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We’ve created a ranking of the best city universities, this gives you a detailed breakdown of the best universities that you can apply to that are based in cities across the UK. We know that you may want to gain some independence and study in a big city somewhere, so we’ve got the best rankings for you. The below rankings will allow you to quickly compare the best city-based universities and see what past and present students think about them! See why they’re so popular, see why they are ranked so high or so low with our user ratings and our user reviews. We understand better than anyone that applying to university isn’t always as easy as it looks and so we’ve provided you with detailed rankings that help you to make the best choices for you! If you ever feel lost or if you're unsure where these universities are located, then you can always check out our map of UK universities.

University Average Rating % in study Students Reviews
1 University of Surrey  (4.75) 90 10165 2
2 York St John University  (4.75) 0 6,000 2
3 University of Sheffield  (4.44) 86 18085 5
4 Heythrop College, University of London  (4.38) 93 N / A 5
5 University of Leeds  (4.36) 85 24045 10
6 University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)  (4.34) 0 10,425 9
7 Kings College London, UOL  (4.25) 88 14975 2
8 Newcastle College  (4.25) 0 45,000 2
9 UCFB  (4.13) 93 2000 7
10 University of Nottingham  (4.12) 86 24665 4
11 Nottingham Trent University  (4.08) 89 31450 10
12 Liverpool Hope University  (4.06) 0 7,000 5
13 Queen Mary, University of London  (4.03) 84 11020 8
14 Aston University  (4.03) 86 7,278 9
15 Newcastle University  (4.00) 88 14590 7
16 Swansea University  (4.00) 86 12240 10
17 London Business School, University of London  (4.00) 0 N / A 3
18 University of Bristol  (4.00) 87 14380 9
19 University of Glasgow  (4.00) 88 20000 3
20 Canterbury Christ Church University  (4.00) 89 17120 17
21 University of Hull  (3.98) 88 19065 10
22 University of Liverpool  (3.97) 86 16020 12
23 University of Huddersfield  (3.91) 88 22, 573 17
24 UCL, University of London  (3.90) 86 12750 6
25 University Of Derby  (3.89) 84 28,964 10
26 University of Cambridge  (3.88) 88 13195 5
27 Norwich University of the Arts  (3.85) 0 2,000 8
28 Liverpool John Moores University  (3.81) 85 20930 10
29 University of Greenwich  (3.81) 79 22,000 5
30 University of East London  (3.80) 75 18335 12
31 University of St Andrews  (3.78) 90 7155 9
32 The Manchester Metropolitan University  (3.77) 84 36,000 13
33 University of Strathclyde  (3.75) 86 14760 8
34 Sheffield Hallam University  (3.75) 86 27375 8
35 Brunel University  (3.73) 88 11080 28
36 Abertay University  (3.73) 87 4200 14
37 Leeds Trinity University  (3.72) 91 3,100 11
38 London Metropolitan University  (3.72) 82 12337 9
39 St Marys University, Twickenham  (3.72) 88 3,437 8
40 University Of Dundee  (3.70) 87 10735 10
41 University of Edinburgh  (3.70) 90 19290 6
42 Falmouth University  (3.69) 85 2890 4
43 University of East Anglia (UEA)  (3.69) 87 15,000 13
44 Royal Holloway, University of London  (3.68) 87 7105 18
45 University Of Northampton  (3.65) 89 14000 15
46 Goldsmiths, University of London  (3.64) 83 5510 8
47 London School Of Economics  (3.58) 87 9,600 4
48 School Of Oriental And African Studies  (3.56) 78 2980 9
49 University of Bradford  (3.55) 81 13035 11
50 Birmingham City University  (3.53) 94 23,337 10
51 Oxford Brookes University  (3.52) 87 17,864 12
52 Arts University Bournemouth  (3.50) 93 3,000 4
53 Imperial College London  (3.50) 86 8580 6
54 University of Brighton  (3.50) 83 19115 6
55 University Of Birmingham  (3.48) 86 18875 11
56 The University Of Westminster  (3.46) 79 20,000 29
57 The University Of Manchester  (3.43) 84 28500 8
58 University of Salford  (3.42) 82 17445 10
59 Glasgow Caledonian University  (3.42) 90 14560 3
60 London South Bank University  (3.42) 77 18255 14
61 Coventry University  (3.40) 90 14,739 28
62 Northumbria University  (3.40) 86 24675 13
63 University of Aberdeen  (3.35) 87 16,000 5
64 Bishop Grosseteste University  (3.32) 88 1510 8
65 Cardiff University  (3.32) 97 20115 8
66 University of Wolverhampton  (3.32) 78 17720 13
67 Teesside University  (3.31) 82 16,070 4
68 Birkbeck, University of London  (3.31) 85 N / A 47
69 Ealing Hammersmith and West London College  (3.25) 93 375 1
70 University of Sussex  (3.25) 80 9185 4
71 Middlesex University  (3.25) 74 16310 29
72 Bristol, University of the West of England  (3.18) 89 24095 7
73 Institute of Education, University of London  (3.17) 95 540 6
74 The University of West London  (3.13) 84 12,000 9
75 City, University of London  (3.12) 86 16,519 28
76 Cardiff Metropolitan University  (3.08) 87 8095 6
77 BPP University  (3.08) 0 9,000 4
78 Central College Nottingham  (3.00) 86 5,300 3
79 University of the West of Scotland  (2.88) 82 15685 7
80 GSM London  (2.84) 0 7522 38
81 University College Birmingham  (2.83) 88 7,500 3
82 Glasgow School of Art  (2.75) 84 1465 1
83 Birmingham Metropolitan College  (2.75) 0 640 2
84 Guildford College Of Further And Higher Education  (2.50) 95 1095 1
85 University of the Arts London  (2.50) 95 19,000 3
86 City of Bath College  (0.00) 95 660 0
87 Royal College of Music  (0.00) 95 750 0
88 College of North West London  (0.00) 90 450 0
89 Open University  (0.00) 88 196,000 0
90 Royal Agricultural University  (0.00) 83 950 0
91 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts  (0.00) 0 690 0
92 The University of Law  (0.00) 0 16,000 0
93 Richmond, The American International University in London  (0.00) 0 1,035 0
94 Queen’s University, Belfast  (0.00) 88 17210 0
95 St George’s, University of London  (0.00) 91 4585 0
96 Regent’s University London  (0.00) 0 5,500 0