Best Quality of Life? That’s what Durham Students Enjoy

Durham has come out top in a Survey of 91 UK Universities. The Reports suggest students at Durham have the best quality of life.

Durham students, ranked 5th in the ‘Complete University Guide’ this year. They not only count their social lives as amongst the best in Brtain, but they also enjoy a figure of 92% graduate employment (figures taken from Lloyds Bank PLC’s quality of life Survey).

As well as a booming social scene, Durham students are the safest in the country with only 0.88 incidents reported per 1,000 residents.

However, student accommodation in the historic town is among the most expensive in the country, excluding London, with students paying on average £3,730 for year’s private let.

Loughborough, Cambridge, Newcastle and Oxford also scored highly in the survey, which considered crime rates, social life, sports facilities and employment potential in 91 of the UK’s universities.

A mixture of older institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford, alongside younger universities in larger cities, such as Newcastle and Sheffield, made the top ten.

Nitesh Patel, an economist from Lloyds, stated: “They all score well on course satisfaction, good employment prospects and high salaries. Many of them are also rated highly for a good social life, particularly in the provincial cities in the north.”

University of Bath students rated their degree satisfaction highest, with 96% stating their satisfaction with the quality of their course, 11% above the national average of 85%.

Despite students in Manchester having perhaps the greatest choice of drinking establishments, with nearly 250 different pubs to sample. Students in Newcastle and Sheffield reported the highest satisfaction with their social lives.

Important factors measuring student quality of life in the survey were employability and potential future earnings.

Despite neither making the top 30, Glasgow Caledonian University could boast that 96% of its 2010/11 graduates were either working or in further education, while the median salary for graduates from the London School of Economics was measured at £27,388, making its graduates the best earners.

Bath, Birmingham, Durham, and Loughborough all ranked highly for their sporting prowess, measured by the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) overall championship, which was taken to be indicative of their sports facilities. This year’s BUCS league places Loughborough in first position with Durham and Birmingham close behind.

Bank University Quality of Life Rankings – the top 30 Universities 2013

1)      University of Durham, Durham

2)      Loughborough University, Loughborough

3)      University of Cambridge, Cambridge

4)      University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle

5)      University of Oxford, Oxford

6)      University of Bath, Bath

7)      University of Nottingham, Nottingham

8)      University of Manchester, Manchester

9)      University of Sheffield, Sheffield

10)   Swansea University, Swansea

11)   University of Northumbria, Newcastle

12)   University of Leeds, Leeds

13)   University of Birmingham, Birmingham

14)   University of Exeter, Exeter

15)   University of Warwick, Coventry

16)   University of Bristol, Bristol

17)   Keele University, Keele

18)   University of East Anglia, Norwich

19)   Lancaster University, Lancaster

20)   University of Southampton, Southampton

21)   Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff

22)   University of Reading, Reading

23)   University of Liverpool, Liverpool

24)   Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

25)   University of York, York

26)   University of Chester, Chester

27)   Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

28)   University of Kent, Canterbury

29)   York St John University, York

30)   University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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