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London students lead the way in university applications

Record numbers of students have applied for university this year, with London leading the way with the largest increase in applications. The number of students applying in the capital is 23% higher than the national average.

18-year-olds living in London were over 40% more likely to apply than those living in the North East, and 25% more likely to apply compared to the rest of England.

London pipped to post as best student city

London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student.

It just missed out to Paris, which took the top spot in the survey by QS Best Student Cities.

It's the second year in a row the French capital has been voted number one.

The top 50 are selected based on their scores in five categories.

The 'student mix' category considers the student community, including the ratio and volume of international students.

The 'employer activity' category looks at which cities are thought by employers to produce the best graduates.

The 'quality of living' category is based on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and the Global and World Cities index.

The 'affordability' category is based on cost of tuition fees, the Big Mac Index (retail prices), the iPad Index (how much an iPad costs) and the Mercer Cost of Living Index.


Concern for London institutions despite high ranking

There are still concerns for our world-leading 'brand name' institutions: Imperial College London, University College London plus the universities of Manchester and Bristol have all slipped to varying degrees.

Although other institutions have risen, and some significantly, such global brands act as flagships for the rest of the UK, so this is a worry.

– Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings