The United Kingdom is home to a vast number of prestigious universities. Every year, students begin the rigorous admissions process to attend one of these schools, including students from all over the world. To gain admission to a top university in the U.K. from wherever a student may be, students must go through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service. The top 10 U.K. universities are the elite, and admission to them is very competitive.
University of Bristol
Located in Bristol, England, the University of Bristol is one of the proclaimed red brick universities, a group of six British universities established as civic science or engineering colleges before World War I. It consistently ranks at the top of lists published by the "League Tables of British Universities." It also receives the most applications per school of any British university, according to its website.
University of Bristol Senate House Tyndall Avenue Bristol BS8 1TH UK 011 (+44) 117 928 9000 bris.ac.uk
University of Exeter
The University of Exeter is located in the southwest of England and has three campuses. They boast high entry standards and low dropout rates, with a great majority of students consistently reporting satisfaction with their academic experiences there, according to the university.
The University of Exeter Mail Room, The Old Library Prince of Wales Road Exeter, Devon UK EX4 4SB 011 (+44) 1392 661000 exeter.ac.uk
Durham University, located in Durham, claims to be the third oldest university in England behind its two heavyweight institutions, Cambridge and Oxford. According to the "League Tables of British Universities," it attracts a largely middle and higher class student body as an alternative to both Cambridge and Oxford.
Durham University University Office Old Elvet Durham DH1 3HP UK 011 (+44) 191 334 2000 dur.ac.uk
London School of Economics
The London School of Economics, or the LSE, describes itself as the world's leading social science institution for both teaching and research. It has the lowest admissions rate of any university in Britain, making it one of the more selective universities.
LSE Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE UK 011 (+44) 20 7405 7686 lse.ac.uk
University of Warwick
Located in the outskirts of West Midlands, England, the University of Warwick is a research-led institution. It has high academic standards and is renowned for its research in numerous areas such as history, mathematics and business, to name a few. It also boasts many notable alumni in a diverse array of fields.
University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL UK 011 (+44) 24 7652 3523 warwick.ac.uk
University College London
University College London (UCL) is based in Bloomsbury and was the first university institution to be founded in London. It maintains a very high academic reputation, particularly for the UCL Law School, as well UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture and Institute of Archeology.
University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT UK 011 (+44) 20 7679 2000 ucl.ac.uk
University of St. Andrews
The oldest university in Scotland, the University of St. Andrews is located in St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. The university is regularly rated high in school rankings, and many of its programs yield eight in 10 graduates who obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
University of St. Andrews College Gate St Andrews Fife KY16 9AJ Scotland, UK 011 (+44) 1334 476161 st-andrews.ac.uk
Imperial College London
Specializing in science, medicine, engineering and business, Imperial College London was a constituent college of the University of London before going independent. Being a dominantly science-based institution, Imperial College regularly holds a high ranking among the engineering and medicine tables of the "League Tables of British Universities."
Imperial College London South Kensington Campus London SW7 2AZ UK 011 (+44) 20 7589 5111 imperial.ac.uk
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in England and is considered one of the leading universities not only in Britain, but in the world. With a very prestigious reputation that makes it something of a household name, its alumni as of 2010 include a whopping 87 Nobel Laureates.
University of Cambridge The Old Schools Trinity Lane Cambridge CB2 1TN UK 011 (+44) 1223 333308 cam.ac.uk
University of Oxford
The second heavyweight university behind Cambridge, Oxford is the oldest university in England. Like Cambridge, Oxford's prestige is no secret, and the school is usually placed at the very top of rankings of the "League Tables of British Universities."
University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD UK 011 (+44) 1865 270000 ox.ac.uk