Lloyds Bank

Durham Students top of the pile in first University Quality of Student Life Survey

28 September 2013

With students returning to university after the summer break, the first University Quality of Student Life Survey by Lloyds Bank has found that students at Durham University have the best quality of life. The survey aims to quantify where student satisfaction and living standards are highest by ranking individual institutions' performance across a range of indicators.

Durham University comes top by scoring consistently high in several categories:

  • Nine out of ten students are satisfied with their course, higher than the national average (85%)
  •  92% of final year graduates find employment (or carry on studying), with an annual full time median salary of £22,000
  • Durham holds some of the best sporting facilities amongst British universities, with Durham's sports clubs coming in at number two in the BUCs Overall Championship in 2012/13
  • Durham students rate their social life as one of the best in Britain, while living with the lowest crime rate in university towns
  • However, being a student in this historic city comes at a cost with some of most expensive accommodation (both university owned, sponsored and private rentals) amongst British universities

In second place is Loughborough University. Set in Leicestershire, this university scores heavily on sporting excellence. A total of 88% of students are satisfied with their course, while over 92% find employment or another course after graduating as well as students reporting high levels of satisfaction with their social life and value for money shops, bars and other amenities. Loughborough students also live in an area with a relatively low crime rate and on a night out, they have close to 100 bars and pubs to choose from.

Nitesh Patel, economist at Lloyds Bank, comments:
"Taking a wide range of indicators into account, students at Durham University enjoy the best quality of student life. Durham students are satisfied with the quality of their course, which appears to provide them with excellent employment prospects, but they also rate their social life highly and live in a low crime environment. On the downside, accommodation costs are on the high side.

"The top ten universities for the best quality of student life are a mix of the old, such as Oxford and Cambridge, and the relatively new such as Newcastle and Bath. They all score well on course satisfaction, good employment prospects and high salaries.  Many of they are also rated highly for a good social life, particularly in the provincial cities in the north."

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