StudentCrowd University Awards are some of the most coveted awards in HE. 

Our University Awards help give universities recognition for all their hard work in teaching and supporting students.

They also help future students make informed choices about their own university journey.

What are SC University Awards?

This is the 6th year of the StudentCrowd University Awards.

The StudentCrowd University Awards are based 100% on student review scores. It's simple: students review their university, course and accommodation across different categories (outlined below), rating them out of 5 stars. We crunch the numbers of those scores for each university, including reviews on university accommodation (but not private).

The university with the top score across each individual area is crowned the 2021 Best in Category. 

The university with the highest score over all the categories claims the top spot in the Best University Award. 

StudentCrowd then reveals the top 20 universities in the UK overall and by each individual category. 

This is an independent award and is based on real students' experiences which create the university rankings.

See last year's winners


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Harper Adams University, Bangor University, Loughborough University

Review categories


  1. Campus/facilities
  2. Students' Union
  3. Internet/wifi
  4. Clubs and societies
  5. Careers



  1. Value for money
  2. Teaching quality
  3. Personal tutor
  4. Course content
  5. Job prospects



  1. Value for money
  2. Location
  3. Property management
  4. Cleaning
  5. Social spaces
  6. Social experience
  7. Internet/wifi

Why are these important for universities and prospective students?

Over 1.5 million users have visited our site in the last 12 months to make decisions about university. Our Best UK Universities Award is the most visited page on the StudentCrowd platform with over 130,000 visitors in the last 12 months. These awards are therefore very important in the decision making journey of prospective students and their parents.

Remote decision-making has become even more important this year with UCAS’s 2020 New Applicant Survey reporting that 78% of prospective students cite ‘online review by other students’ as either ‘important’ or ‘extremely important’ to their university decision. 

Prospective students are hungry information-seekers and are turning to reviews to discover authentic university experiences.

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