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Higher Education Student Data – open data release

Data released today includes information on UK transnational education, increasing numbers of full-time students living in private sector halls, and a recovery in numbers studying for MBA qualifications.

The data from HESA shows that 666,815 students were studying for UK HE qualifications in 2018/19 without coming to the UK to study. This figure has fallen 4% since 2017/18. China, Malaysia, Singapore and Pakistan had the highest number of students studying for awards or courses of UK universities. (see chart-5)

Statistics on the term-time accommodation of full-time students in the UK showed a rise in the number living in private sector halls of residence. In 2018/19 the number rose 7% since 2017/18 to 160,670. The number living at their parental/guardian home also rose by 4% to 368,475. (see chart-4)

The number of students studying for MBA qualifications rose to 19,545 in 2018/19 having fallen to 15,315 in 2016/17. (see chart-8)

The statistics come from Higher Education Student Data, HESA’s open data release of statistics for the 2018/19 academic year. The release includes detailed breakdowns of student data in five topics:

Most data tables include five years of data, with older data available through HESA’s publication archive.

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