06 Mar The Alternative UK University City League Table

We all know that the likes of Oxford and Cambridge regularly feature at the top of university league tables when it comes to student satisfaction and academic performance, but what about the other issues which matter to the students of today?

After all, it’s important to consider more than just the academic factors before making the choice of where to study.

For example, which city is the safest? And which is the most LGBTQ friendly? Here are our five individual ranking lists with a combined ranking to bring you the alternative UK university city league table.

Firstly (for those who simply want to see the overall outcomes of our research), here’s a look at how the UK’s top 37 university cities rank when combining third-party research across five areas:

 

For an insight into the individual league tables across the five areas, see below where you’ll also find information on where the data was sourced from.

City Crime Rate (Pts) Average Graduate Salary (Pts) Sustainability (Pts) Price Of A Pint (Pts) LGBTQ Friendliness (Pts) TOTAL
1. Exeter 26 27 37 32 35 157
2. Bradford 16 23 36 32 26 133
3. Bristol 12 33 30 25 30 130
4=. Lancaster 23 27 13 29 35 127
4=. Sheffield 20 20 22 33 32 127
5. Glasgow 32 28 8 30 27 125
6. Oxford 30 36 21 3 32 122
7. Cambridge 28 37 18 10 26 119
8. Nottingham 4 30 32 24 26 116
9. Guildford 33 20 23 1 37 114
10=. Aberdeen 36 29 3 15 26 109
10=. Leeds 11 23 20 36 19 109
11. York 31 12 12 23 30 108
12. Canterbury 29 6 26 9 37 107
13. Reading 24 34 27 7 14 106
14=. Coventry 13 7 34 36 14 104
14=. Swansea 25 3 35 34 7 104
15. Bath 35 27 7 15 19 103
16. Brighton 22 10 29 8 30 99
17=. Cardiff 18 9 28 23 20 98
17=. Edinburgh 27 31 24 6 10 98
18. Manchester 3 35 14 21 19 92
19. Hull 5 20 1 37 26 89
20. Leicester 11 23 33 12 9 88
21. Newcastle 20 8 31 21 6 86
22. Birmingham 8 20 19 27 11 85
23. Dundee 37 14 2 26 1 80
24=. Derby 9 2 17 16 35 79
24=. Liverpool 6 24 5 29 15 79
24=. Winchester 35 1 15 2 26 79
25. Bournemouth 21 20 25 5 4 75
26. Plymouth 14 4 16 21 19 74
27. Norwich 17 20 6 15 4 62
28. Southampton 7 14 11 11 14 57
29. London 1 32 10 5 8 56
30. Lincoln 15 6 9 21 4 55
31. Belfast 2 12 4 21 5 44

 

CRIME RATE

Using the most recent statistics from The Complete University Guide, we’ve looked at which university cities have the lowest number of burglaries, robberies and violent crimes per 1,000 of the population, over a three-year period.

Ranking

City

Incidents
Per 1,000 Residents

Points

1

Dundee

4.6

37

2

Aberdeen

5.5

36

3=

Winchester

6.2

35

3=

Bath

6.2

35

4

Guildford

6.5

33

5

Glasgow

6.7

32

6

York

8.5

31

7

Oxford

8.6

30

8

Canterbury

9.5

29

9

Cambridge

9.8

28

10

Edinburgh

10.0

27

11

Exeter

10.3

26

12

Swansea

11.0

25

13

Reading

11.1

24

14

Lancaster

11.3

23

15

Brighton

11.4

22

16

Bournemouth

12.6

21

17=

Newcastle

12.8

20

17=

Sheffield

12.8

20

18

Cardiff

13.0

18

19

Norwich

13.1

17

20

Bradford

13.3

16

21=

Lincoln

13.4

15

21=

Plymouth

13.4

14

22

Coventry

13.5

13

23

Bristol

14.2

12

24=

Leicester

14.4

11

24=

Leeds

14.4

11

25

Derby

15.1

9

26

Birmingham

15.5

8

27

Southampton

16.4

7

28

Liverpool

16.5

6

29

Hull

18.1

5

30

Nottingham

20.9

4

31

Manchester

21.4

3

32

Belfast

22.9

2

33

London

36.9

1

glasgow

 

AVERAGE GRADUATE SALARY

Using the crowdsourced salary data from Emolument, we looked at the average salary of graduates from each of the universities in our 37 cities.

Ranking

City

Average Salary

Points

1

Cambridge

£69,000

37

2

Oxford

£56,000

36

3

Manchester

£54,667

35

4

Reading

£52,000

34

5

Bristol

£47,667

33

6

London

£46,357

32

7

Edinburgh

£45,667

31

8

Nottingham

£44,500

30

9

Aberdeen

£44,000

29

10

Glasgow

£43,667

28

11=

Bath

£43,000

27

11=

Exeter

£43,000

27

11=

Lancaster

£43,000

27

12

Liverpool

£41,500

24

13=

Bradford

£41,000

23

13=

Leicester

£41,000

23

13=

Leeds

£41,000

23

14=

Birmingham

£40,000

20

14=

Bournemouth

£40,000

20

14=

Hull

£40,000

20

14=

Sheffield

£40,000

20

14=

Guildford

£40,000

20

14=

Norwich

£40,000

20

15=

Dundee

£39,500

14

15=

Southampton

£39,500

14

16=

York

£38,000

12

16=

Belfast

£38,000

12

17

Brighton

£37,500

10

18

Cardiff

£37,000

9

19

Newcastle

£36,500

8

20

Coventry

£36,000

7

21

Canterbury

£35,000

6

21=

Lincoln

£35,000

6

22=

Plymouth

£34,000

4

23

Swansea

£31,500

3

24

Derby

£31,000

2

25

Winchester

£29,000

1

 

Sustainability

The People & Planet University League looks at universities environmental and ethical performance, giving them a percentage score based on factors such as environmental policies, workers’ rights and sustainable food.

Ranking

City

Sustainability Score

Points

1

Exeter

62.10%

37

2

Bradford

60.60%

36

3

Swansea

59.85%

35

4

Coventry

59.50%

34

5

Leicester

58.60%

33

6

Nottingham

57.50%

32

7

Newcastle

57.35%

31

8

Bristol

56.36%

30

9

Brighton

56.06%

29

10

Cardiff

51.83%

28

11

Reading

51.60%

27

12

Canterbury

50.10%

26

13

Bournemouth

49.35%

25

14=

Edinburgh

46.00%

24

14=

Guildford

46.00%

24

16

Sheffield

45.85%

22

17

Oxford

43.70%

21

18

Leeds

43.00%

20

19

Birmingham

42.38%

19

20

Cambridge

42.30%

18

21

Derby

41.60%

17

22

Plymouth

41.05%

16

23

Winchester

38.70%

15

24=

Manchester

38.40%

14

24=

Lancaster

38.40%

13

25

York

37.65%

12

26

Southampton

36.60%

11

27

London

34.48%

10

28

Lincoln

33.50%

9

29

Glasgow

33.27%

8

30

Bath

33.25%

7

31

Norwich

32.60%

6

32

Liverpool

31.53%

5

33

Belfast

28.68%

4

34

Aberdeen

27.60%

3

35

Dundee

24.60%

2

36

Hull

23.00%

1

 

Price Of A Pint

Using data from pintprice.com, we’ve compiled the average price of a pint of lager in each of the 37 cities we’re looking at. (Bear in mind that the national average was £3!)

Ranking

City

Average Pint Price

Points

1

Hull

£2.40

37

2=

Coventry

£2.50

36

2=

Leeds

£2.50

36

3

Swansea

£2.60

34

4

Sheffield

£2.70

33

5=

Bradford

£2.72

32

5=

Exeter

£2.72

32

6

Glasgow

£2.75

30

7=

Lancaster

£2.80

29

7=

Liverpool

£2.80

29

8

Birmingham

£2.87

27

9

Dundee

£2.92

26

10

Bristol

£2.95

25

11

Nottingham

£2.98

24

12=

Cardiff

£3.00

23

12=

York

£3.00

23

13=

Belfast

£3.10

21

13=

Lincoln

£3.10

21

13=

Manchester

£3.10

21

13=

Newcastle

£3.10

21

13=

Plymouth

£3.10

21

14

Derby

£3.15

16

15=

Aberdeen

£3.20

15

15=

Bath

£3.20

15

15=

Norwich

£3.20

15

16

Leicester

£3.22

12

17

Southampton

£3.30

11

18

Cambridge

£3.36

10

19

Canterbury

£3.40

9

20

Brighton

£3.45

8

21

Reading

£3.47

7

22

Edinburgh

£3.55

6

23=

Bournemouth

£3.90

5

23=

London

£3.90

5

24

Oxford

£4.00

3

25

Winchester

£4.30

2

26

Guildford

£4.50

1

 

LGBTQ Friendly

In recent years the LGBTQ charity Stonewall has produced a university guide highlighting the institutions which are the most LGBTQ friendly, based on a ten-point checklist covering factors such as whether they have an LGBTQ society and what other sort of support and resources are available.

Unfortunately, they haven’t published a guide for 2017 so we’ve used the most recent data available.

(Bear in mind that Stonewall scored the universities and not the cities themselves, so a low score doesn’t necessarily mean the city doesn’t have a great gay scene outside of the university.)

Ranking

City

LGBTQ Friendliness

Points

1=

Canterbury

9

37

1=

Guildford

9

37

2=

Lancaster

8

35

2=

Derby

8

35

2=

Exeter

8

35

3=

Oxford

7.5

32

3=

Sheffield

7.5

32

4=

Brighton

7

30

4=

Bristol

7

30

4=

York

7

30

5

Glasgow

6.33

27

6=

Aberdeen

6

26

6=

Cambridge

6

26

6=

Badford

6

26

6=

Nottingham

6

26

6=

Hull

6

26

6=

Winchester

6

26

7

Cardiff

5.66

20

8=

Bath

5.5

19

8=

Manchester

5.5

19

8=

Plymouth

5.5

19

8=

Leeds

5.5

19

9

Liverpool

5.25

15

10=

Coventry

5

14

10=

Reading

5

14

10=

Southampton

5

14

11

Birmingham

4.75

11

12

Edinburgh

4.66

10

13

Leicester

4.5

9

14

London

4.37

8

15

Swansea

4.33

7

16

Newcastle

4

6

17

Belfast

3.5

5

18=

Bournemouth

3

4

18=

Norwich

3

4

18=

Lincoln

3

4

19

Dundee

2.5

1

 


So there you go. A detailed look at five alternative ranking factors for those considering the right university city to study in.

We were certainly surprised at some of the results, however it’s great to see that, when it comes to looking at those factors which matter to millennial students, it’s not the cities you’d expect which come out top.

James Brockbank

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