When it comes to choosing a university, generally we look at the leader boards, the pass rate, the likelihood of getting a graduate job… but something that’s not really top of our list is the night life. However, when you finally get to your uni and you realise that the only place you can go is a Wetherspoons that’s a 15 minute taxi away, you might start wishing that you’d done a bit more research.
Luckily for us, Which? has delved deep into what makes a good night out, and come up with the list of the top five universities that make for a belting night out. trust me, when you’ve been studying for two weeks straight – you’ll be glad that you looked into this.
The site surveyed more than 11,000 students to come up with these top five, with at least 30 people from each university having their say.
In alphabetic order –
- University of Liverpool
- Liverpool John Moores University
- Newcastle University
- Northumbria University
- University of Strathclyde
Strangely, there’s no outright winner, so it looks like these top five were too close to call.
Speaking to students from the different areas, Which? managed to get a decent insight into what a night out in their city is like.
One first year University of Liverpool student said: “The nightlife is the best that I’ve ever seen. It beats Malia, Leeds, Newcastle and probably loads others. In Liverpool, Concert Square is the centre of the nightlife on most nights, as this then branches off into the bigger clubs down the streets adjacent to it.”
A fourth year LJMU student said: “Liverpool has a huge variety of clubs/pubs etc which are all very close to each other. Most are within walking distance (so no need for excessive taxi rides like Birmingham and similar places).”
A first year student at Newcastle said: “I would take them to Bierkeller and get them to sing cheesy songs from the 2000s while dancing on the tables, because we’re millennials and singing to Take That and [doing] the macarena has been ingrained in our psyche.”
A Northumbria first year said: “Taxis to and from accommodation are dead cheap, and so are the drinks and entry fees. Remember to put your name on guest lists! Loads of different bars with no entry fees (to save money) eg Sinners, Bierkeller, Gotham (for killer trebles), Sam Jacks… The list goes on! I LOVE the nightlife here. You will never be bored and you can be confident there will ALWAYS be something on every single night of the week.”
And finally, a Strathclyde first year said: “The nightlife around Strathclyde is some of the best you’ll find in Scotland. It is in the centre of Glasgow so it is really just everything that the centre of Glasgow has to offer.”
So there you have it. If you want a great night out, you’re best off heading up north.
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