United Kingdom: Glasgow University crowned one of UK’s healthiest as students ditch booze and partying
New research highlights a significant change to the traditional student culture of binge-drinking and unhealthy takeaways.
By Collette Crampsey
January 9, 2019
Glasgow University has been named one of the UK’s best institutions for healthy student living.
Research by student accommodation search engine, Mystudenthalls.com, has ranked the country’s best universities for supporting healthier student lifestyles- looking at amenities and activities offered across health, fitness and wellness, and the cost for students to access them.
The research also looked at how student unions cater for sober students- with dedicated societies, and events for overall wellbeing.
Glasgow ranked fourth place in Britain, highlighting a significant change to the traditional student culture of binge-drinking and unhealthy takeaways; with the uni even offering its ‘Sober Sonic’ club nights, for alcohol-free partying.
With research released by NUS earlier this year finding that more than one in five students identify teetotal, and other data showing that students are investing more in gym memberships than alcohol, today’s rankings will prove valuable for health-conscious students considering their choice of university.
The University of Edinburgh was found to be the best for encouraging healthy student living in Scotland, coming second overall in the UK. The university boasts a health and fitness membership equating to just £2.50 each week, and some of the best-ranked facilities in the UK.
For mental wellbeing, the university even offers Mindfulness Training for students, and free weekly mindfulness sessions run by the university’s Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain. All the better when experienced in one of the country’s most serene and historical cities.
Mystudenthalls.com managing director and founder, Dan Roberts, said: “For so long, student culture has been synonymous with drinking and partying, but it’s clear that a wider shift towards wellness is reflective in the ways that students are spending their money and free time, as well as how they eat, sleep and live.
“We undertook the research to highlight the ways in which universities are accommodating a range of lifestyles, ensuring that students are supported and catered for; however they choose to live.
“We have seen a demand for alcohol-free, quieter student accommodation, in which students who are avoiding late-nights and partying can be comfortable and feel supported with their choices.