England is known for quality education, and it has a learning institution for anyone who wants to travel there for university. Unlike other countries, England’s most well-known universities are somewhere other than the capital. With so many different universities scattered throughout the country, where do you start? Here are some of the universities that you can consider if you wish to attend university in England.

University of Oxford. When you think of English universities, Oxford is likely one of the first ones to come to your mind. The University of Oxford is a research university located in Oxford in England. The university is the oldest in the English speaking world, with evidence of instruction being done then as early as 1096. Like many of the older English universities, there is not one “campus” per se, but rather colleges, departments, living accommodations, academic buildings, and other important buildings are located throughout the city of Oxford. There are over 22,000 students at Oxford, including 11,832 undergraduates and 9,857 postgraduates. The University has over 16,500 people employed, and 94% of Oxford students are employed or go on to graduate studies after they leave Oxford. Over 80 Nobel Prize recipients have been associated with Oxford at one time in their lifetimes.

University of Cambridge. The University of Cambridge is another popular university that comes to mind when people think of universities in England. It is a public research university found in Cambridge, England. It was founded shortly after Oxford was, making it the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university currently has 31 colleges with six academic schools. Cambridge has a similar layout to Oxford, and currently has over 20,000 students attending the university yearly. About 10% of their undergraduate population consists of international students.

University of London. The University of London includes several well-known colleges and completes the “triangle” of prestigious universities in England. The buildings and “campuses” of the University of London are scattered throughout the large city of London. The nine largest colleges at the University of London are University College London, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King’s College London, the London Business School, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, the School of Oriental and African Studies and London School of Economics and Political Science. It was created by the Royal Character of 1836 by bringing together two already-established universities (London University and King’s College). The university is a federal public university that has over 180,000 students attending the university yearly (135,000 on campus, over 50,000 distance learning).

The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is located in Manchester, England. It is a newer university, formed by the joint efforts of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 2004. Much of the University if found south of the city centre, and like most English Universities, has its buildings scattered throughout the city proper. Approximately 39,000 students and 10,400 staff are at the University of Manchester.

University of Essex. The University of Essex was established in 1963. Unlike most English universities, it has one main campus located in Wivenhoe Park, in Colchester, England. There is also a well-known acting school (East 15 Acting School), located in Loughton, which is also affiliated with the university. There are approximately 11,000 students (8,000 undergraduates) who attend the University of Essex yearly.

These are not the only universities in England. Others that you may consider include the following:

    • Anglia Ruskin University
    • University of the Arts at London
    • Aston University
    • University of Bath
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Bolton
    • BPP University
    • University of Bradford
    • University of Brighton
    • University of Bristol
    • Durham University
    • University of East London
    • University of Huddersfield
    • University of Hull
    • Imperial College London
    • Keele University
    • University of Kent
    • University of Warwick
    • Newman University
    • Newcastle University
    • University of Reading and many, many more.

There are literally hundreds of universities located in England If you are looking for a more complete list with more information about schools in England; you can find an excellent one at The Guardian’s (UK newspaper) website. Their university guide also includes schools from around the rest of the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) but you can sort and search accordingly. Good luck with your university search!

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