Ipswich: University Campus Suffolk ranked poorly for its nightlife and sporting opportunities

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
9:19 AM

Suffolk’s university has been ranked as one of the worst in the country for its nightlife and sporting opportunities.

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More than 16,000 undergraduates were surveyed by the consumer watchdog Which? and the results ranked University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich as having one of the poorest records for offering a “diverse local nightlife” and options for sporty students.

But Chris Mitchell, 21, 
vice president for the UCS Union, defended the university.

He said: “What we try to do with sport is work with local companies and have a real relationship with them to provide facilities.

“Whenever students want a team we do whatever we can to set it up. The university is only six years old and is quite small.”

He said the university had a high percentage of mature students who took part in sport outside UCS.

Mr Mitchell added the university is now providing a new bar, on the Waterfront, called Cult Cafe, which opened last month.

A spokesman for UCS said: “Sport plays an important role at UCS and the institution works closely with UCS Union and other local partners to provide a variety of opportunities such as clubs, societies and student discounts.

“UCS is also pleased to support the growth and development of wider sporting activity within the local area, for example through events like the recent UCS Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix.

“This commitment to improving the student experience is reflected in the National Student Survey statistics which saw UCS record a record high for student satisfaction in 2013.”

He said the university would work with the union to provide a “diverse range of entertainment”.

The findings of the Which? survey showed that 85% of students said they were satisfied with their university, with the same proportion happy with their course nationwide.

But more than a quarter said they wished they had done more research and one in 10 regretted the university they had chosen.

Jenni Allen, head of Which? University, said: “The academic and extra-curricular experience at universities varies widely.

“With increased tuition fees, it’s never been more important for prospective students to weigh up all the options and make sure they make the right choice for them.”

9 comments

  • Good points Mike. Even as a 40 year old, I despair of the lack of nightlife options in Ipswich, let alone for younger people. Norwich, Cambridge and Colchester (albeit more established university townscities) have much in the way of live music and a vibrant student social scene. Ipswich has some nice pubs but the music and alternative club scene is pretty poor. This is where the Waterfront and town centre really need to be joined up with a better selection of pubs, bars, music venues, clubs, and eateries to cater for both students and us older folk!

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    Dobbie1973

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Surprised? no, me niether. Students want clubs and bars and gigs and discounts and places to hang out, but as has been pointed out before, IBC have no idea and so have either closed places, priced others out, or failed to use facilities that they do have, ie the Corn Exchange. Name the last 'proper' band to play there?? Name a venue where a student friendly club can be held?? IBC, you've done it again..

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    Mike Derruki

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • @Dobbie - that's exactly what they're doing... UCS got awarded some money from the olympic legacy fund to build a multi-purpose sports pitch on the waterfront. It'll be next to the James Hehir building i think

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Those undeveloped areas along Orwell Quay between the two UCS buildings - could there not be a student gymsports field created? Lots of waste land and brownfield sites around the area that could be redeveloped. This would improve the aesthetics of the Waterfront, which is beautiful in parts but a bit disjointed and with some very ugly areas that detract from the overall design. Just a thought from someone who walks the Waterfront to and from work everyday, gives you time to think and have ideas!

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    Dobbie1973

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Ipswich has no student nightlife... A lack of bars, clubs and music venues.I agree with Mike Derruki the Corn Exchange is a totally under used venue which would be ideal for student nights, live bands etc.Ipswich dropped off the national circuit for live bands years ago particularly for Rock,Pop and Indie artists.Come on IBC give the students somewhere to go and have fun.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • The Cult bar, was last year a proper student bar called the Kai bar, due to lack of support from the students it had to close its doors last Christmas. The drinks were discounted and the food was good, live music, theme nights, quiz nights etc.were all put on by the student union and there was a great atmosphere in there. Unfortunately with no support it had to close, now the new bar has opened and the prices are not student friendly even though the atmosphere is ok.

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    melaniejself

    Friday, September 13, 2013

  • Ipswich has no student nightlife... A lack of bars, clubs and music venues.I agree with Mike Derruki the Corn Exchange is a totally under used venue which would be ideal for student nights, live bands etc.Ipswich dropped off the national circuit for live bands years ago particularly for Rock,Pop and Indie artists.Come on IBC give the students somewhere to go and have fun.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • @Dobbie - that's exactly what they're doing... UCS got awarded some money from the olympic legacy fund to build a multi-purpose sports pitch on the waterfront. It'll be next to the James Hehir building i think

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Adrian at the Cock n Pye was always championing student nights and pub crawls, sadly he passed away last year an no one has taken up the mantle. Lets be honest it is so expensive to go to uni these days, along with £3-4 a pint in town it's hardly surprising students don't go out in Ipswich.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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