Top UK Cities for 2022

The best student cities in the UK, based on reviews collected this year.


1. London

Thanks to the sheer volume of things to do, The Big Smoke is still the number one destination for students. With 18 different universities based all over the city, you're bound to make friends here wherever you end up.

2. Manchester

Manchester is a wonderful city to study in. There's plenty to do in town during the day, with vibrant neighbourhoods like the Northern Quarter teeming with action. Thanks to powerhouse venues like The Warehouse Project, the evenings more than pull their weight too.

3. Birmingham

The UK's second city is home to five different universities, making it a favourite for students from all academic backgrounds. If you head into Brum for a night out, it won't disappoint.

4. Nottingham

The second Midlands city on this list is another student favourite, both of its universities regularly get high scores in the satisfaction rankings. There's fun to be had by all in Nottingham.

5. Liverpool

Whether you're soaking in the beauty of the Three Graces or shaking a leg down on Seel Street, you're bound to love everything Liverpool has to offer. There isn't a city quite like this jewel on the Mersey.

6. Leeds

Leeds is a fun day out for any student. Its reputation as the 'Foodie capital of the North' means you're never likely to go hungry, while the city is teeming with life with trendy bars, cafés, and clubs.

7. Newcastle

Known all over the country thanks to the hit series Geordie Shore, the city of Newcastle has a much prettier side during the day.

The city centre is stunning and the locals are as friendly as they come.

8. Bristol

The city of Bristol lives up to its hip and happening reputation, with plenty to do for students.

With multiple galleries and a vibrant street art scene, you'll struggle to find a more creative place to study.

9. Brighton

Brighton has been a popular city among young people for generations. Nestled between a wonderful beach and the beautiful South Downs, you'll never get bored spending time on the Sussex coast. 

10. Sheffield

Sheffield is known as one of the UK's hilliest places to live, but don't let that put you off.

Students at both of the universities have rave reviews for the popular city.