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Best for 2019

Since 2017 Student Hut has become the UK's fastest growing student review website. We researched and listened to the needs of hundreds of thousands of students to find the most important categories that matter to the lives of students. These categories cover everything to inform and inspire student experience, from the best student city through to the best student mobile provider.

With more comprehensive reviews than any other site, these are the Best for 2019.

Our 'Best for 2019' league tables rank the best in class for all 11 review categories. Use the icons to navigate through the league tables.
University
Halls of Residence
Student Cities & Towns
Freshers' Week
Nightlife
Students' Union
Clubs & Societies
Student Bank Account
Broadband
Mobile Providers
Energy Providers
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Best 10 Universities for 2019

#1

University of Leeds

The campus is lovely, condensed in a good way and lots of different and interesting buildings. Union is brand new and lovely to spend time in.

#2

Nottingham Trent University

Such a good uni. Such amazing support, facilities and staff. I literally have no complaints. The campuses are all really lovely, the libraries are fantastic, the open door policy and the mental health support are all amazing.

#3

Loughborough University

The campus has large amounts of green space, including various sports pitches and recreational spaces which means it very much feels like a campus uni.

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Best 10 Halls of Residence for 2019

#1

Falkner Eggington

Loughborough University

The hall provides a fantastic social experience, has a student committee which is run by current students in Falk Egg. Lots of opportunities provided. Brilliant value for money.

#2

Peel Park Quarter

University of Salford

The student accomodation is amazing, very friendly helpful staff. I like peel park quarter because it is very safe and student friendly

#3

Lafrowda

University of Exeter

Great location only 2mins away from the lecture halls. Was clean and modern with good facilities. Staff were friendly and always made sure you were okay.

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Best 10 Student Cities for 2019

#1

Newcastle

Great city and really cheap cost of living. Can not fault nightlife, and amazing restaurants in town. Good uni’s.

#2

Liverpool

Liverpool is an overall great city it provides shopping, leisure activities, eating out and a great night life for all tastes.

#3

Manchester

For students the city is fantastic, there's so much to do and you'll never be bored. The transport system is pretty good and cabs aren't too expensive.

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Best 10 Freshers' Weeks for 2019

#1

Nottingham Trent University

It was a great week, with the university holding lit events at their Student Union. Cheap drinks and good music for sure.

#2

University of Dundee

Freshers week was great, even if I didn't drink a lot, the activities were great and the music during nights out at DUSA was amazing!

#3

University of Portsmouth

Freshers week was awesome and well organised, and was also an amazing way to meet new people on the night!

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Best 10 Cities for Nightlife for 2019

#1

Newcastle

Nights out are CHEAP! Three trebles for a fiver in some bars! There is a diverse nightlife, with different music and atmospheres depending on when you go out and what mood you are in.

#2

Liverpool

The nights out are extremely cheap and the entertainment is superb, especially when on Matthew Street.

#3

Manchester

There are so many nightclubs with music for everyone, whether it be 42s for the indie genre or Antwerp Mansion for techno and drum&bass.

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Best 10 Students' Unions for 2019

#1

University of Sheffield Students' Union

Such a good uni. Such amazing support, facilities and staff. I literally have no complaints. The campuses are all really lovely, the libraries are fantastic, the open door policy and the mental health support are all amazing.

Student union is consistently rated the best for several years in a row! There is so much stuff that you can get involved in!

#2

Leeds University Union

The student union provides a welcoming and warm atmosphere for students to meet for coffee, buy neccessities, or just take a break.

#3

Cardiff University Students' Union

Cardiff university has many facilities available to the students including a students union which is a good meeting place for new people and it has lots of social entertainment.

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Best 10 Clubs and Societies for 2019

#1

Snowsports

University of Exeter

Fun sociable club, lots of regular trips to practice in England and two big ski trips to the alps. Good value too.

#2

Atlas Theatre Company

University of Sunderland

Awesome group! They are so welcoming and give the opportunity to everyone no matter what experience level they have the chance to perform!

#3

Muay Thai Boxing

University of Birmingham

The instructors knowledge is second to none and the dedication shown by the committee is consistent. The sessions are fun and interesting, and you learn a lot.

 
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Best 10 Student Bank Accounts for 2019

#1

Monzo

Very useful as the app helps plan a budget for the month and also instantly tells you when money has moved out of or into the account. Easy to use too.

#2

Santander 1|2|3 Student Current Account

Great flexibility with overdraft, the online banking is fantastic and providing a free four year railcard for students is so handy.

#3

Nationwide FlexStudent Account

Totally happy with the online banking, customer service and all other services provided by this bank.

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Best 10 Broadband Providers for 2019

#1

Virgin Media

Great service, always reliable customer support that are eager to help fix things. Good value for money and great speeds.

#2

BT

Good speeds on the fiber packages, and the hub provided is pretty good, with reasonable wifi. Have had occasional issues, but they were quick to send someone out.

#3

Vodafone

Always get an average speed of around 30mbps for one of the lowest prices on the market. Cannot recommend these guys enough.

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Best 10 Mobile Network Providers for 2019

#1

giffgaff

Really good value for price, especially good that they offer an extra 1GB of data when I run out which is really useful for months that I've been using more data than expected.

#2

VOXI

Perfect mobile phone network for students and young people who are all about the internet! It is so affordable, especially for unlimited social use, calls and texts including extra GB of internet.

#3

Three

Brilliant service pretty much anywhere, also the only network I've found that do "all you can eat" data for a reasonable price!

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Best 10 Energy Providers for 2019

#1

Bulb

Bulb is a really great energy provider. It's priced competitively with other non-renewable providers, yet it is 100% renewable! No issues to report.

#2

EON

Customer service was quick and efficient, both with setting up and closing my account. The bills were always received by post AND by email which was handy.

#3

Octopus Energy

Great company and great customer service! I love that they offer renewable energy and when our bills have occasionally bounced they have been very friendly.