The London university rankings based on student reviews
Our Top 10 Universities in London league table is different to any other you may have come across. That's because it is based 100% on student reviews.
We’ve crunched the data on over 2,012 reviews* of universities left between January 2020 to January 2022 by students studying at a London uni. Students reviewed their personal experience of university across 5 categories: campus and facilities, clubs and societies, Students Union, careers service and wifi.
What follows is a list of the 10 top universities in London as decided by students. (To see a list of all the universities in London, visit here.)
Is London the best city in the world to study in?
With some of the best universities in the world, London is undoubtedly a hub for UK and international students alike. One of the great things about London universities is the variety. As we all know, one size definitely doesn’t fit all! London is a cosmopolitan hot-spot and this is fully reflected in the huge range of universities on offer.
Whether it’s Imperial College (#4) with its world-leading STEMB subjects research and consistently highly-regarded teaching, or the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (#10), a household name in the world of social science, London packs a punch both academically and socially.
London universities brim over with history and heritage. For example, University College London (UCL) (#8), King’s College London (#7) and the University of London were all established in the early-mid 19th century and are among those vying for the spot as the 3rd oldest university in the UK.
It’s notable that 4 of these universities are also featured in our top 20 Best Universities in the UK 2021, indicating consistent and outstanding performance across our review categories.
London also offers some of the best campus universities with Brunel University (#3), Royal Holloway University (#4), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) (#5) and Roehampton (#9) providing their own unique campus experience in the middle, or on the edge, of the city.
London really does have it all!
The best university in London...
As well as London being a global city for finance and commerce, politics, the arts, transport, technology and business, it is genuinely the centre of the whole world, thanks to the Brits who first marked out global time zones and put Greenwich firmly on the map. Speaking of which, congratulations to the University of Greenwich (#1) who take the top spot in our league table, with their students raving about the historical and beautiful campus as well as the university’s supportive environment.
Published: 29th March 2022
"A lively and easily accessible inner city university with rich history and coupled with its high level of international students, allows for a deeply accepting society. University facilities more than meet the standards of the course and the contact hours are well spent. Lecturers are always willing to help, even out of hours."
The University of Greenwich was established in 1875, welcoming students and staff members from over 130 countries! There are three campuses in total, each of which is truly a fusion of old and new. The main campus is on the renowned historical Greenwich Old Naval Royal College. You might recognise the buildings from Skyfall and The Crown. The university has one of the highest recommendations of all UK HE establishments, with 99.8% of current or former students recommending it. The University of Greenwich featured in our list of best Student Unions in 2021. Charles K Kao is a notable alumni from the university, he is known as the “father of fibre optics communications”. His work has led to significant improvement in the modern day internet.
"You'll have the time of your life. Uni isn't just the degree, its the experience and you get both a fantastic degree and experience like no other London uni!!"
Situated in Uxbridge, West London, is Brunel University London. This campus-based university is home to over 17,900 students from over 150 countries. You can find world-class sports facilities in Brunel, as well as over 140 sports clubs and societies for students to access in their free time. Brunel also has extensive partnerships with businesses all over the globe so students can take advantage of industry opportunities like placements and internships.
Brunel’s Green Flag-awarded campus is a 40-minute tube ride away from Central London, so you really get the best of both worlds. 84% of undergraduates from Brunel are in work or further study 15 months after graduating.
"Studying at Royal Holloway University of London is absolutely great.
Campus amazing, courses and academic staff super nice, great job offers if you work well. Party hard, work harder !"
Royal Holloway, based in Egham, West London, has over 130 years of history, with notable alumni including George Elliot (novelist) and Sir Lenny Henry CBE (writer, actor, comedian and TV presenter). The campus has a plethora of facilities including a modern library in the Emily Wilding Davison Building, a Sports Centre that was refurbished in 2013 as well as more than 10 eateries.
Egham is only 40 minutes away from the centre of London, yet has the county of Surrey on its doorstep, with various heritage, wildlife sites and shopping centres to discover!
"I could not think of a better place to be spending 6 years of my life, clubs and societies to cater for anyone's needs. A centre academic excellence and quality teaching on an international level, and you can really tell that the courses are well designed and well taught. Some of the facilities are slightly outdated, but we make the most of them!"
Imperial College London performed very well in our University Awards 2021, featuring in our overall top 20 list, as well as our top 20 lists across 7 categories, including all the categories for courses. Imperial has campuses dotted across London. It is best known for specialising entirely in STEMB subjects. 19,115 students from over 140 countries study here, making this a very cosmopolitan place to study.
Students at sites in Central London have three famous museums at their doorstep: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. There are over 350 clubs and societies at the Students Union. Imperial’s International Research Opportunities Programme offers students research opportunities abroad for 8 weeks during their summer holiday. Partnering institutions include MIT, UCLA and UBC.
81% graduates are in work or in further studies six months after graduating.
“I studied here for three years (Graduated with a First Class in Biomedical Sciences) and I have enjoyed every second of it. I honestly don't understand the reviews written before, they seem from people that have never been there because qmul is very very loved by its own students. For what concerns teaching, it's excellent. We were thought by experts in the respective fields and our knowledge. Lectures were always very interesting and teachers always willing to listen to improve or change according to the student's requests. For what concerns its campus, it is really nice! It is probably the only Russel Group university in London to have a real campus and it is lovely as students can have a coffee, go to the library, meet friends or or make new friends all the time. The environment is very friendly, there are many services to help students so you can never feel alone or left out. The facilities are also great as they have been investing a lot of money lately. Overall I loved it!”
Queen Mary University of London is spread across five campuses in and offers courses in humanities, science and engineering, and medicine and dentistry.
Queen Mary is a member of the prestigious Russell Group with a heritage in charitable activities in the East End of London dating back to 1785. The university continues to prove that social inclusion and academic success are not mutually exclusive and have been the top university in the UK for social mobility.
Queen Mary ranked #17 in our Best Unis in 2021 award. There are over 60 sports clubs and over 300 societies for students to discover at the Union at Mile End. Students praised the beautiful campus with excellent facilities.
The graduate outcome for Queen Mary students shows that 68% of graduates are in work or in further studies six months after graduating.
"City University is the ideal university that can provide you with many opportunities and helps you pursue your future career! Currently studying BSc Financial Economics and couldn't be more happy with the facilities and teaching of this course!"
Originally founded as the Northampton Institute over 125 years ago, City, University of London is home to 20,000 students from five different schools. The main campus is located in Islington. In September 2016, City joined the University of London, further strengthening its diverse, international and academically excellent environment.
City’s connections to business and the professions, and location in a leading world capital, are the essence of what makes it unique. City focuses on developing the skills and knowledge of its students and is committed to helping them realise their aspirations, with 70% of graduates being in work or further education six months after graduating.
"Love the university, great location, great staff, fantastic subjects and engaging union, top marks on all fronts indeed.
would definitely recommend to anyone."
King’s College London is best known for studies in humanities, law and the sciences and is dotted across five campuses in London. KCL featured in our list of top 20 unis for personal tutor 2021. Students will find a myriad of facilities suited for their degree at various locations. KCL has global links with over 150 institutions in the US, Germany, Sweden and Singapore, to name just a few. Being based in the heart of London, there is certainly lots to do after lectures. There are over 300 societies, sports and other student activity groups at the Students’ Union.
70% of graduates are in work or further studies six months after graduating. Desmond Tutu, the South African Anglican bishop and theologist, studied theology at King’s in the 60s. Virginia Woolf is another notable alumni, who is recognised as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century.
"I am really enjoying my time at UCL and the facilities are really great. They have many enormous libraries to access resources and quiet places to study.
There are a range of societies and clubs to join."
Located in Bloomsbury, the University College London is home to 41,000 students. There are lots of facilities available to students including 18 specialist libraries, three museums which are open to the public, a Centre for Languages & International Education offering 17 language courses and much more. There are various sports venues across London, including full size football, rugby, lacrosse pitches in Hertfordshire and a health and fitness club in the heart of the SU. UCL is also proud to be well connected globally, with 150+ Erasmus+ partners and partnerships.
The graduate outcomes for UCL show that 73% of graduates are in work or further education sixth after graduating. Chris Martin, who is the lead singer of Coldplay, attended UCL and graduated with first class honours in Greek and Latin!
"My first year at Roehampton was amazing. The lectures were very interesting and the lecturers helped us to engage in our learning. Obviously, living in London was amazing too. Roehampton is close to all the main London destinations and is a 15 minute bus ride away from Westfield!"
Located in the heart of South West London is the University of Roehampton. Roehampton has a gorgeous 54-acre parkland campus with historical buildings combined with modern facilities. Roehampton ranked #6 in our Best Universities of 2021 Award.
When a student is enrolled in Roehampton they will be allocated to one of four historical colleges: Digby Stuart, Froebel, Southlands and Whitelands. These colleges provide social events, sporting activities and other activities like the annual Roehampton College Cup. Each college has its own unique buildings and distinct identity. There are over 50 societies for students to delve into and the Students’ Union put on a multitude of events including live music events, karaoke and The Bop.
Roehampton has partner institutions across the world with locations including New York, Sydney and South America, making it easier for students to study abroad. 94% of students are in work or further studies six months after graduating.
"Studying at LSE is like a dream come true. It has the best of everything, from education to social events. Even during the pandemic the department has managed to keep everyone well connected and has provided all the support needed."
LSE is renowned for studying real world issues and is based right in the heart of London. The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, which is home to over 4 million printed items and there are more than 2,000 seats available for students to park in! With the infamous London skyline as your view, as well as Covent Garden around the corner, you will never be short of things to do outside the uni or at the SU! There are over 200 societies available, from Bacchus Wine society to the Climate Justice society. There is a state of the art gym, a badminton court in the Old Building and LSE’s own sportsground in New Malden.
The graduate outcomes of LSE show that 81% of students are in work or further studies six months after graduating. A whopping 18 LSE alumni or staff members have been awarded a Nobel Prize!