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Studying in the United Kingdom:
7 Top Universities in South East England

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Continuing our blog series on studying in the United Kingdom (UK), we now turn our attention to South East England!

South East England comprises the counties of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, and West Sussex. It boasts the picturesque villages, market towns, and seaside resorts that England is known for, as well as a number of bustling cities. This part of England also happens to be home to some of the UK’s top universities. This blog post explores seven of them!

Nottingham Trent University — Clifton Campus

Nottingham Trent University — Clifton Campus

Nottingham Trent University is building the university of the future—a forward-looking institution that changes lives. The university empowers and inspires its community of students, staff, and alumni by valuing their ideas, celebrating their achievements, and creating opportunities. Nottingham Trent University is committed to building lasting academic, social, and professional relationships. It offers a hands-on, work-focused curriculum that puts jobs at the heart of learning, and provides groundbreaking employability initiatives and relationships with industry leaders at home and abroad.

The Clifton Campus, situated in Clifton, a suburb of Bristol, recently underwent a £20 million transformation. Its newly unveiled state-of-the-art Clifton Pavilion generates more energy than it consumes. For students requiring transportation between Clifton Campus and the university’s main campus, City Campus, in Nottingham, the Go2 Uni 4 bus conveniently runs every eight minutes. A third campus, Brackenhurst Campus, is located in Southwell, in the East of England.

University of Surrey

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. It was established in 1966 and currently boasts a community of over 16,000 students, including more than 6,000 international students. With a beautiful and vibrant campus, the university provides exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire and empower students for personal and professional success.

Located in the town of Guildford, Surrey, the University of Surrey is a short train journey from London. The campus is also home to the world-class Surrey Sports Park, which was the training base for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafés, and pubs. For students looking for excitement off campus, Guildford’s town centre is nearby.

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University of Reading

University of Reading

The University of Reading, based in the historic market town of Reading, Berkshire, was founded in 1892 as an extension of University College, Oxford. Since receiving its own charter in 1926, Reading has developed into a successful research-intensive institution with a global reach. Students will benefit from close collaboration with world-leading researchers in a wide variety of fields. Currently, there are over 19,000 students from more than 150 different countries attending the University of Reading.

The main campus is set in more than 300 acres of beautiful parkland, which has earned the University of Reading nine consecutive Green Flag Awards, recognizing it as one of Britain’s best green spaces. The campus is a thriving community and features a number of places to eat and one of the UK’s best student clubs.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London prides itself on the quality of both its research and its teaching. Royal Holloway was officially opened by none other than Queen Victoria in 1886. Initially founded as an all-women college, its alumni include the celebrated author Mary Anne Evans, who wrote such classics as Middlemarch under the pen name of George Eliot. It’s now a top 20 UK university and part of the University of London system of schools.

The main campus is on 135 acres of rolling woodland in Egham, Surrey, between Windsor and Heathrow. The campus’s historic Founder’s Building dates back to 1881 and has been a filming location for many TV shows and movies, including Downton Abbey and Jack Ryan. There is an additional campus in Bloomsbury, in London’s bustling West End.

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University of Chichester

University of Chichester

The University of Chichester has a long history of higher education, having celebrated its 180th anniversary in 2019. The university is known for helping students achieve their aspirations through high-quality, personalized teaching and excellent student support—it’s a place where students are known by name and not just a number. It has a long tradition of working with international students and understands the needs of those studying away from their home country and culture. All programs are designed with international students in mind, and there are several programs and academic services available especially for them.

Chichester is a thriving city with ancient roots. It boasts good public transit and terrific culture and entertainment, including the world-renowned Chichester Festival. Its location makes it ideal for exploring the UK’s south coast, with the beach nearby and London just a quick 90-minute train ride away. The Bognor Regis Campus, located just seven miles from the main university campus, is based in the beautiful seaside resort town of the same name.

University of Sussex International Study Centre

University of Sussex International Study Centre

With a curriculum that’s been carefully designed to align with courses at the University of Sussex, studying at the University of Sussex International Study Centre is the start of your academic journey at Sussex. In choosing to study at Sussex, you will be joining an international community of staff and students from over 145 countries. You will make lifelong friends and develop the skills and confidence you need for success in your degree and future career.

The University of Sussex is based in the village of Falmer, Sussex, and is surrounded by the beautiful South Downs National Park, England’s newest national park. Despite its semi-rural location, there are a host of shops, bars, and cafés on campus. It’s also in close proximity to Brighton, a vibrant seaside resort city, making it a wonderful place to call home during this exciting chapter in your life. 

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University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

The only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, the University of Buckingham is also one of the smallest in the country, with around 2,700 students (approximately 1,600 on campus). Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study. Buckingham keeps class sizes small, with a student-to-staff ratio of 10.4:1, and offers personalized and engaging study groups. The university attributes its success to its dedicated staff and, above all, students. Graduates follow in a distinguished line and carry its reputation to even greater heights. 

The university’s campus has a reputation for being one of the most attractive in the region. The River Great Ouse, home to an array of wildlife, winds through the heart of the campus. Teaching takes place in restored historic structures, such as the Franciscan Building, a former friary, and the Chandos Road Building, a converted turn-of-the-century milk factory. Students can take a study break in the Hunter Street Library, once a military barracks. Buckingham has two additional campuses across England: Crewe Campus and London Campus.

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