The St George’s student experience has been voted London’s best for the second year in a row, and the university was also named the UK’s seventh most improved.

St George’s was placed 27th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey, higher than any other London higher education institution. This was an improvement on the previous year’s result of 48th, although this was still the best in London.

The THE polled more than 13,000 full-time undergraduates across the country between 2009 and July 2010. Students were asked to rate their university experience in 21 categories chosen by students themselves, giving marks out of seven for each. Only universities with at least 30 student responses were included in the table of 113 institutions.

St George’s received its highest scores for the high quality of its staff and lectures, the helpfulness and interest of its staff, its good community atmosphere, good extra-curricular activities and societies, good support and welfare, and its small group tuition. The university also rated well in the section that asked students if they would recommend their university to a friend.

St George’s Principal Professor Peter Kopelman said: “This is excellent news, and I’m delighted that our students are the most satisfied in the capital. It is testament to the supportive, collegial environment we have at St George’s, and demonstrates how a small and distinctive specialist institution provides an excellent experience for students during some of the most important years of their lives.

“We have been working extremely hard to give our students the best experience possible, so it is particularly gratifying to see continuing improvement since last year. At St George’s, there is a very close relationship between students and staff, and the results highlight this. We have a wonderful Students’ Union, which should be credited for its dedication to the student body and for helping to achieve this outstanding result.”

Loughborough University came top for the fifth year in a row, with the University of Sheffield second and the University of East Anglia third.

Royal Holloway, University of London was the second highest of the capital’s universities, at 53.

The full tables of results can be found here.