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Where do HE students study?

HE Student Data Where do HE students study?

On this page: Students by HE provider | Location of study | Student accommodation

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, 2016/17 (SFR) and Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 (SFR) releases. 

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.

Students by HE provider

What do we mean by HE provider?

HESA collects data from universities, higher education colleges and other specialist providers of higher education. Collectively, we refer to these organisations as higher education (HE) providers. Most tables of HESA data count students at publicly funded higher education institutions plus the University of Buckingham. From 2016/17, HE level students at further education (FE) colleges in Wales are included, but not students at FE colleges in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. These tables don't include other alternative providers unless specified.

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. Check the box on the right to view a table including alternative HE providers.

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Table 1 - HE student enrolments by HE provider

2016/17

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Figure 11 - HE student enrolments (including on AP designated courses) by provider and domicile

2016/17

 
 
 
 

View data on ethnicity, disability and age broken down by HE provider

Additional data on students at alternative HE providers is available in our Higher Education Student Statistics: Alternative Providers, 2016/17 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.

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Table 13 - HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study

2016/17

 
 
 
 
 
 

Table 13 - HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study

2016/17

 
 
 
 
 
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Table 13 - HE student enrolments by HE provider and subject of study

2016/17

 
 
 
 
 
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See What do they study? for more detailed information on HE courses

Location of study

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.

Table 11 - HE student enrolments by domicile and region of HE provider

2016/17

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Student accommodation

The chart below shows the types of accomodation students lived in during term-time. This data is only collected for full-time students (including sandwich students).

Chart 4 - Full-time and sandwich students by term-time accommodation

2015/16 and 2016/17

 
What's the difference between Own residence and Other rented accommodation?

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.

What does Not in attendance at the provider mean?

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.

Further data

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