Where do HE students study?
The tables and charts on this page display information about where UK HE students study. Some information is taken from our Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18 and Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2017/18 student bulletin.
All tables and charts include a link underneath allowing you to download the data. Many tables also include a link to download the complete source data as a machine-readable csv file.
The table below shows the number of students at each HE provider. Use the buttons on the right to show a breakdown by sex or domicile (UK/EU/Non-EU). Use the filters to restrict to first year students only, full- or part-time students, or a particular level of study. Due to the size of this table, some browsers may perform better than others.
Table 1 - HE student enrolments by HE provider
Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18
The following table provides data on the breadth of UK student enrolments, including data on HE students at publicly funded HE providers, HE students on designated courses at alternative providers, and HE students at Welsh FE colleges. FE provider level data for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not included. For more details on alternative HE providers, see our Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2017/18 release.
The table below gives a breakdown of students by subject at each HE provider. If you select either the science or non-science principal subjects buttons, a drop-down menu will appear allowing you to show detailed principal subject breakdowns within each subject area. For example, select Languages to see the separate figures for Chinese, French, Spanish, etc.
Table 13 - HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study
Academic years 2014/15 to 2017/18
In the table below use the Domicile marker drop-down to show the countries (EU or non-EU) or UK counties/unitary authorities that students come from. Use the button to see which regions of England students are studying in.
The chart below shows the types of accommodation students lived in during term-time. This data is only collected for full-time students (including sandwich students).
Own residence includes a student's permanent residence, which may be owned or rented by them. Other rented accommodation refers to a more temporary arrangement, such as a yearly house share.
Not in attendance at the provider is used for full-time and sandwich students not currently in attendance at the provider for reasons such as industrial placement or language year abroad.
20% of full time and sandwich students live with their parents/guardians during term-time.
HE Student Data pages
- Who's studying in HE?
- Where do HE students come from?
- Where do HE students study?
- What do HE students study?
- What are HE students' progression rates and qualifications?
- Contents of releases
- Historical data
- Information on staff, graduates and HE providers
- Widening participation - UK Performance Indicators 2017/18
- Higher Education Student Statistics: UK 2017/18 - Statistical Bulletin
- Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 - Statistical First Release
- Custom data and analysis request form
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