Facilities have a huge impact on which uni you want to go to, according to a recent survey.By Sj.Cliff
Over three-quarters of 2,000 students questioned said the facilities at their prospective university influenced their decision. Universities acknowledge students want good facilities for the rising fees they’re paying.
The poll, conducted by One Poll on behalf of the Association of University Directors of Estates (Aude), found 90% of students thought their university buildings were well looked after.
It was also found that the library was the most used facility, and 91% rated overall provision good or excellent.
After library and IT provisions, the most used were the sports provision and then the students' union.
Andrew Burgess, chairman-elect, at Aude and deputy chief operating officer at Loughborough University, said: "There is a clear link between the buildings and accommodation on offer at a university and the desirability of that establishment to potential students.
With the [higher education] sector becoming increasingly a buyer's market - more choice for students who are paying increasing tuition fees (currently up to £9,000 a year) - directors of estates always have to keep students at the forefront of their decision-making.
"However, this is only one side of the coin. In light of government spending cuts and slowing growth, development projects have to be both value for money and state of the art to attract students and enable universities to compete on an international level.