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Student Accommodation Awards Winners 

The results are in! We are thrilled to be able to announce the winners of the Student Voice Awards 2023. Congratulations to all our winning properties and providers!

The student body have spoken, rating the best halls of residence and accommodation options around the UK. Over 25 different student accommodation operators have featured this year, showing the fantastic quality of housing across the board. This year, we have winners in 25 cities in the UK from Aberdeen to York. 

How were the winners selected?

To create these student accommodation rankings, we analysed a whopping 48,981 verified student reviews submitted on StudentCrowd. The winners were selected as they performed consistently the best in reviews over the last 12 months, across 7 different categories that students rated out of 5 stars. To be eligible for an award this year, a property must have received 10 reviews in the last 12 months. The property must be in a city with at least 5 eligible properties, in order for us to select winners. 

These property awards cover all the most important factors when choosing student accommodation, and are the only awards based on 100% verified students studying at UK universities, with an email address.

Now on to the city league table winners…

Aberdeen Accommodation Winners 

As Scotland’s third most populated city, Aberdeen is home to over 31,535 students. With courses available at both Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen, this city is a popular study location. The grey granite architecture dotted around the city gives Aberdeen its nickname as the ‘Silver City’. 

Bangor Accommodation Winners 

Bangor is the oldest city in Wales, located on the North coast just a stone’s throw away from Snowdonia National Park. Over 10,505 students choose Bangor as their home, attracting sports enthusiasts and lovers of the sea alike. Student accommodation in Bangor ranges in cost from £103-£241 per week.

Belfast Accommodation Winners 

As Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast is a buzzing student city with over 62,210 students across 2 universities. Belfast is easy to get around on foot, making it perfect for quickly hopping from the lecture hall to the city centre. Students are known to enjoy the Botanic Gardens, restaurants and nightclubs such as Limelight.

Birmingham Accommodation Winners 

Over 93,800 students live and study in Birmingham, a large city located in the West Midlands region of England. Birmingham is a lively city, with multitudes of cultural events, shopping centres and green spaces to enjoy. Over a third of the city’s population is under 26, demonstrating how popular it is amongst young people.

Bristol Accommodation Winners 

Located in the South West of England, Bristol is a city filled with culture. From Banksy street art to the Georgian architecture, simply walking around Bristol is exciting! Over 68,655 students live in Bristol, whether that is at the University of Bristol or UWE Bristol located just outside of the city.

Cardiff Accommodation Winners 

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, located in the South of the country. Bustling with pubs, clubs, bars and music venues, over 69,875 students enjoy everything Cardiff has to offer. It is known as one of the friendliest cities in the UK, as well as having more castles than any other city in the world.

Central London Accommodation Winners 

Over 10 universities are nested within Central London, which explains why 187,055 students can be found studying in the area. The total number of student accommodation buildings in Central London is 136. As the main hub of London, students can enjoy many of the museums and attractions which bring millions of people to London every year.

Coventry Accommodation Winners 

As the second largest city in the West Midlands, Coventry is home to 67,015 students from Coventry University and the University of Warwick. There are plenty of cultural activities to enjoy in Coventry, from the Belgrade Theatre to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. There are over 60 student accommodation buildings in the city.

Dundee Accommodation Winners 

Known for its beautiful landscapes, busy nightlife and cultural events, Dundee is a small city located on the East coast of Scotland. There is lots to explore in Dundee, so luckily students can benefit from Scotland’s free bus travel for under 22s. Outdoor-loving students will thrive here, as it is close by to the sea and the mountains.

Durham Accommodation Winners 

Durham has a rich history, easily noticeable after spotting the Durham Cathedral, castle and winding streets. With Durham University being the only study institution in the town, it has a big community feeling amongst the 22,230 students who have made Durham their home.

East London Accommodation Winners 

A recently regenerated area of the capital city, East London is home to the Olympic Park, Broadway Market and over 60 sports clubs. Students in East London can enjoy the Greenway, a 7-kilometre path for walking and cycling, perfect for enjoying a sunny day in the city!

Edinburgh Accommodation Winners 

Edinburgh is home to over 76,410 students across 5 different universities. From strolling along the Royal Mile, to relaxing in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh is a relaxed city with beautiful architecture and rolling hills as a backdrop. Students from all over the world choose to study in Edinburgh, making it an amazing place to meet people from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Exeter Accommodation Winners 

Situated in the South West of England, this hilly city is the perfect location for students who love the beach, national parks and city living. Over 32,465 students are spread across the different campuses at the University of Exeter. The city itself hosts a wide variety of art, music and food events - perfect for relaxing after lectures!

Glasgow Accommodation Winners 

Its reputation as one of the world’s friendliest places may be an indication as to why over 92,430 students choose Glasgow. The 19th and early 20th century architecture which makes Glasgow memorable can be enjoyed simply by walking through the city. Students also benefit from the underground metro nicknamed ‘The Clockwork Orange’.

Leeds Accommodation Winners 

Located in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a thriving, youthful city with over 65,180 students. Whether its enjoying a sunny afternoon at Woodhouse Moor or exploring the shopping arcade in the city centre, there is plenty for students to do outside of lectures. Leeds is perfect for pub-loving students, who can take part in the ‘Otley Run’ pub crawl, popular amongst students and locals alike.

Leicester Accommodation Winners 

Leicester has a student population of over 45,000, from both De Montfort University (DMU) and the University of Leicester. Students can enjoy a variety of events in the city, from Leicester Tigers rugby games, to a gentle stroll along New Walk to the museum. Leicester is famous for its global food scene, with Indian to Lebanese to Polish cuisine on offer.

Liverpool Accommodation Winners 

Home of The Beatles, Liverpool is a cultural hub for music, art and history. In their free time, students can enjoy the cathedrals, Tate Modern and Beatles Story Museum. Over 63,000 students live in Liverpool, studying at one of 4 universities. Liverpool is known for its amazing nightlife, attracting visitors from around the country.

Loughborough Accommodation Winners 

Loughborough is a small town in the East Midlands, home to Loughborough University, a campus-based uni with over 18,000 students. Being located in the centre of England, Loughborough is easily accessible via public transport. Students enjoy the local cafes, charity shops and diverse range of restaurants.

Manchester Accommodation Winners 

As one of the largest cities in the North of England, Manchester has over 83,000 students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester has played a pivotal role in music history, as well as being home to the Man City and Man United football clubs. Students can enjoy the many shopping centres, concerts and cultural events throughout the year.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Accommodation Winners 

Newcastle is famous for its friendly locals as well as the multitude of cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and thriving nightlife. Over 59,850 students live in Newcastle, studying at either Northumbria University or Newcastle University. A quick ride on the metro will take you to the city centre or the seaside if the weather is good!

Nottingham Accommodation Winners 

Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands home to over 78,000 students. The city centre is perfect for shopping or enjoying your favourite artists at one of the many music venues. Lovers of history can enjoy the 11th century castle, or visit Sherwood Forest to find out more about Robin Hood and his merry men.

Sheffield Accommodation Winners 

Sheffield is located next to the Peak District National Park and has over 240 parks and green spaces. Over 65,000 students enjoy everything Sheffield has to offer, from its nightlife to shopping and restaurants. Between both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, students benefit from the amazing live music festivals, sports events and culture.

Southampton Accommodation Winners 

Located on England’s South Coast, Southampton is a popular maritime city with access to both city and seaside living. Over 33,000 students study at Solent University and the University of Southampton combined. Southampton frequently hosts music artists from around the country, as well as being known for its great student nightlife.

Swansea Accommodation Winners 

Located in South Wales, Swansea is an amazing coastal city with over 22,000 students. Perfect for beach lovers, Swansea is closeby to popular surf beaches such as Langland Bay and the picturesque Gower Peninsula. Students benefit from a 24/7 bus service into the city, keeping them connected throughout the week.

York Accommodation Winners 

This historic city located in the north of England is rated as one of the safest cities in the UK. York St John University and the University of York have over 31,000 students combined, making it a city full of young people. York is known for its winding streets and ancient architecture, also you can enjoy a walk along one of the city’s two rivers.

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