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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

haha Braddy vibes

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3. Bristol

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

uni is looking nice today

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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

The steel city 💪🏻💪🏻

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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

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7. Cambridge

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

#Cambridge #PhDing #PhDlife 📚✈

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8. Nottingham

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

This is why Nottingham is 100 times better than Derby… Those views 😍💕 #nottingham

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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

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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

A place I called, and still call home. Think I'm homesick!

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12. Canterbury

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

☀️☀️

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13. Reading

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

• ANOTHER DAY OF SUN • ☀️

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14=. Coventry

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

💙

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14=. Swansea

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

Can't get over how amazing the colour of some of the images I captured on my mavic.

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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

Hi Cardiff 👋🏼 #sixnations #imnotgoodattakingphotos

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17=. Edinburgh

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

🌍

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18. Manchester

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

Wednesday's work view

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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

A picture perfect day in Leciester #leicester #engineering #concurrecruitment #lifeatconcur #spring #springishere #beautifulday

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

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