The Top 5 Universities in the UK

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    I'm basing my ranking on The Guardian's  University league table 2011:

    Let's take a closer look at the current Top 5.

    1) Oxford: Everyone knows it's a neverending battle between the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge for acknowledgement as the UK's No. 1 University, and it looks like this year Oxford has just taken the lead.

    Sex ratio (M:F): 53:47Full-time undergraduates: 11,332
    Applications per place: 5Points range: 340-360
    Flunk rate: 2.6%Unemployed after 6mths: 7.4%
    Booze Index: £2.45
    Av. housing cost per week: £101.58
    Av. debt per year: £5,202Access fund: £427,967
    Cost of living: V.expensive


    • Beautiful city
    • 39 colleges and seven private halls, all with their own quirks and characteristics.
    • In recent years, Oxford have been trouncing Cambridge at the top end of the student sports league   
    • Almost everyone can live in College for at least two years, which is far cheaper than renting in town
    •  Each College has its own JCR – a mini-union that co-ordinates ents and plenty of societies


    • The clubbing scene is practically non-existant.
    • ^ Not much time for going out anyway...
    •  City housing is expensive


    2) Cambridge                                             

    Sex Ratio (M:F) 51:49
    Full-time undergraduates: 11,826
    Applications per place: 4Points range: 340-360
    Flunk rate: 1.3%Unemployed after 6mths: 4.8%
    Booze Index: £1.80Av. housing cost per week: £90
    Av. debt per year: £5,716
    Access fund: £310,000
    Cost of living: V. expensive 


    • Beautiful city
    • Contains some of the best academic resources around – the Uni Library is one of six copyright libraries in the country
    • You get an MA with every honours degree!
    • Like Oxford, each College’s JCR (mini-union) looks after its own students' welfare and entertainment
    • 8 week terms!


    • Its student union is one of the poorest and has the lowest profile.
    • Intense academic lifestyle


    3) Warwick

    Sex Ratio (M:F): 50:50

     Full-time undergraduates: 11,203

    Applications per place: 9

    Points range: 300-420
    Flunk rate: 3.6%Unemployed after 6mths: 10.8%
    Booze Index: £1.84Av. housing cost per week: £73.81
    Av. debt per year: £6,451Access fund: £355,850
    Cost of living: Reasonable


    • With more clubs than any other university and a jam-packed social calendar, students aren’t short of something to fill their spare time with
    • The University has the largest Art Centre outside London
    • Brand new student union has just been built, including a new pub, bars and clubs
    • Great Sports facilities
    • With housing for all, first years have no need to leave campus
    • The campus environment, or 'bubble' as it is often referred to, creates a feeling of a close-knit community
    • Second and third years get to live in the beautiful Royal Leamington Spa


    • Leamington Spa is a good 30 minute bus ride away from campus, and the town of Coventry (which is much closer) is otherwise known as Chaventry...
    • 'The Bubble' can get a little claustrophobic and is not to everyone's taste


    4) St Andrews

    Sex Ratio (M:F) 60:40
    Full-time undergraduates: 5,757
    Applications per place: 10Average UCAS entry points: 310
    Flunk rate: 4.8%Unemployed after 6mths: 7.9%
    Booze Index: £1.84Av. housing cost per week: £84.64

    Average debt per year: 3,476

    Cost of Living: Expensive

    Access Fund: 


    • Sandy beaches, rocky coast and glorious countryside make St Andrews a particuarly scenic location 
    • University buildings are also reflect the area’s heritage with some architecture dating as far back as the 15th century.
    • The student body are a close-knit community and on arrival undergrads acquire ‘student families’ who offer academic guidance 
    • All first years are guaranteed halls and self-catering kitchens come complete with dishwashers!
    • Excellent sports facilities
    • If you're interested in Golf, this is certainly the place for you, with 7 golf courses in the local vicinity


    • Unfortunately, golf is about all there is to do in this tiny little town... Students make up a third of its population, and there are no actual clubs.


    5) UCL

    Sex Ratio (M:F): 48:52Full-time undergraduates: 12,192
    Applications per place: n/aPoints range: 240-360
    Flunk rate: 7.6%Unemployed after 6mths: 7.2%
    Booze Index: £1.75Av. housing cost per week: £123.58
    Av. debt per year: £2,971Access fund: £441,972
    Cost of living: V. expensive


    • There'd never be a dull moment with diverse London on your doorstep
    • The SU’s has 8 lively bars and the Bloomsbury Theatre attracts big professional names as well as student productions
    • Sport has a high profile
    • Reputation for academic excellence accross a wide range of subjects


    • Living and accommodation costs are sky high, as expected in central London
    • Acommodation is scattered around London and there is no campus or community feel


     Posted on 19 October 2010 at 13 h 10 (6 years, 8 months ago)
     Updated on 20 October 2010 at 13 h 46


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