Leeds University came out on top as the best place to study if you enjoy the great outdoors. Students have access to 2,682 acres of green space on and around the campus, with an impressive 7 outdoor societies on offer – the highest number of any institution on our list – including horse-riding, hiking, mountaineering and more.
Despite having no outdoor societies on offer, Birmingham came in second place in our ranking, thanks to the vast amount of green space to be found around the university – a whopping 6,659 acres.
Third place goes to Oxford, with students able to enjoy a wealth of stunning green space on their doorstep, including University Parks, a Grade II-listed space covering approximately 70 acres in the centre of Oxford. Students also have access to Wytham Woods, a 1,000-acre site just three miles east of the city centre, which have been part of the university since 1942.
No matter where you decide to study, you can still benefit from access to the great outdoors. Even those studying in city centre locations can still find green space on their doorstep – you just need to know where to look.
Data sources: Ordnance Survey, Met Office, Guardian University League Table and university websites.
Acreage of green space was measured within a 2.5-mile radius of each university.
‘Outdoor Societies’ included any university societies that are primarily conducted outside, excluding sports teams.