Top universities with the lowest crime rates in England and Wales

Durham University tops list based on Complete University Guide crime survey and World University Rankings 2014-15

September 7, 2015
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Location is high on the agenda for many prospective students deciding where to apply to university.

The size of the town, whether the university has a campus or buildings scattered across a city, and nightlife are all factors taken into account. But what about the crime rate in the local area?

Here is a list of the top universities in England and Wales ranked by crime rate, both outside London and within the capital, based on the Complete University Guide crime survey and filtered to only include world-class institutions that feature in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Top 10 universities outside London ranked by crime rate

Institution Complete University Guide crime rate  WUR 2014-15 rank 
Durham University 12.3 83
Aberystwyth University 13.87 351-400
University of Bath 15.94 301-350
University of Oxford 16.34 3
Royal Holloway, University of London 17.18 118
University of Reading 17.62 201-225
Bangor University 18.17 301-350
University of York 18.91 113
University of Hertfordshire 20.02 351-400
University of Exeter 20.68 154

Top London universities ranked by crime rate

Institution Complete University Guide crime rate  WUR 2014-15 rank 
St George's, University of London 29.74 196
Brunel University London 33.4 226-250
Queen Mary University of London 40.87 107
Imperial College London 42.96 9
London School of Economics and Political Science 46.84 34
Birkbeck, University of London 46.95 226-250
University College London 47.07 22
King's College London 47.65 40

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