2017 edition: Which UK universities are using Snapchat?

By Posted in - Snapchat & Social Media on September 25th, 2017 8 Comments

In 2016, we created a list of universities that were currently using Snapchat. With the release of Snap Map, Spectacles and Discover, Snapchat has transformed into more than just an image-sharing platform. Users turn to Snapchat to share snippets of their life on Stories, as well as to follow brands and influencers, to read news stories and to view Stories from cities all around the world.

This week, the Discover section on Snapchat gains an additional Story – and it’s very exciting for all of us working in the education sector. The UK University Our Story will be featured on the Discover section of Snapchat. This Story is geofenced to university locations and enables students to upload campus snaps whilst at university. This a great opportunity for universities to engage with students and create content for a university-focused visual forum.

We always need to consider how to best use our content on different platforms, and this is no exception. Snapchat’s updates give us a chance to experiment with new visual technologies (for example, Spectacles) to more effectively engage our audiences. Your Stories will disappear after 24 hours – so what’s the harm in a little experimenting with your Snapchat content?

Because of these new Snapchat developments, we’ve updated our list of universities using Snapchat. On our new list below, you’ll see that the amount of central university accounts has more than doubled, with a rise in students’ unions using Snapchat too. Which universities are in the directory? Take a look at the list and add accounts directly from the post to see who’s producing the best content. After all, sharing is caring.



Aberystwyth University – loveaber

Aston University – astonuniversity

Anglia Ruskin University – AngliaRuskin

Bangor University – bangoruni

Bath Spa University – bathspauni

Birkbeck, University of London – birkbeckuni

Birmingham City University – mybcu

Bournemouth University – bournemouthuni

Brunel University – brunelcampus

Buckinghamshire New University – BucksNewUni

Cardiff Metropolitan University – cardiffmet

Cardiff University – cardiffuni

City, University of London – CityOpenDay

Coventry University – coventry_uni

De Montfort University – dmuleicester

Edge Hill University – ehusnap

Edinburgh Napier University – edinburghnapier

Falmouth University – falmouthuni

Glasgow Caledonian University – gcutoday

Imperial College London – imperialcollege

Keele University – keeleuniversity

Kingston University – kingstonuni

Kingston University – kingstonuni

Leeds Beckett University – leedsbeckett

Leeds Trinity University – leedstrinity

Liverpool John Moores University – ljmuni

Liverpool Hope University – liverpoolhopeuk

Loughborough University – lborouniversity

Manchester Metropolitan University – ManMetUni

Middlesex University – middlesexuni

Norwich University of the Arts – NorwichUniArts

Newcastle University – newcastleuni

Northumbria University – NorthumbriaUni

Nottingham Trent University – trentuni

Oxford Brookes University – oxfordbrookes

Royal Academy of Music – royalacadmusic

Royal Holloway, University of London – royal.holloway

Salford University – SalfordUni

Southampton Solent University – SolentUni

St George’s, University of London – StGeorgesuni


St Mary’s University – stmarysu

Staffordshire University –staffs.uni

Sunderland University – sunderland_uni

Teesside University – teessideuni

University College London – ucl_official

University of Bath – uniofbath

University of Bedfordshire – uniofbeds

University of Bolton – UOBExperience

University of Bradford – UniOfBradford

University of Brighton – UniOfBrighton

University of Chester – uochester

University of Chichester – chiuni

University for the Creative Arts – UniCreativeArts

University of Cumbria – cumbriauni

University of Derby – derbyuniversity

University of Dundee – dundeeuni

University of Essex – uniofessex

University of Exeter – uniofexeter

University of Glasgow – uofglasgow

University of Greenwich – uniofgreenwich

University of Hertfordshire – UniofHerts

University of Hull – uniofhull

University of Leeds – universityleeds

University of Leicester – uniofleicester

University of Lincoln – unilincoln

University of Manchester – officialuom

University of Nottingham – uniofnottingham

University of Portsmouth – portsmouthuni

University of Roehampton – uni_roehampton

University of Sheffield – sheffielduni

University of Southampton – unisouthampton

University of South Wales – unisouthwales

University of Strathclyde – strathstudents

University of Suffolk – suffolk_u

University of Sussex – sussexuni

University of the West of England – uwebristol

University of the West of Scotland – uniwestscotland

University of Winchester – uniofwinchester

University of Worcester – worcester_uni

University of York – uniofyork

York St John University – YorkStJohn


Students’ Unions

Anglia Ruskin University – angliaruskinsu

Bath Spa University – bathspasu

Bedfordshire University – bedssu

Birmingham City  – bcusu

Bolton University – boltonsu

Bournemouth University – sububournemouth

Bradford University – bradfordunisu

Bristol University – uob_su

Canterbury Christ Church University – christchurchsu

Cardiff Metropolitan University – cardiffmetsu

Cardiff University – cardiffstudents

De Montfort University – demontfortsu

Durham University – durhamsu

Glasgow Caledonian University – gcustudents

Heriot-Watt University – hwunion

Imperial College Union – icunion

Lancaster University – lususnaps

London School of Economics & Political Science – LSESU1

Loughborough University  – loughboroughsu

Newcastle University – newcastlesu

Northumbria University – NorthumbriaSU

Nottingham Trent University – ntsu_exec

Queen Margaret University – qmusunion

Queens University Belfast – qubsu

Reading University  – RUSUsnaps15

Roehampton University – roehampton_su

Salford University  – salfordsu

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – soassu

Sheffield Hallam University – hallamsu

Southampton Solent University – SOLENTSU


Swansea University – swanseaunion

University for the Creative Arts – uca-su

University of Derby – derbyunion

University of East Anglia – UEAUnion

University of East London – uelsu_officers

University of Edinburgh – edunistudents

University of Greenwich – sugreenwich

University of Hertfordshire – HERTSSU

University of Huddersfield – huddersfieldSU

University of Leicester – leicesterunion

University of Lincoln – UniLincolnSU

University of Northampton – NorthamptonSU

University of Nottingham  – uonsu

University of Plymouth – plymsu

University of Portsmouth – portsmouthsu

University of Salford – salfordsu

University of Sheffield – sheffieldsu

University of Southampton – union_soton

University of St Mark and St John – MarjonSU

University of Staffordshire – staffsunion

University of Stirling – stirunion

University of Strathclyde – strathstudents

University of Sunderland – sunderlandsu

University of Surrey – surreyunion

University of Sussex – sussexstudent

University of the West of England (UWE) – thesuatuwe

University of Westminster – westminstersu

University of Worcester – worcsu

University of York – yorkunisu


Missed one? If you can’t see your Snapchat on our list, let us know and we’ll add you on.

Need help?

Want to learn how to create captivating content for your Snapchat accounts? We can help you with that. Feel free to drop us an email.



(8) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Rebecca Trengove - Reply

    September 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Your list isn’t comprehensive – we (University of Dundee) are also active on Snapchat . Have a look at our recent student takeovers.

  • Rosie Wowk - Reply

    September 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Hi Rebecca, thanks for your comment. The University of Dundee is on the list, have we got the correct account for you? I have added your account to the 2016 list as well earlier this month and then we made this new directory to ensure we captured some of the new accounts created since our previous list. Looking forward to seeing your content. Rosie.

  • Heather - Reply

    September 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm


    Just to let you know the Hertfordshire Snapchat is ‘UniofHerts’ rather than ‘UHStudentLife’.


    • Rosie Wowk - Reply

      October 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Heather. We have updated the post with the correct handle. Rosie

  • Jennie - Reply

    October 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    We ‘re also active on Snapchat-Please add the University of Bradford – uniofbradford


    • Rosie Wowk - Reply

      October 11, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Hi Jennie, thanks for checking out the post and don’t worry, we’ve already got you on the list! Rosie

  • Tiffany Burnett - Reply

    May 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Hi, thanks for this list! The University of Winchester is also active on Snapchat, please could you add? Username is uniofwinchester. Thanks! Tiff.

    • Louise Shaw - Reply

      June 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Tiffany. Thanks for letting us know, we’ve now updated the post to include The University of Winchester.

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