Choosing your university is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. You’re committing to spending at least three years there and your decision can have a massive impact on your life. So, naturally, researching it and making the most informed decision possible is a good thing to do. League tables are a good way of doing this. While it won’t tell you how you’d feel at that uni, the experiences of current students can be a helpful indicator of what your experience could be like. Specifically, looking at levels of student satisfaction can be useful. If other people are happy at that uni, then you could be too! So, these are some of the universities with the happiest students in the UK, using The Complete University Guide’s rankings.
Just a reminder – these are just rankings. There is no definitive, completely subjective way of measuring which university has the happiest students. What makes one person happy may not be the same for another. So, if you’re exclusively using any kind of rankings to make your decision, including this article, don’t!
One of the top universities in the country, it’s no surprise to see St Andrews on this list. With an 85% student satisfaction rate on The Complete University Guide’s rankings, it’s not surprising that St Andrews is at the top of the list. It’s a small university, with about 10,000 students in total in 2021-2022 (about 8,000 undergrad and 2,000 postgrad). The large international community means that you’d be bound to meet people from across the world. And, thanks to the Scottish university system, students are able to study a number of different subjects before concentrating exclusively on one, unlike in the rest of the country. What more could you want?
Wrexham Glyndwr University
A small university in the northwest of Wales, you may be a little surprised to see Glyndwr on this list. But, it is the university with the highest student satisfaction ranking in England and Wales. It also ranks first in three different subject areas – agriculture and forestry, nursing and sociology. With an 82% student satisfaction rating, it was also ranked first in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 for social inclusion. Providing a supportive, inclusive environment for all, no matter their background or upbringing is obviously a great thing.
Another small university in Wales. Maybe that’s a sign. Aberystwyth has won a number of different awards, including: top 10 university for student life, lectures and teaching quality in the 2022 WhatUni? Student Choice Awards. It was also named the University of the Year for teaching quality in the Good University Guide in 2018 and 2019. With an 82% student satisfaction rating on The Complete University Guide’s list, it’s clear that Aberystwyth is doing something right for its students.
London Metropolitan University
Next on our list is London Metropolitan University and it’s rare to see a London uni do so well with student satisfaction. However, at 81%, it seems that students at this uni are some of the happiest in the UK. This city uni is made up of five schools. These comprise of The School of Art, Architecture and Design, Guildhall School of Business and Law and The School of Computing and Digital Media. There’s also the School of Human Sciences and the School of Social Sciences and Professions. All students studying at the uni have access to a range of communal facilities such as libraries, social spaces, cafes and eateries.
Plymouth Marjon University
The top school in England on The Complete University Guide’s ratings, also with an 82% student satisfaction rating, Plymouth Marjon is another small school that’s doing something right. It’s a university that prides itself on the idea of “the Marjon family”. Its quiet, green and spacious campus provides a calm environment for students while studying. The awards back this up, as Marjon was ranked as the #1 university in England for teaching quality by the Good University Guide in 2022 and the #1 uni in England for learning community by the National Student Survey in 2021.
So, there you have it. These are some of the universities with the happiest students in the country. While there’s clearly no one subjective way of measuring happiness, it’s clear that these four universities are doing something right for their students.