List of 100 best universities in the United Kingdom

We ranked 100 best universities in the United Kingdom based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 148M citations received by 3.9M publications made by 163 universities in the United Kingdom, measured the popularity of 13,981 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in the United Kingdom
#1 in Europe
#8 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1209
#2 in the United Kingdom
#2 in Europe
#13 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1096
#3 in the United Kingdom
#3 in Europe
#21 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
42,000
Founded
1826
#4 in the United Kingdom
#4 in Europe
#42 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1583
#5 in the United Kingdom
#5 in Europe
#50 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
17,565
Founded
1907
#6 in the United Kingdom
#7 in Europe
#57 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Enrollment
42,500
Founded
1824
#7 in the United Kingdom
#15 in Europe
#83 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1829
#8 in the United Kingdom
#21 in Europe
#98 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
23,590
Founded
1909
#9 in the United Kingdom
#22 in Europe
#99 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1451
#10 in the United Kingdom
#24 in Europe
#103 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
1904
#11 in the United Kingdom
#27 in Europe
#107 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1948
#12 in the United Kingdom
#28 in Europe
#110 in the World
Acceptance Rate
74%
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
1900
#13 in the United Kingdom
#39 in Europe
#144 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1905
#14 in the United Kingdom
#40 in Europe
#145 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
27,000
Founded
1965
#15 in the United Kingdom
#47 in Europe
#158 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1895
#16 in the United Kingdom
#55 in Europe
#173 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
17,707
Founded
1832
#17 in the United Kingdom
#56 in Europe
#174 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
21,335
Founded
1952
#18 in the United Kingdom
#59 in Europe
#179 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1963
#19 in the United Kingdom
#63 in Europe
#188 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1997
#20 in the United Kingdom
#64 in Europe
#191 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
28,693
Founded
1881
#21 in the United Kingdom
#65 in Europe
#192 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1963
#22 in the United Kingdom
#70 in Europe
#203 in the World
Acceptance Rate
44%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1989
#23 in the United Kingdom
#81 in Europe
#230 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1957
#24 in the United Kingdom
#87 in Europe
#237 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1955
#25 in the United Kingdom
#91 in Europe
#244 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1413
#26 in the United Kingdom
#92 in Europe
#245 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
170,000
Founded
1836
#27 in the United Kingdom
#97 in Europe
#263 in the World
Acceptance Rate
83%
Enrollment
17,319
Founded
1961
#28 in the United Kingdom
#102 in Europe
#275 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1849
#29 in the United Kingdom
#104 in Europe
#281 in the World
Acceptance Rate
78%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1495
#30 in the United Kingdom
#111 in Europe
#294 in the World
Acceptance Rate
58%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1892
#31 in the United Kingdom
#116 in Europe
#305 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1964
#32 in the United Kingdom
#118 in Europe
#309 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1963
#33 in the United Kingdom
#120 in Europe
#321 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1966
#34 in the United Kingdom
#121 in Europe
#322 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
16,900
Founded
1966
#35 in the United Kingdom
#131 in Europe
#345 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1966
#36 in the United Kingdom
#132 in Europe
#346 in the World
Acceptance Rate
38%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1967
#37 in the United Kingdom
#136 in Europe
#351 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1964
#38 in the United Kingdom
#162 in Europe
#400 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1965
#39 in the United Kingdom
#181 in Europe
#453 in the World
Acceptance Rate
74%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1964
#40 in the United Kingdom
#196 in Europe
#497 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1966
#41 in the United Kingdom
#198 in Europe
#516 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1920
#42 in the United Kingdom
#207 in Europe
#530 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1966
#43 in the United Kingdom
#208 in Europe
#532 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1962
#44 in the United Kingdom
#211 in Europe
#543 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1849
#45 in the United Kingdom
#212 in Europe
#547 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1966
#46 in the United Kingdom
#213 in Europe
#552 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
14,000
Founded
1967
#47 in the United Kingdom
#222 in Europe
#570 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#48 in the United Kingdom
#223 in Europe
#573 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1967
#49 in the United Kingdom
#226 in Europe
#577 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1992
#50 in the United Kingdom
#227 in Europe
#582 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1954
#51 in the United Kingdom
#231 in Europe
#587 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1823
#52 in the United Kingdom
#234 in Europe
#594 in the World
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1993
#53 in the United Kingdom
#237 in Europe
#604 in the World
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1992
#54 in the United Kingdom
#245 in Europe
#619 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1968
#55 in the United Kingdom
#248 in Europe
#624 in the World
Acceptance Rate
94%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1872
#56 in the United Kingdom
#251 in Europe
#630 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1895
#58 in the United Kingdom
#257 in Europe
#647 in the World
Enrollment
11,270
Founded
1884
#59 in the United Kingdom
#258 in Europe
#649 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1992
#60 in the United Kingdom
#269 in Europe
#674 in the World
Enrollment
30,732
Founded
1992
#61 in the United Kingdom
#273 in Europe
#685 in the World
Acceptance Rate
90%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1992
#62 in the United Kingdom
#282 in Europe
#708 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1992
#63 in the United Kingdom
#290 in Europe
#735 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1992
#64 in the United Kingdom
#297 in Europe
#753 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1973
#65 in the United Kingdom
#300 in Europe
#761 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1966
#66 in the United Kingdom
#302 in Europe
#764 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1865
#67 in the United Kingdom
#308 in Europe
#781 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1992
#68 in the United Kingdom
#309 in Europe
#783 in the World
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1992
#69 in the United Kingdom
#313 in Europe
#793 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1992
#70 in the United Kingdom
#318 in Europe
#810 in the World
Enrollment
32,500
Founded
1992
#71 in the United Kingdom
#320 in Europe
#815 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1992
#72 in the United Kingdom
#322 in Europe
#827 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1904
#73 in the United Kingdom
#325 in Europe
#836 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1964
#74 in the United Kingdom
#334 in Europe
#868 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
19,000
Founded
1838
#75 in the United Kingdom
#340 in Europe
#893 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#76 in the United Kingdom
#350 in Europe
#926 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1890
#77 in the United Kingdom
#355 in Europe
#951 in the World
Enrollment
14,293
Founded
1992
#78 in the United Kingdom
#357 in Europe
#955 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#79 in the United Kingdom
#361 in Europe
#968 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
8,200
Founded
1916
#80 in the United Kingdom
#364 in Europe
#978 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#81 in the United Kingdom
#378 in Europe
#1021 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1993
#82 in the United Kingdom
#385 in Europe
#1046 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1992
#83 in the United Kingdom
#391 in Europe
#1080 in the World
Acceptance Rate
39%
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1733
#84 in the United Kingdom
#392 in Europe
#1082 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1858
#85 in the United Kingdom
#393 in Europe
#1089 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1992
#86 in the United Kingdom
#405 in Europe
#1119 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1892
#87 in the United Kingdom
#408 in Europe
#1129 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1791
#88 in the United Kingdom
#409 in Europe
#1132 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1992
#89 in the United Kingdom
#416 in Europe
#1152 in the World
Acceptance Rate
50%
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#90 in the United Kingdom
#455 in Europe
#1296 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1992
#91 in the United Kingdom
#462 in Europe
#1324 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1992
#92 in the United Kingdom
#467 in Europe
#1330 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1893
#93 in the United Kingdom
#472 in Europe
#1348 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
25,000
Founded
1992
#94 in the United Kingdom
#476 in Europe
#1353 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1848
#95 in the United Kingdom
#486 in Europe
#1381 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1992
#96 in the United Kingdom
#487 in Europe
#1382 in the World
Acceptance Rate
27%
Enrollment
19,090
Founded
1992
#97 in the United Kingdom
#494 in Europe
#1401 in the World
Acceptance Rate
22%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1992
#98 in the United Kingdom
#496 in Europe
#1406 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1841
#99 in the United Kingdom
#499 in Europe
#1413 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2006
#100 in the United Kingdom
#500 in Europe
#1415 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Enrollment
15,555
Founded
1897

The best cities to study in the United Kingdom based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cambridge, Oxford, London, and Edinburgh.

Average cost of living for students in the United Kingdom is $795 + $158-1131 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).