Universities in London, England UK
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London
26 out of 41
  • Universities in London
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
28
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in London
  • (19 institution and 9 subject rankings)
29
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in London
  • Among TOP 200

London is enriched by its diverse culture, street markets, and globally famous attractions. The city is divided in two by the River Thames, and it’s one of the most famous cities in the world. Students often choose this destination as part of their study abroad programs to have the chance to live in a multicultural city full of employment opportunities, stunning public parks, and business districts. London is a place that offers endless academic opportunities as well as the means to create a dynamic social life for yourself while you study.

PROS

  • One of the favourite things about London for international students is the great cultural diversity the city holds and how this makes them feel much more comfortable.
  • London is full of ways to have a great day out, as well as numerous ways to enjoy new experiences. Overall, the city offers an impressive variety of activities for students when they have some free time from their studies.
  • There are many part-time job opportunities for students who want to get work experience before finishing their studies.

CONS

  • London is a very expensive city to live in, but most universities offer housing for a slightly lower price which is good for those who don’t want to go through the struggle of looking for a place.
  • Students often mention that the residents are too rushed. Life in London can become stressful due to the constant metropolitan bustling.
  • The weather is often a downside for students as it’s often cold and rainy throughout the year, however, its summer is known to be very enjoyable and everyone appreciates the sun when it comes out.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in London, England UK

Latest ranking updates related to universities in London
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. University College London with highest ranking among universities in London ranked #9.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Latest QS World University Rankings By Subject (Hospitality & Leisure Management) from British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK. 169 universities from London appear in this ranking.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: New edition of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. 5 universities in London ranked.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - World Ranking. University College London with highest ranking among universities in London ranked #46.

Highest subject rankings of universities in London

Veterinary Science
#1 
Royal Veterinary College University of London
Anthropology
#1 
University College London
Art & Design
#1 
Royal College of Art
Engineering Mechanical
#2 
Imperial College of Science
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#2 
University College London
Town & Country Planning and Landscape
#2 
University College London
Agriculture & Forestry
#9 
University of Greenwich
East & South Asian Studies
#9 
SOAS, University of London
Fashion & Textiles
#9 
University of the Arts London
Communication & Media Studies
#12 
Goldsmiths, University of London

Rankings of universities in London, England UK 2021

  • #4 
  • #5 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #9 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #11 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #7 
  • #8 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #14 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #16 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #3 
  • #4 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #5 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #27 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


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Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (2857 reviews)
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  • #24 
  • #30 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #34 
  • #42 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #35 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #32 
  • #41 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #54 
  • #68 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #110 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #41 
  • #50 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #71 
  • #86 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #54 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (904 reviews)
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  • #67 
  • #82 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #81 
  • #95 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #37 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #40 
  • #49 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #28 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #38 
  • #47 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]


  • #81 
  • #97 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #89 
  • #105 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #44 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (177 reviews)
  • #82 
  • #98 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #80 
  • #95 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #60 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (887 reviews)
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  • #104 
  • #121 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #95 
  • #111 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #46 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #68 
  • #83 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #36 
  • #45 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #51 
  • #61 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]


  • #105 
  • #123 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #78 
  • #93 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #82 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #108 
  • #126 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #101 
  • #117 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #72 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #48 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #36 
  • #381 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #57 
  • #941 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


  • #111 
  • #129 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #96 
  • #112 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #78 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #19 
  • #235 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #114 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #35 
  • #812 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


  • #107 
  • #125 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #102 
  • #118 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #109 
  • #126 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]


  • #104 
  • #631 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #77 
  • #3077 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #95 
  • #2209 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #93 
  • #4352 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #38 
  • #669 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]
  • #113 
  • #4469 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (84 reviews)
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  • #83 
  • #3537 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #102 
  • #2538 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #112 
  • #130 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #142 
  • #131 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 11 October, 2019]
  • #130 
  • #7998 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (567 reviews)
  • #22 
  • #59 
World University Ranking 2020 - Europe
[Published 21 September, 2020]

  • #92 
  • #4351 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #126 
  • #6698 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]
  • #125 
  • #6683 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #114 
  • #4481 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #127 
  • #7004 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#27

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (271 reviews)

#28

The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (102 reviews)
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#29

Central Saint Martins

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (357 reviews)
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#30

Institute of Education, University of London

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (118 reviews)
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#31

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (245 reviews)

#32

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (245 reviews)

#33

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (422 reviews)

#34

Royal Academy of Dance

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (457 reviews)

#35

London School of Economics and Political Science

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (267 reviews)

#36

Istituto Marangoni

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (19 reviews)
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#37

London, Webster University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (320 reviews)

#38

London College of Fashion

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (92 reviews)
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#39

European School of Economics

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (20 reviews)



Student Opinions About Studying in London

“It’s a fantastic city full of new places to find every day. You’ll never get bored in London as there is so much to explore. It’s hard to deny that London is an expensive place to live, but if you get a part-time job, it’ll make this a little easier to handle.”

“I love London and its parks. Summer in London was a special time for me, because me and my friends spent a lot of time out in the parks and countryside enjoying the weather. Being in such a big and famous city is a privilege as it has many opportunities to offer. The public transport could be cheaper, but you can get student discounts.”

“Going to a pub or a restaurant in the evenings is part of the culture here which I find to be a worthy tradition. It is expensive to live here, so I would say only those who love to get out and experience a city should pay to live here, otherwise it might not be worth it due to the high rent prices.”

London Key Facts for International Students

Population: 7557000

Time: GMT +0

District/province: England, Greater London

Living costs for students in London:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Living costs without accommodation 85* (15% cheaper than New York)
  • All costs including accommodation 80* (21% cheaper than New York)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 90* (10% cheaper than New York)
  • Average Big Mac price 3.11 £
  • Plug Type G
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz
Nobel prize laureates:
John O'Keefe (University College, 2014)
 
Christopher A. Pissarides (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010)
 
Tim Hunt (Imperial Cancer Research Fund, 2001)
 
Sir Paul Nurse (Imperial Cancer Research Fund, 2001)
 
Sir James W. Black (London University, King's College Hospital Medical School, 1988)
 
Abdus Salam (Imperial College, 1979)
 
Godfrey N. Hounsfield (Central Research Laboratories, EMI, 1979)
 
Renato Dulbecco (Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratory, 1975)
 
Geoffrey Wilkinson (Imperial College, 1973)
 
Dennis Gabor (Imperial College, 1971)
 

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FAQ

Imperial College of Science ranks #1 in London in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in London Imperial College of Science is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 37 rankings where Imperial College of Science is listed.

Royal Veterinary College University of London is ranked best in London for Medicine & Health (Veterinary Science). See all rankings for the Royal Veterinary College University of London.

University College London is ranked best in London for Social Studies & Humanities (Anthropology). See all rankings for the University College London.

Royal College of Art is ranked best in London for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the Royal College of Art.

Imperial College of Science is ranked best in London for Engineering (Engineering Mechanical). See all rankings for the Imperial College of Science.

University College London is ranked best in London for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the University College London.

University College London is ranked best in London for Architecture, Building & Planning (Town & Country Planning and Landscape). See all rankings for the University College London.

University of Greenwich is ranked best in London for Agriculture (Agriculture & Forestry). See all rankings for the University of Greenwich.

SOAS, University of London is ranked best in London for Languages & Literature (East & South Asian Studies). See all rankings for the SOAS, University of London.

University of the Arts London is ranked best in London for Design (Fashion & Textiles). See all rankings for the University of the Arts London.

Goldsmiths, University of London is ranked best in London for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the Goldsmiths, University of London.

University of Greenwich is ranked best in London for Law (Criminology). See all rankings for the University of Greenwich.

University of East London is ranked best in London for Computer Science (Librarian & Information Management). See all rankings for the University of East London.

University College London is ranked best in London for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the University College London.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:
Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -University league tables:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide:
Entry standards
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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