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Words: L. Thorpe


Menswear experts Moss have crunched the numbers to find out which universities have the most stylish students.

Based on fashion courses, search data and distance to trends-led fashion retailers, they’ve worked out where to find the most fashionable students in the UK.

When it comes to fashion, there’s no such a thing as the north/south divide. Fashion forward students are all over the UK. 

 Here are the top 10 universities when it comes to stylish students: 

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1. Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent’s a uni known for its fashion programmes, and creative education. It offers an exciting environment for designers and fashion fans to flourish, with the skills to match. They have alumni working at fashion brands all over the world, so it’s no wonder this uni’s come out on top in the fashion stakes.  

2. Leeds University

While Leeds might not be the fashion capital of the UK, the students at the University of Leeds have their pick of fashion courses to hone their creative talents. With modern facilities and courses that cover everything from design through to sustainable fashion and trend analysis, these stylish students have it all. 

3 University of Arts London

UAL is a global leader in creative education, in one of the leading fashion hubs in the world, so it’s no surprise that it’s filled with stylish students. Their fashion research, careers that its graduates end up in and rich style history make it a first choice for the fashion-forward. 

4. Oxford University

Although it’s better known for being a prestigious university for less creative courses, creative students at Oxford have all sorts of other interests, including fashion. It’s not your typical fashion destination but it shows students are still embracing their style in this smaller city. 

5. Northumbria University

Located in Newcastle, Northumbria University’s close to the main retail areas of the city and hosts fashion courses, exhibitions and a fashion society for students looking to make their studies even more sartorial. The students have links to industry and the opportunity to get hands-on which is definitely reflected in their style. 

6. Newcastle University

Next on the list is Newcastle University, just a stone’s throw away from Northumbria, with links to the local and global fashion industry and access to the independent and larger fashion retailers that the city has to offer. Students can get hands on with style here, and it shows. 

7. Manchester Metropolitan University

The university’s fashion programmes have led to graduates working all across the fashion industry, starting out with the retailers that call Manchester home – such as Moss’ new flagship store at Manchester Arndale. Students are showing off their style at spots all across the city, including Northern Fashion Week. 

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8. Bristol University

The University of Bristol is big on style, personal expression and individuality, encouraging students to find their fit, explore their style and shape their aesthetics through innovation, self-expression and awareness. With fashion and creative courses to suit everyone, it’s no wonder Bristol’s independent spirit continues through to the students that study there. 

9. Brighton University

Brighton’s known for its creative, colourful vibe and expression of individuality so it makes sense that students at the University of Brighton take that to their personal style and love of fashion too – plus it has plenty of places to create and shop, and it’s in close proximity to London. It’s a creative city and the students that head here show that. 

10. University of East London

East London is filled with culture, inspiration and style – and that’s reflected in the University of East London’s surroundings, students and courses. Its London location means it has amazing links to one of the fashion capitals of the world, and this is shown in the student’s dedication to style. 

11. University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is known for nurturing creative talent, with fashion courses for different types of industry-specific careers. Students work on live projects, showcase their final year work at British Fashion Week and have incredible internship opportunities. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the most fashionable unis in the UK.

12. University of Creative Arts Canterbury

With a wide range of fashion courses including digital fashion, design and marketing, UCA is a great destination for those looking to enter the industry. With easy access to London and ranked 12th best uni for fashion and textiles in the UK, it attracts some of the most stylish students from around the world.

13. Loughborough University

Loughborough University has been ranked no. 1 in the UK for Fashion and Textiles, making it one of the world’s leading centres for art and design. Their courses are led by industry experts and academics who offer access to the industry, making it a destination for fashion-conscious students.

14. Norwich University of Arts

Norwich University of the Arts prides itself on helping students develop their professional and technical skills as well as their personal style. Students have dedicated studios and fully equipped workshops to explore their creativity.

15. University of Manchester

With creative courses ranging from fashion art direction through to design, buying and management, students at the Manchester Fashion Institute are taught by experts, using industry equipment and taking part in live projects. It all builds to students exploring their own style, ending up in the top 15 fashionable universities in the UK.

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Back to uni styles from Moss

Heading to university this year, or returning after the summer break? It’s a great time to experiment with your personal style, get more creative and invest in some stylish outfits that’ll help you make an impression. 

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Layer up with overshirts – our taupe check overshirt is
 always a winner and will take you from lectures to nights out –  and tees and polo shirts that are cut to make you look your best. As the weather cools, choose a moleskin shacket or flannel overshirt to keep you warm for campus walks, evening strolls to the library or relaxed pub nights out.

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Casual doesn’t have to just be hoodies and jeans either – elevate your style with fitted joggers like our flannel joggers and jumpers made with from luxury Merino wool, like this winter white fit, to keep you comfy and stylish all in one.