Sunniest Russell Group unis

Grab yourself a tinny because these are officially the sunniest Russell Group unis in 2024

You expect me to go to my lecturers when it’s sunny??


There are absolutely no better vibes than it being sunny at uni. Everyone and their dog cramming into your shitty local uni park and using it as an excuse to crack open the first pint at approximately 9:27 am, tinnies, so many TINNIES and practically living in the pub garden.

Everyone just kind of loses their minds, says to hell with all their lecturers and just makes the most of the absolute VIBES that is summertime at uni.

And if you’re as addicted to these immaculate vibes as I am, is there a specific Russell Group you can go to maximise your chances of them? Because TAKE ME THERE.

Well, by looking at the Met Office’s average annual sunshine for the postcode of each Russell Group uni, we finally know which unis are the sunniest. And the lucky uni with the most sun is Southampton, which is probably the only perk of going there. The University of Southampton gets an average of 1,689.3 hours of sun every year.

But at the other end of the sunny ranking is, unfortunately Glasgow, where students can only expect to get around 1,203.1 hours of sun per year. So, make the most of it!

Sunniest Russell Group unis: Here are all the Russel Group universities ranked by just how much (or how little) sun they all get

24. University of Glasgow – 1,203.1 hours of sun per year

23. Queen’s University Belfast – 1,246.9 hours of sun per year

22. University of Manchester – 1,372.6 hours of sun per year

21. Queen Mary University of London – 1,410 hours of sun per year

20. University of Edinburgh – 1,426.6 hours of sun per year

19. University of Nottingham -1,440.1 hours of sun per year

18. University of Sheffield – 1,444.9 hours of sun per year

17. University of Warwick – 1,445.3 hours of sun per year

16. Durham University – 1,445.4 hours of sun per year

Sunniest Russell Group unis

15. University of Cambridge – 1,494.5 hours of sun per year

14. University of Exeter – 1,513.1 hours of sun per year

13. University of Birmingham – 1,513.1 hours of sun per year

12. Newcastle University – 1,515 hours of sun per year

11. King’s College London – 1,540.4 hours of sun per year

10. University College London- 1,540.4 hours of sun per year

9. Imperial College London – 1,540.4 hours of sun per year

8. London School of Economics – 1,540.4 hours of sun per year

7. Cardiff University – 1,549.4 hours of sun per year

6. University of York – 1,573.6 hours of sun per year

5. University of Leeds – 1,573.6 hours of sun per year

4. University of Oxford – 1,577.9 hours of sun per year

3. University of Bristol – 1,627 hours of sun per year

2. University of Liverpool – 1,651.4 hours of sun per year

1. University of Southampton – 1,689.3 hours of sun per year

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