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Top 10 Universities with the Best Campus Life in the UK and USA
When you’re searching for a university abroad, you have high chances of also being charmed by the entire campus that it has. You may be looking forward to the beginning of your Bachelor or Master studies, meeting your future colleagues and enjoying student life in an international environment. While many university websites advertise their attractive city experience, you won’t have the complete experience until you learn about all the fun you can have while living on campus.
After your classes end, you will have the time to explore and enjoy the relaxing part of being an international student. Below you will find some of the most impressive, unique and charming options you have for spending your leisure time.
Have you ever asked yourself about which are the universities where you can have the most fun on campus? Most statistics and rankings are mainly focused on academic performance, research or internationality.
What to expect from a great campus life experience at university?
Many of the university campuses include “basic” facilities that are meant to entertain and offer to students as many options as possible. So, before you plan your free time on campus, you should know what to expect from your university abroad.
The first things you think of, when you hear of a university campus are the accommodation and learning and research facilities. But these are not exactly opportunities for your free time, but rather options that help you learn. The most common entertainment options you can find on campus are:
- Event halls where you will enjoy performances of students, cultural experiences, and even movies. Also, many universities organize annual festivals that are popular among students.
- Cafes and pubs are common in campuses. Students often meet in the university café and enjoy a lunch or even a coffee. These are usually cheap and often full of clients.
- Athletics fields and gyms. Sport is important for students and universities understand this. Students can practice their favorite sport without leaving the campus and can participate in local championships and other sports-related events.
- Shopping areas. On campus, students find shops with souvenirs, university-personalized products, and even clothes or magazines. Shops are also popular among students.
- Student unions, sororities, and fraternities. Students get to make new friendships, some of which will last a lifetime.
The most impressive universities in the UK and their campuses
The Telegraph has compiled a top with the most impressive universities in the UK, as voted by students. The main criterion for this chart is the quality of life, so students have chosen the most entertaining universities with their high-quality campuses.
- Loughborough University – 9/10 students in the university said their social life is the best in Britain
- University of Bath – Over 94% of the students are satisfied with their social live and employment
- Durham University – Students fully appreciate social life in this university, since it includes the cheapest shops and bars.
- Newcastle University – Quality of student life is helping this university and its campus to constantly evolve.
- University of Glasgow – A fun student life is followed by pretty good salaries, with this university.
- University of Cambridge – Prestige and quality of life brought this university in the top 10.
- Northumbria University – Low prices and high impact of social life, these are the main characteristics of the largest university in the North East of England.
- University of Oxford – This higher education institution is already notorious and has a constant presence in this chart.
- University of Dundee – Here you will find the cheapest shops, bars, and amenities.
- University of Exeter – This university is becoming more and more popular among British and international students.
America’s most fun colleges with the happiest students
The four years you will spend in the USA for a Bachelor’s degree course have to be also fun in addition to getting a top international higher education. Even if college life generally means a lot of entertainment, there are some higher education institutions that rank high in terms of student fun in the USA. Business Insider developed a chart with the most entertaining colleges of America:
- Pennsylvania State University — Parties, events in bars and game days are common in this institution and students enjoy them.
- University of Iowa – The Greek community in the university makes student events even more fun.
- University of Florida – Fraternities, sororities and sports are the most popular characteristics of this institution.
- Syracuse University – Students are highly attracted by the university’s sports events.
- West Virginia University – Famous for its FallFest concert, the university is famous for the way it entertains its students.
- Clemson University – Fraternities and sororities are the responsible ones for students’ entertainment.
- University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign – The university’s major party, “Unofficial”, is an attraction and a delight for students.
- Florida State University – Students often enjoy sports and outdoor parties.
- Ohio University – Here, the parties even have a nickname – “fests”. The largest of their kind are Palmerfest and #fest.
- University of California, Santa Barbara – The university with a private beach is famous for its events.
Student life is an unforgettable period of your life, especially if you study abroad. Discover everything that your campus offers and, maybe, you also have the chance to gain a new hobby. Begin searching for your university and also check out its campus!