Every city or town on the list meets the following criteria:
1. It is the base for at least two universities.
2. At least 10,000 students physically attend classes there.
3. Students make up at least 5% of the total population.
The list was drawn up using government and university figures and by estimating student numbers at different campuses. We also allowed for near-term growth in attendances. Other types of university cities and towns are identified below.
Thirty cities and towns meet the student-number criteria (2 and 3) but are the base for just one university. There some amazing single-university towns that have strong international reputations and student satisfaction scores.
The almost university towns are places that are the base for a university but don't qualify as a university town. They may have too few university students and/or students are only a small proportion of the population. Depending on how the universities are set up, the almost university towns can still provide students with a rich university experience.