Top UK Cities to Study Abroad in for College

The truth is that when it comes to choosing your city to study abroad in the UK there are no bad choices.

You will adapt to your chosen city’s culture, adopt its quirky sayings and fall in love with it while at college.

Your top choice will depend on what you’re looking for from your college experience; the academic prestige, history and culture of the city or even the infamous party lifestyle.

We know that most people don’t have the luxury of travelling all the way across the pond just to visit before deciding. So, here’s a list of the top UK cities to study abroad in for college:

5) London

When people think of the UK this is often the first city they think of, afterall it is the capital.

London offers some of the best options anywhere worldwide when it comes to culture, entertainment and of course studying.

It has reputable institutions such as King’s college London and Imperial College London, and rates highly in openness to international students.

We couldn’t not include London in this list, but the UK has other cities with very different offerings.

4) Belfast

Consistently ranked high as one of the UK’s most student-friendly cities, Belfast is often overlooked.

It offers a blend of rich culture and history with a modern, edgy aesthetic resulting from a decade of innovation.

A compact city, it’s easy for students to get around, and offers a vibrant nightlife.

A particular draw for students studying abroad is that there is always somewhere to visit close by.

In close proximity to Belfast, you’ll find the coast, Giant’s Causeway, and just over the border the Republic of Irelands capital – Dublin.

3) Leicester

Leicester has its own unique culture that pairs well with a dynamic student community.

Consistently voted highly in student polls of the best cities to study for college. It is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK with the largest Diwali outside of India.

With great connection to other major cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham, it’s also a great homebase for those students who want to explore more of the UK during their college breaks.

We recommend opting for private student accommodation in Leicester.

2) Edinburgh

As a student in the Scottish capital you’ll get to experience the city in a way the masses of tourists wish they could.

Enjoying the historical architecture and medieval cobbled streets that pave the way to the prestigious University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier university.

While also experiencing the vibrant city life that it offers, with an abundance of shopping, art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs.

1) Manchester

For a large city Manchester is relatively compact with its universities clustered right in the city centre.

Students come here for college and stay for the city, with over a 60% retention rate after graduation.

Northerners are renowned for being friendly, this paired with big cultural events, fantastic sport, musical heritage, rich history and a diverse nightlife it’s easy to see why it is a popular choice for students.

Special Mentions

With a wide offering of dynamic student cities on offer in the UK, this is by no means a complete list.

Glasgow, Sheffield, Cambridge, Liverpool, Newcastle and Brighton are among some of the others who just missed out on the top five spots.

Huynh Nguyen

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