The Student Accommodation With the Best Social Experience (According to Students)
In our latest article, we take a look at the top 50 student properties ranked by ‘Social Experience’ (as voted for by students).
We’ve written a bio detailing what exactly it is about each property that makes it so sociable. And we’ve included quotes from the students who have stayed in these top properties.
21,195 Reviews from Students
Our Top 50 list is based on over 20,000 reviews from current and ex students who have rated their ‘Social Experience’ out of 5 stars using this ?accommodation review form.
The 50 Award-Winners
The award-winning properties are located across the UK with some universities having several properties make the Top 50.
The social spaces come in all shapes and sizes – communal areas, gym, cinemas etc. The one thing they have in common is students consistently report an excellent social experience.
Take a look at the full list below…
The Shield, Fresh Student Living
The social spaces are kept in great condition and met some great flatmates.
With a cinema room and great social spaces, it is easy to see why The Shield has scored a 5 for Social Experience and tops our list! When choosing accommodation for both Newcastle University and Northumbria University, students who choose to live at The Shield will gain an excellent social experience of meeting new people alongside a fantastic range of social facilities and the sense of community built in.
John Morris-Jones, Bangor University
Couldn't of asked for a better hall!! We have a little community there! The facilities are also great.
A close second with 4.90, John Morris-Jones creates a small community between the students who choose to stay throughout their university time. Offering an onsite gym and an outside area, it is easy to meet new people and socialise with other residents within the building. Great social areas on offer really helps residents make strangers into friends for life.
Apollo Court, Student Roost
Everything about the accommodation is amazing! So lucky to be staying here!!! The staff are fantastic!
Scoring a fantastic 4.89 and third on our list, Apollo Court’s central location is a 5 minute walk to university and shops! They’ve completely refurbished the entire building to a high standard with new ¾ double beds in all rooms, and new furniture in all of the communal kitchens.
Rowancroft Croft, University of Exeter
I've loved living in Rowancroft. It has really good social areas which makes it easier to make friends aswell.
Rowancroft at the University of Exeter scores 4.85 by providing their students with self catered accommodation with shared kitchen/living room facilities. With these facilities students then have the opportunity to meet their flatmates and share a meal/drink with them. Each block are encouraged to get to know each other through social events on site and events and activities taken place on campus which is a short distance away.
McIntosh Hall, University of St Andrews
Great way to spend first year. Socially, location-wise, and aesthetically fabulous.
A great location, near to university social events, has gained McIntosh Hall a score of 4.84. With university facilities being within a close distance of the property, students are able to socialise with friends on campus or within the residence. Residents are also encouraged to get to know each other from the property through communal areas which helps build a sense of community amongst residents.
Telford, Loughborough University
An ideal hall for freshers wanting to make friendships and socialise as Telford is one of the largest halls on campus, located in the heart of the student village and hosts continuous social gatherings in the two common rooms.
With ample communal space and located at the heart of the campus, Telford scores a respectable 4.84 for social experience. With two large common rooms, Telford hold plenty of social events and activities throughout the year encouraging students to participate and meet their neighbours. A very friendly and open atmosphere and with being one of the biggest halls on campus, there are always people to meet.
Yarncliffe Apartments, University of Sheffield
Yarncliffe is such a great choice if you want a social buzz.
Yarncliffe scores a 4.81 thanks to the social atmosphere that is encouraged at the property. With a great location, students can easily participate in campus events or stay within the property for use of the large communal areas. Yarncliffe is known by many University of Sheffield attendees as the social halls.
Dobbie's Point, Student Roost
The rooms and social areas are very spacious and comfortable. Overall, a very good experience to live in dobbies.
A spacious social area earns Dobbie's Point 4.80. Glasgow University students that stay at Dobbie's Point have one of the best social experiences available. With large and spacious communal areas that offer comfort and plenty of activities, it is a great place for residents to meet their flatmates and friends. With an onsite cinema room and study area, there is always something for students to participate in.
St Regulus Hall, University of St Andrews
Best Hall in St Andrews, has the most personality and community spirit in town.
With an onsite entertainment room, communal kitchen and shared library, St Regulus Hall has earned an average score of 4.79. With plenty of social activities taking place on site it's hard for students to not feel welcome by other residents and staff. Students who stay at St Regulus Hall make friends for life.
Grizedale College, Lancaster University
Probably the main reason I enjoy university due to the amazing quality of the Grizedale townhouses and the social areas and events.
With an admirable score of 4.78, Grizedale College provides some great facilities for residents. Students tend to stay at Grizedale College throughout their university time thanks to the great social experience on offer. With a range of onsite events and plenty of social areas, residents can start an evening with friends here before moving on to university activities which are held close by.
Central Place (Formerly Sheffield 2), Student Roost
Great social events have been held, variation of rooms so you're bound to find a room/flat type to suit you.
Sheffield 2, a variety of self-catered accommodations ranging from 1-2 bedroom apartments, has earned a respectable score of 4.76. This is down to staff providing excellent social and communal areas including a great outdoor courtyard and rooftop terrace, perfect for those who are social butterflies! By providing these facilities and holding activities throughout the year, Sheffield 2 gives residents plenty to do throughout their stay.
Falkner Eggington, Loughborough University
By far the best hall in Loughborough. The laughs you have here are unparalleled.
It's the community spirit which earns Falkner Eggington a 4.74. With residents always willing to have a laugh and open their doors to other flats, a fantastic social experience is not something which Falkner Eggington is short of. With the standard communal facilities, it's the residents which help create the fantastic social atmosphere. Your fellow falk-eggers soon become like family members as you socialise on the famous bouley.
Norfolk Terrace, University of East Anglia (UEA)
For me it is by far the best place on campus, great for socialising. Everyone in NT was so friendly and the view is also amazing!
Friendly students are always welcome at Norfolk Terrace which, as well as being Grade 2 star listed, earns a 4.73 for social experience. Whilst offering standard social and communal facilities, the central location of Norfolk Terrace and the friendliness of the students are the main reasons why residents choose to stay at the ever popular Norfolk Terrace. Residents are encouraged to participate in as many activities to ensure they get the most out of their university stay.
Upperton Road, Student Roost
They have many classes,including boxercise, yoga, movie night. These are great to meet people and very fun!
Upperton Road has scored a 4.71 and it's easy to see why. Holding daily activities ranging from exercise classes to movie nights, Upperton Road encourages its residents to meet each other and get to know them. It offers on site facilities to use with your friends including a cinema room and study areas, students have full access to the facilities and activities throughout their stay.
Harry French, Loughborough University
Harry French provides the number one community in any hall in Loughborough. With such an open and friendly community, you get the chance to make friends so easily.
Harry French appears on our list with a score of 4.71. With a communal kitchen, it's easy to make friends with your fellow flatmates whilst sharing meals and drinks. located a short distance from the university campus and town centre, Harry French is a short walk away from all the onsite university activities, so it's easy to meet friends or choose to stay in with your flatmates. Harry French is such a warming and sociable place to live, from freshers to end of year parties there's always something to do and someone to talk to.
Teme, University of Worcester
Great social life with 3 other flats of 6. Not too big yet enough people to become friends with.
By being a small accommodation, Teme has scored 4.70 on our list thanks to the sense of family which is offered to students. With the ability to socialise with fellow residents within your accommodation, it's incredibly easy for students to make friends with the whole residence. There is a sense of support and a great social experience for all those who choose to stay at Teme.
Van Mildert College, Durham University
Excellent college in a good location (especially for sciences), lots of fun events and an amazing place to live!
Catering facilities scores Van Mildert College 4.69. As students are encouraged to participate in the set meal times, it offers them a chance to meet fellow residents and others from a variety of courses helping them meet friends from across university. When meals are done, the rooms are changed into social areas so students can continue their socialising through activities planned by the property or move on to university led activities.
Towers, Loughborough University
Great hall, if you're someone who's shy or introverted (like me) this hall is fantastic to help you out your shell!
Located directly on campus and close to gym facilities, dining hall and sports grounds, there is not much that students who stay in Towers can't participate in. Scoring a respectable 4.67, Towers is a landmark for Loughborough University with students encouraged to socialise onsite and within the university grounds. Towers is perfect for those who are looking for somewhere to stay with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The Heights, Student Roost
Really nice accommodation to stay in, staff are really friendly and the social events are amazing.
Staff put in that extra effort to make sure there is always something social happening at The Heights. Scoring an average of 4.67 for social experience, the staff have helped earn the score by providing residents plenty of activities to participate and meet other residents. When it's a quiet night for activities, students are encouraged to head to the campus to participate in activities happening there.
Trevelyan College, Durham University
It’s got everything from music, sport and a social life! I love that you're not stuck to the traditional flat format and you really get to know everyone.
If you're looking for a variety of events from music to sport then Trevelyan College offers it all. Scoring 4.67 in our Top 50, Trevelyan College avoids the traditional flat format to allow everyone to get to know each other. With a variety of activities to suit all the residents, those attending Durham University might want to keep Trevelyan high on their list of accommodations with a high social experience.
Hazlerigg - Rutland, Loughborough University
Not only is Loughborough a family, but this is especially highlighted in halls. Rigg-Rut was one of the smallest on campus and everyone knew everyone. I immediately felt at home.
Scoring 4.65, Hazlerigg is one of the smaller options for Loughborough University but the residents don't mind this as it provides a sense of community and creates lasting friendships that stand the test of time. Offering great social and communal facilities, it's the people that create the best social atmosphere and why residents choose to stay at Hazlerigg - small but mighty!
Myrtle Court, Student Roost
Really good experience. Great social life, great rooms. Cheap accommodation.
Offering students an entertainment room, BBQ and communal events are what has helped get Myrtle Court gain an average score of 4.64. The facilities allow residents the opportunity to invite over classmates and socialise with other residents within the safety of the property. Communal events are held frequently to make sure that everyone feels at home within the property and create friendships and a support system that will last for years to come.
The Towers, University of Essex
Great place to live, I met so many new people and would definitely live there again.
The Towers scores a 4.63 due to the variety of people you can meet within the property. The property offers some great communal areas allowing residents the chance to meet others and form an unbreakable bond. The property is on the Colchester campus with its great sport facilities, theatre, SU bar and huge range of clubs and societies. It is a short bus ride from the town centre allowing residents the chance to participate in a range of activities dependent on their taste.
Langwith College, University of York
I've made by best friends here, found out so much about myself and each other through the events in the College, the atmosphere and more.
Langwith College has scored 4.63 on our list for the friendships made. Many who move into Langwith College have made friends for life and enjoy the experience that new friends offer. With a large communal room and kitchen area, students have time to get to know their flatmates. Within a reasonable walking distance from the heart of campus, residents are never too far away from the action.
John Burnet Hall, University of St Andrews
A great community, a great location, the friendliest staff and the food is generally really good.
With lots of activities and events happening close by, John Burnet Hall has scored 4.62 for Social Experience. Offering on site meals for residents creating a friendly community feel and the chance to mingle with other residents alongside your flatmates provides you with an unlimited amount of friends. Once the meals are done, residents can move over to campus for a range of activities organised by the university.
St Salvator's Hall, University of St Andrews
Amazing hall spirit, numerous exciting social activities, lovely location and amazing views from rooms.
Social activities available for all residents is why St Salvator's Hall has scored 4.62. Allowing everyone to bond together helps to create a hall spirit which continues when residences become alumni and St Salvator's Hall always promises past/present students a friend for life. Within walking distance from social activities inside and outside, St Salvator's Hall turns friends into families.
Canto Court - London, Canto Court
The Canto Court team is very friendly and they really make an effort to organize parties or small events like photo competitions for example.
Canto Court has great indoor and outdoor facilities to add to that social experience score of 4.61. Providing communal rooms, study areas, game consoles and outdoor areas such as lounges and picnic areas, Canto Court encourages residents to take full advantage of these perks. Located a short walk from all main underground lines allows residents to be part of the hustle and bustle of London or stay in the quiet of the property.
Stephenson Hall, The University of Sheffield
Apply to Stephenson for the best 1st year experience and to meet amazing people.
Great for 1st year students, Stephenson Hall scores 4.58 as it offers students the chance to meet fellow freshers and build a bond as you manoeuvre through first year together. The bond created amongst students is made for life with strangers turning into long lasting friends. Located in a fantastic location close to the city and university sites, students will always have something to do.
The Old Fire Station, Student Roost
I love living at the old fire station, the staff are lovely, especially Kay and Blair who always take the time to talk to the residents.
At the Old Fire Station it’s the staff that make the place feel like a home. With an average score of 4.61, staff make the residents feel welcome and help them meet other students by holding social events throughout the year. The Old Fire Station is located within walking distance to a variety of social activities so there is always something for residents to do onsite or offsite.
Rootes, University of Warwick
The place to live if you want a busy place with a range of people.
Rootes is a busy but friendly accommodation. Scoring 4.60 on our list, it's the residents that help to create the experience for those staying in Rootes by making an effort of welcoming and speaking to everyone they meet in the hallway. This allows students to socialise with others and make new friends along the way. Located not too far from campus, students are able to partake in university events and activities should they ever get bored on site activities.
Oak House, University of Manchester
One of the most social halls and also one of the cheapest.
Offering an amazing social experience that residents will never forget, Oak House has scored a 4.60 on our list thanks to the camaraderie amongst its residents. With everyone looking out for each other, there is a real sense of security and a great friendly social atmosphere. Located just 40 minutes from Manchester City Centre and half an hour to the university everything you need is in walking distance
Andrew Melville Hall, University of St Andrews
Melville has an amazing community, brilliant staff and is ideally situated for science students.
Science students enjoy staying at Andrew Melville Hall as it has a great social experience for all residents. Scoring a respectable score of 4.59, Andrew Melville Hall is known for creating a community amongst its students, generally studying within the same field, residents will find they have a lot in common. Staff support residents with guidance and a range of social events and activities adding to the experience of living in Andrew Melville Halls.
Westwood, University of Warwick
Very social hall with the biggest rooms on campus.
An actively social hall, Westwood offers students attending the University of Warwick a chance to create friends within the first week of their stay. With a large common room on offer, Westwood staff encourage students to join fellow residents and students for social events.
Shackleton, University of Birmingham
The most convenient place to live in UoB. Everything you need is under one roof and it is managed really well.
Offering residents everything they could need for their university experience, Shackleton scores 4.59 on our list. The accommodation ranges from catered to self catered with lots of opportunities to socialise with other residents within the building as well as your own flat mates, with a large kitchen/dining area it's easy to bring everyone together to share meals and stories about their day.
Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol
Going catered definitely helps with the social aspect of halls.
Catered halls are just one of the reasons why Clifton Hill House scores 4.59 on our list. Offering residents the chance to socialise with others and guests in their halls over meals allows residents at Clifton Hill House to enjoy a great social experience alongside friends as well as staff creating a family feel within the accommodation.
Hendrefoelan Student Village, Swansea University
The sociable affordable option. Contributes to a very strong sense of camaraderie and community.
Socialising is a key aspect for residents who stay at Hendrefoelan Student Village which scores 4.59. Offering facilities such as a shuttle bus and communal areas helps residents to socialise with other residents whilst still being able to keep to themselves during exam season. Those who have moved on from Hendrefoelan Student Village have said lifetime friendships have been made.
Reichel, Bangor University
Reichel is the best hall on campus. It's the most social and you know everyone.
Meeting everyone is a key aspect to staying at Reichel which scores a respectable 4.59. Residents get a fantastic social experience with plenty of opportunities to meet fellow residents through social events held on site. Within a short walking distance to campus, students are never far from any activity.
The Quads, University of Bath
Extremely social with a communal lounge, clean and close to the center of campus.
A 5 minute walk to the University of Bath Student Union, The Quads scores 4.58 on our list of Best Social Experience. Offering residents the chance to use the onsite communal areas or encouraging them to meet other students at the Lime Tree food court, The Quads is the only accommodation for The University of Bath to land on our list.
Sumner House, University of Chester
This place was and will always be absolutely amazing. Best ever experience and made friends!
Sumner House gives students the chance to make friends for life which has helped it score 4.58 for Social Experience. Offering full board accommodation to its residents allows them to socialise and make friends over meals. When meals are done, students can walk 5-minutes to the centre of campus allowing them to participate in university activities with fellow Sumner House residents and friends.
Belmont Flats, University of Dundee
Really enjoyed my experience in Belmont, very sociable and clean.
With 5 or 6 students sharing a flat, it's impossible not to experience a friendly atmosphere whilst staying at Belmont Flats. With a score of 4.58, residents share a self contained flat with fellow students but this doesn't eliminate the opportunity for them to socialise with others due to the local community areas. Residents who choose Belmont Flats, will make friends with nearly everyone and they will be friends for life.
Highfield Court, Royal Holloway, University of London
Highfield has such a community feel being just off campus that the social opportunities are frequent and you meet so many great people.
Highfield Court residents enjoy plenty of social activities throughout their stay which is why they have earned the score of 4.57. A chance to meet a variety of residents within a sociable community helps those living in the property to feel at home and amongst friends. Located on the northern side of the main campus in a landscaped setting, it’s only a short walk for Highfield residents to university activities.
William Morris, Loughborough University
Amazing hall with so much going on and a really social atmosphere.
With a modern communal room and great sharing facilities, William Morris scores 4.57. With residents encouraged to meet others through the common room which offers a TV area, pool table and table tennis it's easy to see why William Morris is one of the best Social Experiences at Loughborough University. 'Bill mo' becomes your family from the moment you move in...
Capital Gate, Student Roost
The staff are really nice and there is always something going on in the Social Space through the week.
Capital Gate is in the heart of the city, meaning residents aren't far from the action. Scoring 4.56, Capital Gate has activities available for residents throughout the week with something for everyone to get involved in. When residents want to move on from onsite activities they are within close proximity to the University of Liverpool and John Moores University campuses to participate in student activities and meet friends from other accommodations.
Mardon Hall, University of Exeter
The most amazing halls ever. Have made best friends from it for life and we had the most fun imaginable.
Just a 5-minute walk from campus is what residents love about staying at Mardon Hall. The catered residence scores 4.56, as it allows students the chance to socialise with each other over meals and invite course mates over to take advantage of the onsite study rooms. When the work is done, students are offered fantastic onsite activities to unwind and socialise with others.
Talybont South, Cardiff University
Talybont South is the best place to live in first year because it is by far the most social halls.
Talybont South is the largest residences but most social accommodation on offer for Cardiff University students. It scores an admirable score of 4.56 as it offers many social amenities including an excellent sports facility. Within close distance to campus and the city, students are never short of activities to participate in.
Holland Hall, University of Exeter
The terrace is a great spot to enjoy the sunshine and relax with friends. Everyone on my floor gets very well on with each other and so far socially it's a great experience.
When the sun shines, residents at Holland Hall head to the terrace to enjoy the weather. Scoring 4.55, Holland Hall encourages students to socialise by offering a wide range of social areas for residents and their friends to meet up. Offering large and inviting living floors, it's hard to miss the fact that Holland Hall is one of the most social halls for the University of Exeter.
Heathfield, University of Dundee
Amazing!! made my student experience.
Heathfield is located next to a lot of university amenities allowing students easy access to social events throughout the year. With a score of 4.55, Postgraduates can be assured a social and academic stay. It's a great place for those looking to continue their studies whilst still wanting the same social experience as the undergraduates.
Tennis Courts, University of Birmingham
Very social, great layout and the best location on the Vale.
With a social atmosphere throughout Tennis Courts, they have secured a score of 4.54. A large kitchen/living area allows residents to socialise with their flatmates and bring their friends back without using up all the space. When students are ready to continue their social experiences, Tennis Court is located just 5 minutes away from the centre of campus, perfect for those who are looking for a range of activities.
Gowar, Royal Holloway, University of London
It felt like I was living in centre parks. All the best students live in Gowar.
Perfect for those looking for a more sporting social experience, Gowar is close to the university’s sport centre, playing fields and gym. With an commendable score of 4.54, residents have voted for the fun that they’ve had living here as a friendly community together, and with only a short walk to the centre of campus, Gowar residents are spoilt for choice.
University College, Durham University
More formals then most Oxbridge college, in a castle, and with less work but more fun.
A variety of shared and single rooms, University College offers students a luxurious stay within a variety of accommodation. Scoring 4.54, University College works with Durham University to provide students with a luxurious social experience with numerous formals and balls taking place throughout the year whilst other activities including sporting activities are on offer, meaning there is always something for everyone.