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The London university rankings based on student reviews

Our Top 10 London Universities league table is based 100% on student reviews from the last year.

We’ve crunched the data on over 900 reviews* of London universities left by students between January 2022 and January 2023. Students reviewed their personal experience of university across 5 categories: campus and facilities, clubs and societies, Students' Union, careers service and WiFi.

Is London the best student city in the world?

There are many top unis in London! Home to many world-recognised universities, London is undoubtedly a higher education hub for students from around the globe. Each university in London has something different to offer academically, bringing a variety of choices to this league table. London is a hotspot for culture and this is reflected in the range of universities on offer. If you want to study at a global university, London is the place to be!

Whether it’s Imperial College London (#3) with its world-leading STEM subjects research and consistently highly-regarded teaching, or the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (#9), a household name in the world of social science, London has strengths both academically and socially.

London universities brim over with history and heritage. For example, University College London (UCL) (#2) and King’s College London (#4) were 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 worth noting that 2 of these universities are also featured in our Top 20 Best UK Universities 2022, showing their consistency in comparison to other institutions around the country, not just in this region.

So where is the best university in London?

If you want to be studying in London for university, scroll down to view our league table and discover which universities received the strongest reviews this year. 

Published: March 2023

Top 10 Best Universities in London 2023


University of Greenwich

“I had the time of my life, the education was exceptional but more importantly I had the best experience. I have made lifelong friends and will definitely recommend Greenwich university to anyone who is considering higher education.”

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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 watching Skyfall and The Crown. 

The University of Greenwich featured in our list of best Students' Unions in 2021. Charles K Kao is a notable alumni from the university. He is known as the “father of fibre optics communications” and his work has led to significant improvements in the modern day internet.




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University College London (UCL)

“UCL is located in central London. It is near Oxford Street and China Town, etc. It is convenient to have a meal after class. And the campus and facilities of the school are outstanding. There are many active societies like the KPOP society and Tennis Ball society. I loveeee my school!”

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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!




Imperial College London

“Imperial is my dream school and I am very glad to have the chance to study here. it has comfortable and great environment for students to study and relax.”

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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.




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King's College London (KCL)

“King’s College London has had a very interesting and educational programme. The support for students living in financial aid has helped bolster my studies. The online services for my course have also been very accommodating.”

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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 tutors 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.




Royal Holloway, University of London

“The campus itself is stunning with the views amazing while also the teaching and lecturers make everything understandable. On campus the facilities for example the library is very good while also having Starbucks and many other food and drink places on campus”

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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. 

Royal Holloway featured highly in our rankings of 20 Best Universities in 2021, as well as coming in the top 20 for teaching quality.

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!




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University of West London

“Amazing staff, amazing support, amazing teaching. You actually learn career focussed skills. One of the best residence in the UK. Really nice area, free uni bus, modern facilities, great nights.”

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Identifying itself as ‘The Career University’, UWL places a high priority on industry skills and graduate outcomes for its students. The university is made up of 8 schools across 2 campuses located in Zone 3 in the neighbourhood of Ealing. It was founded in 1860 and is home to around 12,000 students.




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City, University of London

“I love my school, people are really nice, we have a bunch of really great study areas, and I feel well supported in my studies.”

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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.




Brunel University London

“Great uni and really good location. Close enough to London that traveling in is easy but far enough out that you don't have unnecessarily high living costs.”

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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.




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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

“The new study spaces and buildings are great, and the SU and clubs offer a near never-ending rollout of fun activities and opportunities to get involved. The careers service in particular is spectacular (advice is tailored to every personal situation)”

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LSE is renowned for facilitating the study of real world issues and is based right in the heart of London. The British Library of Political and Economic Science, as it was originally called, was founded in 1896 and is home to over 4 million printed items! 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!




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University of the Arts London

“The school provides a lot of facilities and equipment for students to use, which I really like. There are also many free workshops for students to develop their skills. The teachers and staff are very friendly and willing to help you with your problems.”

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University of the Arts London (UAL) was founded in 1986 and is a globally recognised university for art and design. It is currently made up of around 20,000 students and has 6 colleges located in Zone 1 in the neighbourhood of Holborn. UAL is Europe’s largest speciality university for art and design.



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