Published Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Queen's University, Belfast. (© Getty)
Students were asked to rate their universities on issues including academic experiences, facilities, expenses and nightlife, with consumer advice group Which? publishing lists based on the findings.
One in 10 were found to regret their choice of university, with around 11% having regrets about their particular course.
While more than a quarter wished they had done more research on their choices, 85% of students were satisfied with their lot.
Queen's rated highly for politics, and for the range of activities on offer within its union, but was considered "average" when it came to creative subjects, sports and the local nightlife.
A number of London universities were also highly rated when it came to politics, with half of the list of 12 top political establishments based in the city.
With increased tuition fees, it's never been more important for prospective students to weigh up all the options and make sure they make the right choice for them.
Jenni Allen, head of Which? University
Prestigious Oxford and Cambridge fared well when it came to politics and creative subjects, but not with regards to sport.
Among the top sporty universities was, Loughborough - known for its sports facilities - and other institutions including Durham, Bath and Birmingham.
The University of Ulster scored poorly for the activities on offer within its union and "average" for all other categories.
Which? did not receive enough responses to collate data about Stranmillis University College, but it did receive an overall 82% score from students - compared with 81% at Queen's and 79% for UoU.
The average graduate salary for Queen's was found to be £20,500, falling to £18,100 at UoU. The information was not available for Stranmillis.
University College London, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Leeds were considered to be the best all-rounders, scoring well across all categories.
Universities in the north of England and Scotland fared best when it came to nightlife, with Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Northumbria, Leeds, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian all among the top-rated.
The study was based on a survey of more than 16,000 undergraduates across the UK.
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