Top 10 Student Cities In The UK
Last updated 07/02/2019
Newcastle University and Northumbria University students rated their city the best student location in the UK. Whilst Newcastle scored highly across all review categories, students were particularly impressed by the city’s vibrant nightlife - including student-favourite trebles bars and independent music venues - and its plethora of spots for eating out.
From the Tyne to the Mersey; Liverpool takes silver as the second-best city for students. Liverpool students deemed the city’s nightlife as its outstanding feature - perhaps unsurprisingly, Liverpool Concert Square is rated the best nightlife venue in the UK by Student Hut users. With a cultural heritage to match a contemporary ‘buzz’, Liverpool rightfully takes second place.
The visible remnants of Sheffield’s industrial past belie a warm, community-feel that so impressed Sheffield students - earning the city a spot in the top 3. A vibrant network of clubs and venues nurtures a healthy local music scene, whilst the nearby Peak District houses some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the UK.
With an estimated 99,000 students in the Greater Manchester region, Manchester is one of the most populous - and popular - student locations in the country. The Metrolink tram network earned the city a 4.5 rating for transport and super-clubs such as The Warehouse Project a 4.6 for nightlife. The dining out experience in Manchester is also second-to-none, with restaurants offering food originating from the Iberian Peninsula to East Asia.
For a well-rounded student experience, students can do far worse than Leeds. Scoring well for nightlife, shopping and eating out, Leeds truly has something for every student. Despite having all the trappings of a large city, green spaces are easily accessible - be it Woodhouse Moor in the city centre or the Yorkshire Dales to the north-west.
The cheerful seaside town ranks as the best student location in the south of England; sixth overall. With stunning pier-side restaurants, students from the University of Sussex and University of Brighton gave the city a commendable 4.7 rating for eating out. In addition, they thoroughly enjoy Brighton’s nightlife (4.6). Noticeably, there is an encouraging number of LGBTQ+ venues on offer, such as student-favourite Club Revenge.
Evidently, biggest does not mean best, but the UK capital still ranks at a highly respectable seventh place in the Student Hut League table. The Transport For London transport system - making the entirety of Greater London accessible at the touch of a card - earns the city an impressive rating for transport (4.6). However, the high cost of living in London is reflected by the 3.4 rating for value for money - lowest among the top ten.
Norwich is a great location to study at. The city is a mixture of old and new. With the castle and cathedral in the centre surrounded by two shopping centres, Chapelfields and Castle Mall and a variety of other shops including all that you can find in the lanes. There’s something for everyone from trampoline parks to three different cinemas. The variety of pubs and places to eat are vast with vegan options and cafes to sit and get lost in your work.
The UEA campus itself is location only 20 minutes from the city with buses running regularly. The campus has its own lake with fields of horses behind and bunnies hopping around the campus. There are lots of places to eat and lots of things to do for around £10 which is good value for money. The only thing that needs improving is the nightlife. The bars and pubs are good, loft is a good night - with cheap drinks and karaoke! The only thing is you have to get there early enough or you won’t get in at all.
Bringing up the rear of the league table is the only Welsh location in the top ten: Cardiff. Often draped in Welsh national flags, Cardiff's community spirit (particularly during international rugby games) is reflected in the written reviews by students. The city centre houses three impressive shopping centres (St David’s, Capitol Centre and Queens Arcade) and a healthy range of reasonably-priced nightclubs and bars.
Bristol earns the final spot in the Student Hut top ten. Home to a number of fiercely independent cafes and restaurants, students rated Bristol highly for eating out. The city offers a range of clubbing options, from superclub Motion to a converted-ship-cum-venue, Thekla. A vibrant arts scene, as well as beautiful natural surroundings ripe for exploration, earned Bristol a 4.4 rating in the entertainment category.