The Best Colleges in England

Updated April 17, 2017

Colleges in England include some of the world's most respected institutions. Universities are found in every English region and most cities, from London in the south to Durham in the north. However, several English colleges consistently rank highly in the annual university rankings from the "Guardian" and "Times" newspapers. These are often considered some of the best colleges in England.


Oxford and Cambridge are two of England's oldest and most respected universities. Their similar stature, history and ranking means they are often referred to collectively as "Oxbridge." Oxford and Cambridge are the universities which feature in the top two positions for both the "Times" and "Guardian" rankings 2010. Both are located in southern England. Oxford has welcomed students since 1096, making it the oldest university in the English speaking world. Cambridge alumni include 87 winners of the Nobel Prize.

University of Cambridge The Old Schools Trinity Lane Cambridge, England, CB2 1TN +44-122-333-2200

University of Oxford Wellington Square Oxford, England, OX1 2JD +44-1865-270-000

Imperial College

Imperial College London is one of several colleges that make up the University of London. Imperial is particularly strong in the fields of engineering, medicine, economics and science. The university puts the most financial resources into its services and facilities of any college in England.

Imperial College London South Kensington Campus London, England, SW7 2AZ +44-207-589-5111

London School of Economics

The London School of Economics (LSE) is situated near London's Square Mile, which is the business heart of the capital. The college specialises in economics and political studies. However, there are 23 different departments of study, including mathematics, media and sociology. The university is ranked first in England by the "Guardian" for student job prospects after graduation.

The London School of Economics and Political Science Houghton Street London, England, WC2A 2AE +44-207-405-7686


Warwick is a campus university in the English Midlands. Since 1993, the university has never placed lower than 9th in the "Times" and "Guardian" university leaue tables. Almost 26,000 students attend the college, with courses split between 29 different academic departments.

Warwick University Coventry, England, CV4 7AL +44-247-652-3523


Durham is one of the most northerly of England's best colleges. Like Oxford and Cambridge, Durham is divided into several different colleges. That's an arrangement known as a collegiate system. According to the "Times," 96.7 per cent of all Durham students complete their degree.

Durham University Old Elvet Durham, England, DH1 3HP +44-191-334-2000

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