How to Select the Best University to Study in UK?


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 25 April 2023 & Read Time 5 minutes



When we plan to study abroad, we often get confused about where to start. Which country to choose, which course to pick, or which university to apply to? These are the common questions that come to mind. We suggest you study in the United Kingdom.


The universities there offer a wide range of career options to choose from. British universities are globally renowned for their multicultural academic environment and focus on practical learning. There are over 160 universities in UK which makes it harder to select the best university aligning with your needs. We understand the turmoil you go through. Hence, we developed a guide to help you select the best university to study in UK.

How to Select the Best University?

Check the points below.


1. Check Rankings


Checking the rankings is a good way to start your university shortlisting process. Various organisations rank institutes of higher education worldwide based on various ranking factors. These rankings are further compiled into a list to help prospective students decide where to study. Similarly, these rankings also rank British universities to help students study in UK.


For instance, the QS World University Rankings strongly emphasise research and reputation but leave out teaching effectiveness or student opinions. Other league tables, such as the Complete University Guide and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, emphasise the quality of research and student satisfaction. Even performance in terms of ethics and the environment is ranked by the People and Planet University League. Hence, check ranking factors, understand the methodology and then shortlist.


2. Draw Comparisons


There are things you must consider while choosing the best university to study in UK. These include:


  • Where does the university rank in terms of student care and satisfaction?

  • Which universities offer the course per your needs, along with different options and flexibility?

  • How many students are currently studying at the university?

  • What are the acceptance rates?

  • What are the career prospects after graduating from the university?

  • What is the university’s standing in academic and teaching excellence?

  • How many campuses do they have?

  • What are the various key features?

  • How much do the courses and accommodation cost?

  • Are the degrees recognised worldwide?

  • Which facilities are available to students? Consider labs, libraries, study areas, teaching halls, cafeterias, etc.

  • Where does the university rank domestically and globally, and what are its student reviews?


It is recommended that you compare the shortlisted universities well and pick the one that suits you the best. You can also access UCAS, where you can sort courses by region and subject. Once you've narrowed it down, check university websites to see what specific information is offered. Visit their pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. They might provide online conversations where you can ask questions to academics or students.


3. Select the Location


Selecting a location while looking for a university is also important. Ask yourself if you’d prefer to live in a large city, a town or somewhere remote and quiet. Say if you wish to stay in London, it’ll help you select from universities there only. Understand your requirements and then pinpoint the location you will be okay settling at. Consider things like the cost of living, weather, transportation and accessibility, etc before making the final decision. Take your time, read and research and then make the final decision. Don’t rush things.

Which are the Top Universities in UK?

According to QS World University Rankings 2023, these are the top universities to study in UK:

Top Universities to Study in UK

University Name

Rank (QS WUR)

University of Cambridge


University of Oxford


Imperial College London


University College London


The University of Edinburgh


The University of Manchester


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


The University of Warwick


University of Southampton


University of Glasgow


University of Leeds


Durham University


The University of Sheffield


University of St Andrews


Some other renowned institutes to study in UK are:


  • University of Arts London

  • Kingston University

  • Coventry University

  • University of East London

  • Birmingham City University

  • University of Nottingham

  • University of Bristol

  • Cardiff University

  • Abertay University

  • King’s College London

  • Newcastle University

  • Queen Mary University of London

  • University of York

  • University of Exeter

  • University of Bath

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To conclude, to apply to the best university suitable to your needs, it is best to follow a framework and research. Shortlist universities in UK, keeping the points mentioned above in mind. Read about those universities and choose the one that best aligns with your interests. We understand the process sometimes becomes stressful, but there’s nothing to worry about. Once you select the university and course, the whole process becomes easier. 


If you are still trying to decide or want to get further guidance, we encourage you to have a word with our team of expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants(MOEC). If you cannot travel to our offices, we offer online counselling services via our website. Our dedicated counsellors will provide the best guidance regarding your application to study in UK. Don’t hesitate to contact us at or call us at 1800-1230-00011.

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