter and Cornwall, this uni is perfect for those who fancy a beach party or two. Famous alumni include J.K. Rowling and Thom Yorke.
What the Students Say: ‘The campus is lovely and green. The facilities are very up to date and high quality. My course (modern languages) has offered a lot of contact time and has very good teachers. The year abroad options offered to me were very good and well organised.’
7. The University of Nottingham (4.1/5 stars)
Fact File: This is the second Nottingham-based university to make it into the top 10 and an equally impressive contender. Ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’ (meaning the quality of research and number of acclaimed research-active staff), more than 80% of Nottingham research is recognised as ‘world-reading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This high level of prestige made it good enough for the likes of author D.H. Lawrence and Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6.
What the Students Say: ‘The campus is absolutely beautiful and has everything you need. It’s a great place to live, especially in first year when everything is new. The facilities are amazing and there is great support if you need any help.’
8. The University of Oxford (4.2/5 stars)
Fact File: As one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Oxford has many claims to fame. This university was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017 and 18 and has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country. However, to attend a uni with a track record like this, the stakes are high, as Oxford receives, on average, nearly 6 applicants for each available place. Famous alumni include Professor Stephen Hawking and Emma Watson.
What the Students Say: ‘The university itself is absolutely gorgeous. The buildings are beautiful and Oxford as a city is a lovely place to study. The university is making a concerted effort to appeal to more state school students (as one myself I have never experienced any form of discrimination from the university or any other students, and in fact went to a free summer school for state school students prior to my application). The LGBTQ scene is fantastic also. The only negatives are the sports facilities are located a little out of the main city which makes them not incredibly accessible to many. However, the rowing facilities are fantastic.’
9. The University of Birmingham (4.1/5 stars)
Fact File: Coming in at number 9 is the University of Birmingham, who has many firsts in their name, as the first university to create a student’s union building, provide a women’s hall of residence, and offer a sporting option for all students. Famous alumni include comedian Chris Addison and actor Matthew Goode.
What their Students Say: ‘This university is next to none, great links with the local communities and all that Birmingham has to offer. Many departments feel like close knit families.’
10. The University of York
Fact File: Founded in 1963 with just 230 students, the University of York has expanded to accommodate thousands of students in the picturesque city of York. Notable alumni include Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the Prime Minister and President of Portugal as well as over 15 members of the UK parliament.
What the students say: A wonderful university in the heart of a lovely city. Course leaders are so helpful and STYC support as a fresher is so important and helpful.
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