An Excellent Education Can be Found in UK Universities

An Excellent Education Can be Found in UK Universities

Everyone knows that London is one of the greatest cities in the world.  However, it is also one of the most expensive cities to live in the UK.  If studying across the pond is on your wish list, but think that London may be out of your price range, there are several other notable cities throughout the UK worth considering.  Here are some cities and schools you should add to your study in UK list.


Forget London, all you could ever need is in the fabulous city of Manchester.  If you like to go out after a hard day’s study, Manchester is a lively city buzzing with events, cinemas, clubs and bars (often with great student discounts and special offers), so you’ll never be short of things to do.  Manchester also has some of UK’s finest Universities.

University of Manchester

(#55 World University Rankings 2016-2017)

Tuition: Starting at $20,000 USD to $29,000 USD (Bachelors and Masters, depending on program)

Federal Student Aid: Eligible

Cost of Living:  Shared Housing (as low as 80$ per month), Apartment (as high as $1100 for 1 bedroom)

The University of Manchester is one of the largest and most subscribed to universities in the UK. It was ranked 8th  in the Times Higher Education, Best Universities in the UK 2017 and 59th in the world by the US News and World Report for 2018. It is a public research university and boasts over 39,000 students and 10,400 faculty. The university has 25 Nobel Laureates and four are currently among its staff.  It also has one of the largest endowments of any university in the UK.


York is a picturesque walled city positioned along the river Ouse in North Yorkshire, UK.  The city is famous for its medieval city walls, the longest at 3.4 KM in all of the UK.  A long walk along these walls will leave a lasting impression of this beautiful city. There are also plenty of aged and atmospheric buildings for you to feel wrapped in history, such as the National Railway Museum,  the York Minster – the largest medieval church in England,  York Castle and Clifford’s Tower.  While steeped in history, York also has one of the best universities in the UK.

University of York

(#129 World University Rankings 2016-2017)

Tuition: Non-EU students beginning at $21, 290 USD (Bachelors and Masters degrees, depending on program)

Federal Student Aid: Eligible

Cost of Living: 1 bedroom houseshare starting at $350 USD per month, Studio apartments starting at $900 USD per month

The University of York is located in one of the UK’s favorite cities. The university consistently ranks high among universities throughout England.  It is currently ranked 20th on The Complete University Guide for UK universities. The university has around 15,000 students and is truly an international campus as 25% of the student body is from outside the UK.

The campus is located in a park like setting and is connected by many footbridges, foot path and bike trails. Within the campus itself there are many amenities such as shops, cafes, and restaurants.  The university also boasts over 180 student organizations, clubs and societies.  The University of York is an amazing university and should be placed at the top of the list of study in UK schools.  Some notable alums include, Greg Dyke (Head of the Football Association), Bryan Elsley (scriptwriter and creator of Skins), and Zoe Lyons (comedian).


Birmingham is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.  The city has several Michelin starred restaurants, has a beautiful network of towpaths to walk and a very busy city center to enjoy.  Birmingham also has an exciting indie music scene.  If you are more interested in historical sights, right outside the city is Cannon Hill Park, Aston Hall, Winterbourne House and Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.  Birmingham is also home to the highly ranked, University of Birmingham.

University of Birmingham

(#130 World University Rankings 2016-2017)

Tuition: Starting at $19,818 USD a year, up to $46,000 for clinical studies (Bachelors and Masters, depending on program)

Federal Student Aid: Eligible

Cost of Living: Shared Housing starting at $300 a month, Furnished Studio apartments starting at $700 a month

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Birmingham UK.  It is the fourth largest university in the UK and is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Shakespeare Institute and the Lapworth Museum of Geology.  Some notable alums include, Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), David Gill (Chief Executive of Manchester United), Terry Spencer (war photographer for LIFE Magazine) and many others.

Higher education in the United Kingdom has an impressive reputation.  With 13 universities listed in the top 100 World University Rankings for 2016-2017, it is no surprise that a UK university degree is considered to be of the highest standard.

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