Discover the best UK cities for students


Most Employable City for Graduates

Sheffield is the most employable city in the UK for graduates. The research was conducted by property portal The HouseShop and includes graduate 'hot spots', with Sheffield coming out tops for its perfect combination of affordability, good starting salaries, a wealth of social activities, and yes, even the cheap cost of a pint, which is a mere £2.70 compared to London's £3.92. 

Sheffield graduates can enjoy an average starting salary of £25,000, while the average price of a two-bedroom property costs £119,806. The estimated monthly income after tax, utility bills and student loan repayments is £1,173.99. On the flip side, London and Brighton found themselves at the bottom of the list, being ranked as the two worst places for quality of life. Despite the capital being the best for graduates in terms of employment, its high rental costs mean graduates are left with the lowest disposable incomes out of all the cities. 

1. Sheffield
2. Glasgow 
3. Leeds 
4. Newcastle 
5. Birmingham 
6. Liverpool 
7. Manchester 
8. Cardiff 
9. Bristol 
10. Reading 
11. Edinburgh 
12. Oxford

Brighton Named Most Entrepreneurial City

According to a report by Instant Offices, Brighton is the most entrepreneurial UK city, followed by Manchester and Nottingham in second and third place respectively. This was determined by analysing Companies House data and comparing population estimates in UK cities with the number of businesses launched there in the last two years. Surprisingly, London did not make the top 10. 
A survey by YouthSite of 1,006 students across UK universities found that 15% of students plan to launch their own start-up business after graduating from university. As for their reasons, 45% said they desired to be their own boss, while 27% believe they would make more money working for themselves than for someone else. The survey also found that male undergraduates are more likely to start their own business, with 20% of male participants interested in starting their own business ventures, compared to only 11% of female graduates.

The University of Buckingham Ranked Top University for Student Satisfaction 

If you are considering moving to a different city or town for university, it’s a good idea to review how other students rate the experience. Let’s look at which universities made the cut for student satisfaction, as rated by The Complete University Guide:

  1. University of Buckingham, Buckingham
  2. Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool
  3. University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  4. Keele University, Staffordshire
  5. Coventry University, Coventry