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The most unpopular universities in the UK 2017

The most unpopular universities in the UK 2017

This week UCAS have revealed the most popular universities in the UK.

The figures are based on the number of applications placed for each university, looking into the number of students per applicant place.

So, the results are in, and it can be revealed that The London School of Economics and Political Science is officially the most popular university in the country.

Out of the 17,660 people that applied for a The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1,615 people gained a place– tough statistics!

Another university to receive vast applications was the University of Manchester. They received a staggering 63,570 applications!

However, they were also seen to accept the most, probably due to the immense levels of applications, letting in around seven thousand students last year.

The most ‘unpopular’ universities, according to applications, were the ‘notoriously hard to get into’ ones, such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

Cambridge had only 4.9 applicants per each place, whilst Oxford had 6.1 and Durham had 6.2.

Further studies carried out by the Guardian explore more of the most unpopular universities in the country; the bottom ten universities, therefore the worst universities in the UK are

Aberystwyth University

London South Bank University

Newman University


The University of South Wales

Southampton Solent University

The University of the West of Scotland

Leeds Beckett University

Trinity Saint David

London Metropolitan University

Bucks New University

Business Insider this week have also published information on the most expensive universities to attend, with London Metropolitan ranking highest as the hardest place to live financially, whilst The Telegraph have named Brighton as the most dangerous place to live in the UK, meaning that the university is officially the toughest, with crime rates higher than even central London.

Back to the UCAS results, the only universities that was statistically less popular than Oxbridge and Durham were Plymouth and Aberystwyth, hmmm…


Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.