Want to find happiness? Move to Belfast.
The happiest students can be found in Northern Ireland, according to a survey which ranks the UK’s best university towns and cities.
In particular, Belfast came top of the ranking, with an impressive 94% of students saying they’re ‘very happy’ with their education and city life.
Brighton came second, with 93% of people studying at the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton claiming to be very satisfied, followed by Coventry with 92%.
The survey, carried out by accommodation provider Sodexo, asked thousands of students across the country to rate how they felt about their university of choice based on their standards of education, nightlife and takeaway options, and how stressed they felt in their degrees.
Could it have anything to do with their love of food? Belfast also came top for takeaways, as 22% of students said they order food more than three times per week instead of cooking.
At the other end of the scale, Oxford was crowned the country’s most miserable student town, with 22% of people saying they were deeply unhappy studying in the ancient city.
From Belfast to Bristol, here are the UK’s happiest student towns.
- Belfast – 94%
- Brighton – 93%
- Coventry – 92%
- Wolverhampton – 91%
- Swansea – 90%
- Leeds – 89%
- Aberystwyth – 87%
- Birmingham – 86%
- Bristol – 85%