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Highest-ranked universities in Clearing 2023

Need a uni place? Want a better one than your current offer? These top universities all have places in Clearing for 2023

More than 65,000 students found a university place through Clearing last year. Every year, there are scores of universities to choose from in Clearing, including some of the most prestigious. 

Here are the 15 highest-ranked universities with undergraduate places available in Clearing in 2023. 

Clearing vacancies are updated regularly throughout the Clearing period (which runs from July through to October). Once A-level results have been released, Clearing spaces at these universities can be expected to fill up quickly.

To check on the latest vacancies, check the Ucas Search page or visit the specific university website. You can also find a handy cheat-sheet of university contact details over on The Student Room. 

All university rankings on this page reference The Guardian University Guide main league table. The universities featured had available undergraduate places in at least three different courses when Clearing opened on 5 July 2023. 

University of Bath

Uni ranking | 7th

Bath is highly regarded for its excellence in teaching and research, and for its effectiveness in preparing students for the workplace. All of its subject areas offer a placement, internship or the chance to study abroad. 

University of Warwick campus

University of Warwick

Uni ranking | 8th

Warwick is as respected for boundary-breaking research as for teaching and business collaborations, and renowned for its entrepreneurialism and cosmopolitan outlook.

Loughborough university logo on a hot air balloon

Loughborough University

Uni ranking | 10th

Based on the UK's largest campus, Loughborough University is known in particular for engineering and technology, as well as its sport-related courses and achievements. 

University of Glasgow

Uni ranking | 11th

One of Scotland's four ancient universities, the University of Glasgow was founded almost 600 years ago in 1451. The university is spread over several campuses in and around Scotland's largest city.

The University of Edinburgh

Uni ranking | 12th

A large university with a hefty reputation, the University of Edinburgh is home to more than 25,000 undergraduate students. Many courses are based in the central area of Edinburgh, but some - such as veterinary science - are on the outskirts.

One of the historic buildings of University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Uni ranking | 13th

One of the four ancient Scottish universities (alongside Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow), the University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495. It ranks highly for various courses including sports science, law and physics.

Lancaster university

Lancaster University

Uni ranking | 14th

A research-intensive institution established in 1964, Lancaster University is home to around 9,000 undergraduates. 

University of Exeter

Uni ranking | 15th

A member of the Russell Group since 2012, the University of Exeter has campuses in Truro and Penryn, as well as Exeter, and hosts more than 20,000 undergraduate students.

University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Uni ranking | 16th

A research-intensive university and founding member of the Russell Group, Southampton's focus on excellence has seen it move up the league tables in recent years.

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Uni ranking | 16th

Around 15,000 undergraduates study at the University of Strathclyde. It's particularly renowned for its engineering courses, but also ranks highly for courses such as business, law and pharmacy.

University of the Arts London (UAL)

Uni ranking | 19th

UAL - a university that specialises in art and design - is made up of six colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, the London College of Communication, the London College of Fashion, and the Wimbledon College of Arts.

The University of Leeds campus

University of Leeds

Uni ranking | 20th

A founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Leeds has more than 30,000 students. Former students include politician Jack Straw, astronaut Piers Sellers and musician Mark Knopfler.

A University of York building

University of York

Uni ranking | 21st

The University of York was established in 1963 and has been a member of the Russell Group since 2012. It has made significant investment into its facilities over recent years to ensure that it maintains its impressive reputation.

Aston University

Uni ranking | 22nd

Aston University is located in central Birmingham. It says its mission "is to be the UK's leading university for students aspiring to succeed in business and the professions, where original research, enterprise and inspiring teaching deliver local and global impact."

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