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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 3rd

In the wake of 2016’s Brexit vote, there’s been concern that the UK could lose some of its appeal as an international study destination. But the 2017 edition of the QS Best Student Cities sees the nation’s capital climb two places to rank third overall – helped in part by the fall in the value of the pound, which has made it a more affordable proposition for international students.

Of course, London is still not exactly a cheap option. For international students, tuition fees at the city’s top universities approach those charged in the US, while home and EU undergraduate students are feeling the impact of fee increases implemented since 2012. In addition, rent and living costs are significantly higher in London compared to the rest of the UK.

Yet thanks to the concentration of world-class universities, professional and social opportunities, and a mind-boggling cultural confluence that mixes the corporate and the alternative, the historical and the cutting-edge, studying in London may well be worth every penny.

Few cities in the world can rival London's credentials as a nerve-center of global academia. Among its fleet of internationally ranked universities, the current leaders are UCL (University College London) and Imperial College London, which rank 7th and 9th respectively in the QS World University Tops® 2016-2017.

King’s College London is also just one place outside the global top 20, and a whole host of other prestigious institutions are scattered throughout the metropolis – along with world-leading facilities such as the British Library, which constitutes one of the most extensive and significant collections of books and manuscripts in the world.

And of course, the UK's capital is not just an academic hub – it’s an epicenter of international finance and business, culture and creativity, famed for its museums, arts scene, nightlife and diversity. Anything you want to try, see, eat, learn or experience: it’s here.

Are you dreaming of studying in London? Tell us why.

Internationally ranked universities in London


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Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

UCL (University College London) (7th in the world)



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 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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Hi, I am Abigael from Nigeria. I want to ask about how to go about applying for admission on masters program for special education in London or Canada. Thanks

Hi I am Yonatan,I want to free scholarship & I am a student of pharmacy.

hello am mohamed from sierra Leone, I would love to get a scholarship please


Hi Mohamed, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the world's best student cities, which includes options to study in London. You could also check our list of scholarships to study in the UK. :)

Hi...I am Mahmood from Afghanistan ,I am a student in Kabul university but I want to study in London the fees problems do not let me to study in london.... my question is that Is there any free scholarship for students from out of London?

Hi Mahmood, yes! Please take a look at our list of scholarships to study abroad in the world's best student cities, which includes options to study in London. Good luck with your search!

Hi.. l am prabhakar. I am planning to study my masters(computer science) in London. Please suggest me the list of the universities to apply and the fee details of the universities.

Hi Prabhakar, we have an article on the top 10 universities in London, and you can find general information on tuition fees here. I'd advise you to check the official websites of the universites you're interested in to see what their particular tuition fees are for their master in computer science courses. Hope this helps! 

Hello laura,
I am Vikash from India has completed my MSc(CS) in 2014, i want to apply for MS/PhD Program in these universities. Please tell me that what i have to do for admission ?? and how can i will get notification for admission in these universities???

Hi Vikash - please see my response to your question here.