Best UK Universities for Active Students

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  • The University of the Arts and Kings College,both in London,are joint first for best university for active students!
  • 8 of the top 15 universities for active students are located in London!
  • The University of the Arts has the most gyms (253) within a 3km radius!
  • Queen Mary University of London has the most outdoor activities (264)!
  • The University of Edinburgh, Cardiff University and Nottingham Trent all score higher than 60/100 for total average score for best university for active students

There are so many factors to consider when choosing which university to attend. For most an important factor is what the university city has to offer, including the cost of living, night life, culture hotspots and other facilities.

With this in mind, GolfSupport.com were eager to discover which UK universities are best for students looking to keep active!

Top UK universities for active students

GolfSupport.com can reveal that there is a joint ranking for first place! The University of the Arts London (UAL) and King’s College London both have an overall score of 96.9 out of 100! Both universities score similarly across the board; UAL has a total of 253 gyms within 3km of the university, whereas King’s College has 201 other outdoor activities available (such as tennis courts), one of the highest of the ranked universities.

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In 14th is the University of Edinburgh (69.9/100). It is one of three universities located in Scotland in the top 15. There are a combined 229 facilities, including gyms and parks at your disposal but the city is also home to attractions such as Arthur’s seat and Edinburgh castle, making it an ideal location for those looking to keep active outside of studying.

Rounding off the top 15 is Newcastle University, with a total average score of 68.3 out of 100! The university has 70 parks in the local area and a further 79 outdoor activities available within a 3km radius, such as tennis courts and open fields.

Bottom UK universities for active students

Starting off the bottom 15 is Harper Adams University (Newport), known most for agriculture and farming, scoring just 2 out of 100. There are no gyms or parks within the local area and there are only a combined 6 other activities and facilities available.

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Following just behind is Ulster University, with just 2 gyms in the local area and little else, you’ll have to travel a bit further out to find areas for exercise! Therefore, this Northern Ireland university has a total average score of 5.1/100.

Further down we have Durham University with 3 gyms and 6 parks! Giving this public research university a total average score of 23.4/100.

University of East Anglia (UEA) is at the other end of the bottom universities for active students with 25.5 out of 100. There is only 1 gym in the local area, but there are 5 parks to explore and a further 62 outdoor activities (tennis courts etc) at your fingertips!

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