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The Best UK Universities 2022

And the winners are….  

We are very excited to announce the 2022 winners of StudentCrowd’s University Awards. 

It's official, the Best UK University 2022, as voted by students in 15,871 authentic student reviews, is… Keele University!

Professor Trevor McMillan OBE, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: 

“We are delighted to have been ranked as the Best UK University in this year’s StudentCrowd awards, and the fact that this award is a direct result of our students’ feedback is particularly humbling and welcome. 

My sincere thanks go to our students for their positive feedback, and for the confidence they put in the student experience and educational offering we provide at Keele. I must also pay tribute to our hard-working staff, both academic and professional services, whose efforts to provide our students with an outstanding education and student experience – especially throughout the disruption of the Covid pandemic – are to be commended.” 

Huge congratulations to Keele University for going above and beyond to ensure a fantastic student experience in the new post-COVID world! It is brilliant to be able to celebrate the hard work all our top 20 universities are putting in to help university life return to the new normal. 

How it works

To reveal the top 20 UK universities overall and within each individual review category, we analysed 15,871 authentic student reviews across 11 different categories that students rated out of 5 stars. (Our FAQs below give further detail if you're interested.)

See the full winners league table for our top 20 overall Best UK Universities 2022 here.

Check out our list below for the top 20 league tables for each of the individual categories within our university and course reviews. 

The full list of university rankings is right here!

Best Universities for Campus and Facilities 2022

Best Universities for Clubs and Societies 2022

Best Universities for Students’ Union 2022

Best Universities for Careers Service 2022

Best Universities for Internet and WiFi 2022

Best Universities for Value for Money 2022

Best Universities for Teaching Quality 2022

Best Universities for Personal Tutor 2022

Best Universities for Course Content 2022

Best Universities for Job Prospects 2022

Congratulations to all our winners who have delivered a fantastic student experience over the last 24 months. 

Think your university should top the charts next year?  Leave a review here

When it comes to UK university rankings, StudentCrowd’s Best Universities 2022 league table is one of the most sought-after league tables around. That's because our awards are the only university league tables to be based 100% on student opinion gathered through our verified student reviews. We only allow students to leave a review using an email address. This means you can guarantee every review left on our site is a genuine student. 

In 2020, UCAS discovered that “online reviews by students” was the 2nd most important resource for applicants choosing a university. University reviews are becoming central to university decision making for both UK and international students.

How are the winners selected?

Winners have been selected based on their average review score over the 24-month period from June 2020 to May 2022. The average review scores are across our university, course and accommodation review categories.

Please note, these rankings are a snapshot from 2020-22 reviews whereas our live university league table is updated daily with the latest review scores.



Why is our university ranked X in the University Awards but Y in the StudentCrowd League Table? 

The University Awards are calculated using an unweighted average of review scores from the last 24 months for university reviews, course reviews and university accommodation reviews.

The StudentCrowd League Tabled is powered by the StudentCrowd Rating, an algorithm that ranks universities based on review age, review volume and review authenticity. More on this here.

The live League Table changes every day but the 2022 University Awards are static so we can celebrate the achievements of the past 2 years. Therefore, it is possible to have a different position in the League Table and in the annual awards. 

How are the winners selected?

Winners are selected purely on their average review score over the 24-month period from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2022. The average review scores are across our university, course and university accommodation review categories. 

How many reviews do you need to qualify for the University Awards?

To qualify for the Best Overall University Award, a university must have at least 100 reviews.

Can I update the image and other information on the university’s StudentCrowd profile as it is out of date?

If you are an award-winner and would like to update your photo or StudentCrowd profile, please mention that to the team member who has contacted you. 

The entry requirements you have listed on our profile are out of date. Can you change these?

Entry requirements displayed on the site are an average taken across all of the university’s courses using up-to-date UCAS data. Please let us know if you think these are incorrect and we will look into it further. Send your query to

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