Universities in London, England UK
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London
29 out of 84
  • Universities in London
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
32
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in London
  • (22 institution and 10 subject rankings)
33
  • 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
  • 19 Jan, 2022: Publication of THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education. Imperial College of Science with highest ranking among universities in London ranked #6.
  • 15 Dec, 2021: URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance updated with University College London ranked highest among 7 listed universities in London.
  • 24 Nov, 2021: Latest THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education from THE Times Higher Education, UK. 5 universities from London appear in this ranking.
  • 28 Oct, 2021: THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education updated with University College London ranked highest among 8 listed universities in London.

Highest subject rankings of universities in London

Veterinary Science
#1 
Royal Veterinary College University of London
Education
#1 
University College London
Economics
#1 
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Chemical Engineering
#1 
Imperial College of Science
Information Systems
#1 
University College London
Art & Design
#1 
Royal College of Art
Building
#1 
University College London
Geology
#2 
Imperial College of Science
Law
#2 
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Food Science
#2 
King's College London

Rankings of universities in London, England UK 2022

  • #4 
  • #5 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #12 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #7 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #7 
  • #8 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #18 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #9 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #3 
  • #4 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #27 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #4 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]



Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (2862 reviews)
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  • #24 
  • #30 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #35 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #18 
  • #23 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #32 
  • #41 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #117 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #42 
  • #51 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #41 
  • #50 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #49 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #64 
  • #77 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (912 reviews)
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  • #68 
  • #82 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #37 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #88 
  • #104 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #40 
  • #49 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #29 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #50 
  • #60 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 08 June, 2021]


  • #82 
  • #97 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #43 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #92 
  • #107 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (177 reviews)
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  • #83 
  • #98 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #62 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #78 
  • #94 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #69 
  • #83 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #26 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]
  • #40 
  • #50 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 08 June, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (887 reviews)
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  • #105 
  • #121 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #45 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #96 
  • #112 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #108 
  • #126 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #79 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #95 
  • #110 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #106 
  • #123 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #75 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #97 
  • #113 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #48 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #36 
  • #381 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #56 
  • #925 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]


  • #111 
  • #129 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #71 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #99 
  • #114 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]


  • #107 
  • #125 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #72 
  • #87 
The Guardian The Best UK Universities - League Table
[Published 11 September, 2021]
  • #101 
  • #117 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 08 June, 2021]


  • #19 
  • #235 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #130 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]
  • #29 
  • #660 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


  • #104 
  • #631 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #75 
  • #2522 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #95 
  • #2209 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #100 
  • #4105 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #36 
  • #636 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 26 April, 2021]
  • #114 
  • #4469 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (84 reviews)
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  • #86 
  • #3501 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #102 
  • #2538 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #112 
  • #130 
The Good University Guide - The Times
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #111 
  • #129 
CUG The Complete University Guide - UK
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #135 
  • #7998 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #98 
  • #4102 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #126 
  • #6683 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #99 
  • #4103 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #132 
  • #7751 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (586 reviews)
  • #34 
  • #162 
StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
[Published 06 September, 2021]

  • #115 
  • #4481 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #127 
  • #6698 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #129 
  • #7145 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #133 
  • #7792 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


#30

European School of Economics

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (20 reviews)

#31

The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (104 reviews)
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#32

UCL Institute of Education

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (117 reviews)
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#34

Royal Academy of Dance

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (457 reviews)

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (19 reviews)
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#36

London, Webster University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (331 reviews)

#37

London College of Fashion

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

Architectural Association School of Architecture


















#56

ICON College of Technology and Management



#58

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance



#60

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art -LAMDA












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 3.29 £
  • 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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Imperial College of Science ranks #1 in London in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in London Imperial College of Science is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 40 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 Education (Education). See all rankings for the University College London.

The London School of Economics and Political Science is ranked best in London for Social Studies & Humanities (Economics). See all rankings for the The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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

University College London is ranked best in London for Computer Science (Information Systems). 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.

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

Imperial College of Science is ranked best in London for Natural Sciences (Geology). See all rankings for the Imperial College of Science.

The London School of Economics and Political Science is ranked best in London for Law (Law). See all rankings for the The London School of Economics and Political Science.

King's College London is ranked best in London for Agriculture (Food Science). See all rankings for the King's College London.

University College London is ranked best in London for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the University College London.

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

The London School of Economics and Political Science is ranked best in London for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Goldsmiths, University of London is ranked best in London for Design (Design & Crafts). See all rankings for the Goldsmiths, University of London.

King's College London is ranked best in London for Sports Science (Sports Science). See all rankings for the King's College London.

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