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Which universities have the best nightlife?

11th September 2013
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It’s a question that is high in most students’ minds when they’re choosing where to go for university: which city is the best for nights out?

The immediate thought might be London – with over eight million residents, multiple universities and new venues opening all the time to satisfy their needs it stands to reason that the capital would provide the best social life for students, doesn’t it?

Don’t be too quick to jump to that conclusion, though. Survey results released today have revealed that, if you want to have a party fuelled university experience, you should head north – and maybe even to Scotland.

Which? has revealed that students at Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Northumbria, Leeds, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian universities can expect the best and most diverse nights out.

A total of 17,657 students were asked about the clubs, pubs and music venues in their cities between the summers of 2012 and 2013.  

Sussex University was the only southern institution to make it into the list, gaining recognition for its proximity to the “buzzing nightlife of Brighton.”

Manchester was praised for the atmosphere of student hub Fallowfield, whilst those studying in Liverpool can look forward to varied evenings, “ranging from quiet acoustic sets in pubs to massive sell-out concerts in the Echo Arena.”

One Leeds student commented that “There is literally something for everyone, and there's not one night of the week when there isn't much going on. You can go to clubs, bars, karaoke, bowling, cinema, restaurants, shows, gigs, talks, and so so much more. The transport for those students living in halls a bus journey away from uni is very good.”

Newcastle students can expect “great nightlife, not just for clubbing (though there are lots of those to choose from!) but other stuff as well such as cinema, late swimming, quiz nights,” according to a first year management student.

North of the border, Glasgow and Strathclyde were both praised for offering alternative nights that varied from regular mainstream offerings.

See the full results here.




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