The United Kingdom is well-known for its student opportunities, high ranked universities, and that specific British charm.
There are high chances you might also be enchanted by the UK lifestyle, teaching methods, the historic heritage, and the landscape of most of the study destinations. Add to this the international environment that some of these places have, and you will find the UK can give you one of the best study experiences.
The list is based on the QS Rankings, which are based on criteria such as affordability, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and general positions in the universities’ top.
A few things you should know, before going to study in the U.K.
What makes the UK unique for international students? First of all, a chance to develop your English skills, plenty of events, live concerts, student integration activities, and well paid and various career opportunities after graduation. That’s why, based on our data, the most popular study options, and, afterwards, the best jobs, can be found after you graduate:
- Bachelors in Computer Science in the U.K.
- Bachelors in Language Studies in the U.K.
- Bachelors in Economics in the U.K.
- Bachelors in Psychology in the U.K.
- Bachelors in Finance in the U.K.
1. London, England
London, the capital of U.K., is a diverse and active city, with academic and cultural hubs that hold picturesque neighbourhoods, as well as crowded city areas.
The student transport network in London is well-organised, and students can use their university discount cards. Also, employment opportunities are generous, so you won’t have to worry about finding a job.
Actually, the main aspect you need to focus on is turning your knowledge and the skills you gained into practice. Some of the top universities in London you should check out are:
- SOAS University of London - delivers 66 Bachelor’s degrees
- University College London (UCL) - delivers 146 Bachelor’s degrees
- City, University of London - has around 18,200 students and delivers 56 Bachelor’s degrees
- King’s College London - has around 29,600 students and delivers 124 Bachelor’s degrees
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is the city known as the “Athens of the North”, as well as for its education centre. Around 40% of the local population is comprised of international students, and students from the EU/EEA also have free tuition fees.
The city is both historic and young since it’s also famous for its UNESCO Heritage Site Old Town, as well as some unique festivals, that change the face of Edinburgh. The universities in Edinburgh are some of the finest in the U.K., and some of the top ones are:
- University of Edinburgh - has around 39,500 students and delivers 312 Bachelor’s degrees
- Heriot-Watt University - has around 31,800 students and delivers 75 Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Edinburgh Business School - has around 1,400 students and delivers about 27 Bachelor’s degrees
3. Manchester, England
The student culture is Manchester’s main advantage, when it comes to the city’s image in the international environment. The city is unique for its tutoring, attention to international students, and the offer of courses that develop strong skills, such as leadership and the focus on sustainability.
Manchester has the second highest economy in England, with a great job market, as well as a lot of entertainment options, cultural and musical exports, and scientific and engineering contributions.
- The University of Manchester - has around 39,700 students and delivers 254 Bachelor’s degrees
- NCUK - has around 30,000 students and delivers 2 Bachelor’s degrees
- Manchester Metropolitan University - has around 38,000 students and delivers 176 Bachelor’s degrees
4. Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, is a hotspot for culture, education and research, and commerce. The city’s economy is flourishing, and international students learn this after graduation, when they easily find employment.
Glasgow receives over 50,000 students, who populate the student neighbourhoods and contribute to the vivid atmosphere. Usually, they all flock to the most popular universities, like:
- Glasgow Caledonian University - has around 20,000 students and delivers 66 Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Glasgow - delivers 101 Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Strathclyde - has around 22,000 students and delivers 224 Bachelor’s degrees
5. Coventry, England
Coventry is a metropolitan borough with a lot of history, but also a great openness towards modernity. Closely collaborating with 25 other cities throughout the world, Coventry may be less known, but it’s very attractive.
Almost 40% of the students from the city come from abroad and the employers reflect the reputation of its universities.
- Coventry University - delivers 147 Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Warwick - has around 18,500 students and delivers 178 Bachelor’s degrees
6. Nottingham, England
Nottingham is UK's 23rd most affordable city for students. Located in the centre of the country, Nottingham provides excellent transport connections, making it easy to reach London and other cities in the UK.
With Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence (writer of ‘Lady Chatterley's Lover’) once inhabitants of the city, Nottingham was named a UNESCO City of Literature. Along with a great literary heritage, today Nottingham also reflects one of UK’s biggest bioscience innovation centre, covering over 50 science-based companies.
Students praise the numerous music events held in Nottingham, and the city also gathers a variety of shops, bars, galleries and parks, literally satisfying all tastes.
- University of Nottingham - has around 43,700 students and delivers 180 Bachelor’s degrees
- Nottingham University Business School - has around 2,000 students and delivers 8 Bachelor’s degrees
- Nottingham Trent University - has around 5,000 students and delivers 214 Bachelor’s degrees
7. Birmingham, England
The city of Birmingham first had an industrial focus, but it later became an academic and financial centre. International students have where to choose from, in terms of programmes and reputation, when it comes to Birmingham’s universities. The city has the highest number of research students in the UK, after London.
Culture and nightlife are praised by students and visitors, but the metropolitan borough is also famous for its distinctive Brummie accent and dialect.
- Aston University - delivers 87 Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Birmingham - has over 5,000 students and delivers 59 Bachelor’s degrees
- Birmingham City University - delivers 156 Bachelor’s degrees
Considering a Bachelor's in the UK? Don't forget about the student visa!
If you are from outside the EU/EEA, you will need a visa to study in the UK. You can either check out the requirements for multiple nationalities or check out the visa requirements for:
- Pakistani students applying for the British visa
- Bengali students applying for the British visa
- Iranian students applying for the British visa
- Ghanaian students applying for the British visa