# Finally, A University League Table Based On Things You Really Care About

When it comes to university league tables, it can often feel as though once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Rankings tend to be based on the same, traditional, academic factors, inevitably meaning the results very rarely change. Recognising that academic performance isn’t all students care about these days when researching where to study, digital marketing agency digitaloft have published The Alternative UK University City League Table, helping you decide where to study based on things which *really* matter to you.

Looking at factors important to students in 2017 including crime rates, average graduate salary, sustainability, LGBTQ friendliness and, of course, the price of a pint, they have produced a breakdown of great cities to study in that you might not have considered.

The agency behind the league table told us: “While there’s no denying that the academic performance of a university should be a core influence upon where a student chooses to study, it’s become clear in recent years that millennials are a switched-on generation who care about their wider society.

“Students are typically drawn into those universities which look the best on paper, however they aren’t always the best for them and their personalities.”

Here are the top 20.

**1. Exeter**

Price of a pint: £2.72 // Average graduate salary: £43,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 8

**2. Bradford**

Price of a pint: £2.72 // Average graduate salary: £41,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6

**3. Bristol**

Price of a pint: £2.95 // Average graduate salary: £47,667 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 7

**4=. Lancaster**

Price of a pint: £2.80 // Average graduate salary: £47,667 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 8

**4=. Sheffield**

Price of a pint: £2.70 // Average graduate salary: £40,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 7.5

**5. Glasgow**

Price of a pint: £2.75 // Average graduate salary: £43,667 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6.33

**6. Oxford**

Price of a pint: £4.00 // Average graduate salary: ££56,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 7.5

**7. Cambridge**

Price of a pint: £3.36 // Average graduate salary: £69,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6

**8. Nottingham**

Price of a pint: £2.98 // Average graduate salary: £44,500 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6

**9. Guildford**

Price of a pint: £4.50 // Average graduate salary: £40,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 9

**10=. Aberdeen**

Price of a pint: £3.20 // Average graduate salary: £44,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6

**10=. Leeds**

Price of a pint: £2.50 // Average graduate salary: £41,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5.5

**11. York**

Price of a pint: £3.00 // Average graduate salary: £38,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 9

**12. Canterbury**

Price of a pint: £3.40 // Average graduate salary: £35,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 7

**13. Reading**

Price of a pint: £3.47 // Average graduate salary: £52,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5

**14=. Coventry**

Price of a pint: £2.50 // Average graduate salary: £36,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5

**14=. Swansea**

Price of a pint: £2.60 // Average graduate salary: £31,500 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 4.33

**15. Bath**

Price of a pint: £3.20 // Average graduate salary: £43,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5.5

**16. Brighton**

Price of a pint: £3.45 // Average graduate salary: £37,500 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 7

**17=. Cardiff**

Price of a pint: £3.00 // Average graduate salary: £37,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5.66

**17=. Edinburgh**

Price of a pint: £3.55 // Average graduate salary: £45,667 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 4.66

**18. Manchester**

Price of a pint: £3.10 // Average graduate salary: £54,667 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 5.5

**19. Hull**

Price of a pint: £2.40 // Average graduate salary: £40,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 6

**20. Leicester**

Price of a pint: £3.22 // Average graduate salary: £41,000 // LGBTQ friendliness score out of 10: 4.5

You can view the complete table as well as a breakdown of all five areas of research here.