LEEDS University has finished just outside the top ten in the country in a new “student quality of life” survey.
The research looked at a series of factors including academic excellence, accommodation costs, sports facilities, students’ earning potential and crime rates in each local area.
Leeds was ranked 12th in the poll nationally and the second highest in Yorkshire.
The university’s marketing director Martin Holmes said: “The University of Leeds prides itself on providing a great student experience, so it’s good to hear our students are enjoying and valuing their time with us.”
Leeds Metropolitan was also ranked in the top 30 nationally.
The study has been carried out by Lloyds Bank.
Durham University took the top spot and was followed by Loughborough, Cambridge, Newcastle and Oxford. Nine out of 10 students at Durham were happy with their course according to the research, scoring more highly than the average of 85 per cent across the study.
Durham was found to hold some of the best sporting facilities while its students also rated their social lives as among the best in Britain. Crime rates in Durham were the lowest in the survey, with a rate of 0.88 incidents per 1,000 residents.
The survey published today aims to measure where student satisfaction and living standards are highest by ranking universities using a range of indicators.
It used data from the National Student Survey measuring satisfaction of people with both their course and university along with figures from The Higher Education Funding Council for England) on average accommodation costs and the salaries of graduates six months after finishing university.